This is my first border terrier portrait and what a gorgeous one she is. I went to photograph Lucy for this so her sweet character is what I really want to capture.
|The finished painting, pastel on velour, 12″x16″|
|My sketch transferred onto the velour and a shot of my desk setup|
|Starting to layer up the background. I want to create a plain
background but incorporate the rug Lucy was photographed on.
|I use some pastel pencils for small detail around
eyes but most of the colour is applied with larger
soft Unison pastels.
|You can see a violet grey pastel I’ve broken in half
to get sharp edges. Every shard of a pastel gets used
so I’ve no problems in breaking them when I need
|A shot showing my reference photo. My final highlights on
Lucy will bring out her brightest areas. I constantly go back and
darken the darkest areas and re-highlight the brightest areas.
|Close up of Lucy’s face finished.|