My first Christmas commissioned piece has been gifted a little early so I’m sharing these three scamps with you. This is Ben, Blossom and Murphy.
|The Westies Pastel on velour 12″x18″|
|The photo reference I worked from. I went to photograph the
left and right dogs but Blossom in the middle is sadly no longer
so I used some reference the client had of her.
|I’ve sketched this whole composition which I pieced together first
on Photoshop out on normal cartridge paper first. Then I cover
the back of this and transfer it onto the velour.
|Going for a neutral gradient in the background. I want it to be warm
but provide a good contrast for the light coats.
|Using Unison pastels. I love their light range
and use all these warm and cool tones to create
some depth to the fur. I save white or Unison Grey 27
as the brightest highlights.
|This shows some of the colours I use in the under layer
to create the flow of the fur.
|Blossom’s picture is tricky as I’m working from the light in
the others to try and match her into the composition.
|I often get asked how I get small detail with big
Unison sticks. This shows how one has worn
down leaving me with a nice sharp edge to use.
My crumbs and bits and pieces are so useful!
|Using Faber Castel pencils for the very small details.|
|All finished and in their frame. Beautiful framing from
Art & Home Holywood. Framed with a double mount and