I was asked to paint Clancy the spaniel and Bolt the retriever as a special birthday surprise. I went to meet and photograph them on a beautiful hazy morning perfect for photographing in the garden. Hope you enjoy their progress.
|The finished painting, pastel on velour 20″x18″|
|A few of the reference photos I took. I’ve used a selection to
work from which is quite normal with a group portrait. It’s
very rare to get one photo of dogs together and I quite like being
able to choose the strongest elements from several images.
|My background is very simple to draw more attention to the dogs.
Their darkness will stand out lovely against the muted background
|The first bit of blocking in with black. A lot of the dog is done
in black first marking in the darkest areas and the flow of the hair.
|Using smaller shards of pastel in blues, oranges
and yellows I’ve begun marking in the highlighted
areas. Because it was such a bright day the sheen
off the coat of a black dog is so contrasted.
|Using a nice sharp edge on a Unison pastel
to get some small highlights.
|Once I get his paws done and the grass up around
them it gives a proper sense of where he’s sitting.
|Some pastel pencils are useful for nostrils and
smaller detail around the eyes but it’s very minimal
use as the main colour and strong marks come from
the Unison pastels.
|Last bits of grass in the foreground.|
|Beautifully framed in Art & Home Holywood.
I think this is my favourite use of this frame yet, it just
suits them perfectly!