Ellie came to my house for photographing so I got a real sense of her lively character and loving nature. I sat her side on to a window so that I would get some nice colourful shadows on the white side of her face, otherwise it just came out as a bright white flat area. Her owner fancied a blurry green background, which I forgot to make a note of at the time. This is why I started with a different background which I don’t normally do. But I got there in the end!
|The finished painting of Ellie 10″x12″ pastel on velour|
|The main photo I worked from. I’ve lightened the shadow
side of her face a good bit and added a lot of green to her
sheen to tie in better with the background.
|I love painting black dogs as I can start off with
the very contrasted dark areas and add bright colours
on top for the reflections.
|The background changed and I’ve gone around all my
dark edges again feathering them out over the new
|Almost there…just lots of fine hairs to do so looking
for sharp or broken edges of my Unison to do this.
A pastel pencil doesn’t show well over black pastel, but
an edge of a soft pastel makes the marks bright and clean.
|Close up of the scan showing the colours
I’ve used on the right of her face.
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