Osca is my first whippet painting and I love whippets so have been waiting for a good opportunity to paint one. They have the most gorgeous big eyes which of course is part of their characteristics as a gazehound like their bigger greyhound relatives. Then there is that lovely brindle coat and the sensitive way they hold themselves. I love them! Hope you enjoy Osca’s progress.
My line drawing on the yellow velour I’m starting to block in some of the background. Beside a window can make a great setting for a portrait as it creates good light and shadow. Without some shadows a picture can look very flat so this image gives me great scope for making it appear 3D.
I always tend to work on ears first, partly because they are at the top and partly because I like to get a little area done early to choose my colours and get a feel for the fur. Just from doing the ears I have picked a lot of the shadow and highlight colours I will use throughout his face. I’m using mostly my Unison half stick animal set for this. It’s so handy as it has almost everything I need for a piece like this. You can see this set which is available to purchase directly from Unison on their site HERE
I use Faber Castell pastel pencils for detail. I like to outline an eye first before filling it in. Osca’s eyes have really interesting reflections in them. They remind me of Escher’s reflecting globe self portrait. I love how the whole window appears in it’s warped perspective.
Using Unison BV 9 a lovely vibrant blue from the set which I use a lot in the shadow side or reflections on black animals. It works really well when you are painting a warm brown or orange dog as it compliments the orange really well.
Here is a little close up of Osca’s pretty eyes. Hope you’ve enjoyed his progress. If you would like to find out how to commission your own portrait have a read on my Pricing page here for more info or get in touch via the contact form.