I recently got my first commission to paint a pet portrait, and for some reason it intimidated me a bit, to portray the character and soul of the pet in watercolor, especially when I don’t know the pupper. I did a portrait of our Tulie dog, but this was different.
I found LOADS of other things to do of course, I can rule at procrastination without trying too hard! but I finally determined to start and document my progress. This is the first study.
In preparation for the eyes, I watched two videos, one by Jake Winkle and the other by Jean Haines . Jake talks about making glow in the eyes (and other places) but mingling cools and warms and starting with the blue highlight of the eye (reflecting the sky) with cerulean. Jean talks about making sure to soften the edges of the eyes, and nose for that matter, by blending out the edges with a damp brush, at least here and there, so the elements don’t look glued on top of the face.
The colors I planed to use were Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Quinacridone Burt Scarlet, Carmine, Cobalt and Indanthrone blue. Not sure if I added others in there, but those are the mingling splotches to the right of the portrait.
So here are the stages of progression of the portrait. I figured I would do several studies and perhaps one would be the one the owner picks, or I may need to do more. We’ll see how it goes.
I don’t like the right eye, as we’re looking at it, it’s too large and doesn’t have the glow. The other eye may be better but I’m curious to know what color the dog’s eyes are in real life, because in the photo they are blue and I’m not sure if that’s accurate.
I think as a further exercise before doing another study, I will do studies of eyes and noses randomly on a page and get the hang of the mingle of colors and the form.
So that’s it for today’s posting. What are you up to? What suggestions or criticisms of the work do you have for me? Thanks for stopping by…