OK, now that Rex is painted in, it's time to start on Buster. Buster is an energetic dog who loves to chase his orange ball outdoors. Even though the ball will not be in the portrait since it's a close-up, it will be somewhere. Guess where? In his master's hand.
I've chosen a pose for Buster that has a focused look on his face as if he's just waiting for someone to throw that ball!
Since he is part border collie, he has lovely thick white fur on his chest that contrasts with his dark coat.
Eyes are round, but they are painted differently than a solid round object. Something that is shiny and solid has a highlight on the light side and is dark on the shadow side.
But eyes let the light pass through them. So the light side will have a highlight in the pupil, but the shadow side will be lighter in the iris where the light passes through. This helps to achieve very realistic eyes. You can click the image to see it closer.
I check, not only the photos I'm using as reference, but also the other photos send by the client to do this.
Rex's nose needs some trimming down. A "scrubber" brush is useful to gently pull out highlights or take off paint as needed. I also will use a watercolor brush to remove thin lines of color where this makes sense.
Here are the two boys! I've deepened the color of the background to give it more depth and complement the dogs' coats.
Buster, with eyes alert, is waiting for you to throw him his favorite ball, while mellow Rex is "chillin" in the foreground.
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