I'll begin by painting the background. The dogs are a light color, so I paint the background dark to make them show up well.
This will make a more interesting area than if I'd just painted with a flat dark color. I'll probably do another transparent wash over parts of it when it's dry to even out the colors a bit.
I'm using the exact same colors that I used in the background to paint his fur: rust, blue and rose with the addition of a pale sandy yellow called raw sienna.
Still using the same four colors, I vary the proportions and intensity to create black for the pupils of the eyes, mouth and nose
You can click any of the pictures to see them larger.
There are several ways to create a soft, fuzzy impression with watercolor. In this case, I use wet-into-wet technique.
I wet an area near the outside edge of the dog and then pull some of the dark background color into it adding additional color as needed. This will eliminate the "hard" edges and give the impression of fur. Check the picture below to see how this looks.
Here's Huney Bear! The coloring around his head is a bit too red, so I'll work on adjusting the tones and begin working on Ginger's portrait too. Click here to see the rest of the Pomeranian dogs watercolor demonstration.
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