This pet portrait was just that. The client had received a portrait of her dog as a bridesmaid gift. She asked me to paint her mother's dog, a beautiful Whippet named Ekeko.
Judging from the image below, it looks like I've found a new style of canvas called camo!
Because the prior painting was oil, I can't gesso over it to get a nice white background (acrylic over oil doesn't work well). A pencil drawing is hard to see against the mottled color, so I use black ink to sketch the outline:
The easel setup you see above ↑ is the canvas affixed into an open foam-core box. When the painting is completed, I'll fold up and tape the box to keep the painting safe in shipping. (Click images to see them larger)
Now that Ekeko is drawn, I start painting the background a rich sienna brown. You can see the photo I'm using to the right:
I paint the sides of the canvas as well. Paper inserted behind it keeps the foam core box clean:
After the background, I paint the eyes because they are the same color:
Next I paint the face by making a gray/black from the same brown mixed with blue, white and red:
As I go, I adjust the background where needed. It helps make the portrait pop if the background is light against the dark parts of the fur and darker where the fur is white:
The details of the collar are next. The client lets me decide whether to include it or not. In this case, I feel the collar adds to the portrait:
|"Ekeko" Pet Portrait of a Whippet - 7x5 oil on canvas|
Hope you enjoyed the demo. Ekeko is a beautiful dog, don't you agree?
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