My client has a 7x5 oil portrait that I had painted of her dog, Lila, and wants a similar portrait of Riley to hang on the wall next to Lila's.
It was taken from above which makes the chest look too small compared to the head. I will fix this in the drawing so it looks like we are seeing Riley at his level.
Read more to see how I painted his portrait!
Once the background is painted, I start on his fur. Blending his white fur into a wet background helps it look softer around the edges.
Riley is mostly white, but he has some pink and tan tones on his face. I paint the shadows with a violet gray:
The fur on his face is roughly blocked in. I will work on it more later, but for now, I'll complete all his fur:
Dark shadow tones are laid in first, then white will be painted on top:
Once all his fur is blocked in, I lighten the area around his mouth. The client asked me to eliminate the tangles of fur on his face, but she still wants him to look like himself. Riley has problems with his teeth and won't let anyone brush the fur around his mouth because it hurts. Poor thing!
Last, I begin to paint his features:
You can click the images to see them larger:
Eyes are next:
Now it's time to stand back a little to see how things look. Even though I'd originally decided to leave out his collar (Lila does not have one in her portrait), I think Riley could use a bit of color. His collar is blue, which will match the background...
The client has left it up to me to decide, so I'll give it a go:
I like it! I'll add his tags as a last detail...
and below is the finished portrait of Riley:
|Riley - 7x5 Oil Portrait of a Maltese Poodle|
My client was happy and excited with the finished portrait. When it arrived, she hung it up with Lila's and sent me a picture. They look great together, don't you think?
|Lila and Riley pet portraits|
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