Pet Portrait Dog process… #3

Then I put resist or mastik on the little highlights that I notice in the image. I want to reserve the white areas as I paint in the rest in and many times if I try to just avoid these areas it puts a real crimp in the style of laying down washes and areas of paint to bleed. The yellow that you see on this paper is that “mastik” and it is drying before I begin to put values down on the layout.

2 mastik dog hurleyI entered this watercolor in the Dick Blick Art Supplies, “Pet Portrait” competition. Here is a link to my entry, please vote for me starting May 23rd (Mon) thru May 30th (Mon). They allow one vote each day. The person with the most votes could win an art supply package worth $350 along with the kudos of the notoriety of the win. We all know how much artist’s love art supplies!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #2

After good reference material is located, I use the black and white version of the photography to layout the image on the watercolor paper. As I do this I tend to concentrate on putting down only the dark areas first, I sketch kind of ignoring the medium tones till later.

black & white shot dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix

Here is that first layout sketch on the watercolor paper and now our journey begins.1 sketch dog hurley

I entered this watercolor in the Dick Blick Art Supplies, “Pet Portrait” competition. Here is a link to my entry, please vote for me starting May 23rd (Mon) thru May 30th (Mon). They allow one vote each day. The person with the most votes could win an art supply package worth $350 along with the kudos of the notoriety of the win. We all know how much artist’s love art supplies!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #1

One of my favorite slogans is, “My Goal is to Become the Person My Dog Thinks I Am!” How do you go about painting a best friend? Hurley is not my dog, he is my daughter’s family member but to our delight he gets to visit us in the country off and on. He is a dog without a “mean bone” in his tall and lean body. Being a 3/4 Golden Retriever and 1/4 Poodle mix with golden brown eyes and hair that wonderful strawberry blond color (with tons of curls). He walks around with a smile 24/7 always willing to play and run.

The best way to start the portrait process is to go through photographs and see if you have a stellar one to work from. This is a photograph that my grandson Nathanael took with my camera while we taking a ride in the back of the truck last summer. This shot is upclose giving details that I need for the way his hair gleams in the sun. Unfortunately, it does not show his eye details well and it cuts off the end of his tongue. I will need to take a look at him to verify those details or I will need other photographs to see that.

color dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix

My first step is usually to take the photograph and make a black and white version of it to do my layout with.

black & white shot dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix