My goal this year is to do more portraits in graphite. After spending three years on Sadie Valeri online drawing/painting program, I finally finished up this year. I wanted to apply the techniques and concepts that I had learned to this drawing.
This portrait of Tara, a black lab, took about six hours to do. I’ve worked from a photo that a client had provided (though I had used a different photo to complete a commission for this client).
In the photo there is lighting coming from the right side but reflective light all around. So there is a slight change from dark to light. Here I did a lot of squinting to simplify the dark and light shapes. Those shapes I identified as planes. So I worked on the concept of the value sphere – establishing the core shadow, getting lighter as the shape come to the light.
What I would like to do is to learn about animals head anatomy. It would help to understand the planes more.
Chardonnay belongs to my neighbor’s granddaughter. Despite her busy life as a nursing student and caring for her grandparents, she took the time to provided photos for me to paint. Thank you, Christiana.
I met Kirby and his owner on a walk with my dog, Kava. Kirby is a full blooded Maltese and is a one person dog.
These two paintings will be part of the International House Exhibit in March, 2020.
I just completed two pet portraits commissions. Very fun to do.
Chloe was a bit of challenge to do especially with the amazing amount of fur. Besides her fur I wanted to capture her sparkling brown eyes and her cute little mouth to reflect her perky personality.
The commission for Gus came through Etsy. It’s one of the tiny paintings of only 4 x 4 inches. It was a challenge but a learning experience on painting tiny. I started off with bristle brushes by Robert Simmons, my favorite. But when it came to the details, I found another Robert Simmons brand, Simply Simmons. The brushes are softer but were great for details. I used mainly the filberts.
Interested in a pet portrait commissions?Visit my Etsy store for more info. If for a Christmas the deadline would have to be the end of October. Too many projects in November.
Another painting for the upcoming exhibit at the International House “Feathers and Furs” exhibit in March 2020. This little dog lives with his owner at one of the many senior residents places throughout Davis. A chihuahua mix he is a great companion for his owner, a retired minister but on guard if anyone comes near.
“Tyler” underpainting with transparent red oxide
“Tyler” basic colors down and background to be added.
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This painting is for the Trekell Pet Competition, 2019. The only entry fee is to purchased one of their six-sided wooden panel. It’s an unusual shape but I found two little chihuahuas that fit perfectly.