Black Labrador Portrait

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.ย  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.

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Tara 2019, graphite, 11 x 14

Chloe

Just finished up another commission for Christmas. Commission works accepted until the end of September 30th.

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Chloe, oil, 8 x 8 x 3/8 on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

Underpainting

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“Lexi” Dog Portrait

This is Lexi, the dog who would not stand still for a photo. In this painting I worked more on soften the edges to give it a more softer look. The background is different from how I treated other dog portraits. I wanted a more neutral color so that Lexi would stand out.

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“Lexi” 10 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on canvas by Marlene Lee

Emil

I just finished a watercolor portrait for an internet friend in Finland. The original painting is up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Emil 2019
“Emil” 10 x 7 inch watercolor on cold pressed watercolor paper #140 by Marlene Lee

 

Thor

Just finished a commission for a very small dog painting. It’s only 3 x 3 inches and it’s perfect for a doll house.

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“Thor” 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches, oil by Marlene Lee, commissioned

Commissions for this size and larger in my Etsy shop. It’s late for Christmas, though.

Dash

An artist friend of mine has two beautiful greyhound dogs. And they are so friendly.

I wasn’t quite sure of the green background…but somehow it works.

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“Dash” 6 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel

Tiny Dog Portraits

Building up my collections of 3 x 3 inches dog portraits for the Pence Gallery Holiday Sales in Davis, coming up in three weeks.

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Little Dog Complex, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas
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Charley, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas