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.
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.
This little painting of a chihuahua mix was sold at The Dogs Exhibit held at Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA in October, 2017. The exhibit benefited the Dog Town Rescue and was part of The National Dog Show. I know that this little painting is in the hands of a loving dog owner. 🙂