Preliminary pencil drawings for oil paintings.
Just finished up two dog portraits in oils for one client.
Begins with many photos provided by the client. I choose one photo, make a pencil sketch, then an underpainting to establish values and the painting. Each step I show the client.
These paintings are small 8 x 6 inches and done on stretched canvas for easy hanging.
Another commission done! This time with three dogs on one canvas. All three dogs are close friends named Blue, Ballou and in the middle is Miss Marple. Miss Marple is the oldest and at 16 passed away. Instead of just painting their portraits as I did with the others, I wanted to include their whole body especially their toes. Their touching toes showed how close they were.
Stages: Pencil sketch, then block-in in oil on canvas and the open grisalle before the actual painting.
Another dog portrait commission.
A commissioned oil painting of a little chihuahua named Dinky. What strike me of this little fellow is his alertness and compact body. He’s ready to spring into action.
Below is a step by step of how I paint this portrait. This process had turned out more successful for me to follow for future commissions. And this had come out of a workshop that I had taken from Sarah Sedwick. Here’s one of her videos about her step-by-step alla prima oil painting.
I started off with a thumbnail sketch to established where I wanted to place Dinky. It should be simple enough but it was a great warm-up. Then I did a pencil block in on paper of shadow/dark and light shapes. Using the pencil drawing as a base I gridded it and laid in with transparent red oxide on the canvas. Then in the fourth stage I laid in the basic shapes and local colors. The final stages comprise of adding more concise colors and background. The eyes and the area around them were the anchor for everything else. More details were devoted there.
This one I felt was one of my best. More info on commissions click to go to my Etsy
A recent commission of two dogs. The client is from Germany and wanted two sizes, one at 9 x 12 inches and the other is a smaller size at 3 x 4 inches for a dollhouse. Both are painted in oil on stretched canvas.
Here are the step by step.
For more information about pet commission, click to go to my Etsy shop.
Here’s the last three of the tiny paintings of dogs. The white chihuahua I met at a park. The sun was out and bright so when I took the photo she was looking away. The little brown dog is my chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix who was wearing her little rain jacket. She only wore it once. And the pug is another dog I met on the street who didn’t want her picture taken.
There are available for purchase at the Pence Gallery store in Davis.
This little white dog, Gigi, was with her dog walker when I met up with her at the park. Such an affectionate dog. One morning I spotted her rolling on the grass, enjoying the cool grass and the summer breeze.