I had the honor this year to do a series of pet portraits for a client of her three dogs: Tucker the boxer mix, Addie the Rottweiler, and Rocky the Cane Corso. These portraits have been a great learning experience for me, as it is the first time in a very long time that I have used acrylic paints. After using them again, I found out how much I love the medium, and prefer it over any other. My style has taken on a more impressionistic style, while still maintaining some realism in the anatomy of the animal I am painting. I love this new fluid style, and I hope to create several more paintings in this style. I love the meticulous detail that can be created by colored pencils and pastels, but I also love the freedom that comes with painting.
I have two new pet portraits in my gallery: Addie and Rocky. These dog portraits were both commissioned by the same person. They were completed in May of 2018.
For Rocky, the owner wanted him painted with a more natural color scheme. He is a blue Cane Corso, so I chose various shades of greys mixed with brown and blue to give depth to his portrait. The dark background was chosen since the reference photo showed him being back-lit, and I wanted to show off the light edges of his figure against the dark background. I loved painting all of his wrinkles! His fur is very short and smooth, so I did not have to add a lot of fur details to his painting.
The second, Addie, is a Rottweiler, and the owner wanted me to paint her in my usual colorful style! I chose to portray the black fur with various shades of blue, and the tan areas with oranges and reds. The background is made with more neutral brown colors mixed with blues and oranges to bring out the colors of the dog. Rottweilers have very shiny black fur, and I hope I captured that well in this painting. The shininess outlines their muscle and bone structures, and really makes the portrait look three dimensional.
These portraits are the second time I have used Acrylic Paints, and I am very pleased with how they turned out. The advantage of using acrylic paints is that it is much faster than using pastels, and the stretched canvas comes ready to hang for the owner. I finish all of my acrylic paintings with two layers of varnish. The varnish helps to bring out the rich colors and even out any inconsistencies in glossiness from the paint. It also provides UV protection, and adds a protective layer so the painting is protected against dust and environmental pollution, and can be wiped down easily without damaging the painting underneath.
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I completed the third drawing in my Chinese Zodiac Animals series yesterday: The Year of the Tiger!
There is a new drawing in my Pet Portraits gallery. It is a French Bulldog drawn with vibrant rainbow colors! This is the first of a series of colorful pet portraits that I will be drawing as original artwork. Meaning, these are not commissions, and both the original drawing and prints from the drawings can be purchased. These portraits will be mostly of dogs and cats, although I may draw other pet animals as well. I will be starting with small breed dogs first.
Drawing of a BMW 2011 135i coupe car in Blue Water Metallic color. Drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper, 11″ x 14″. Private Commission. Photo reference provided by commissioner.
I have a new drawing in my gallery. It is titled “Colorful Paisley Peacock” and can be found in the Colorful Animals gallery. It is a stylized peacock with paisley-like designs in its tail feathers. It is based on an older drawing of mine. It is drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper, 11″ x 14″. It took me about 35-40 hours to complete this drawing.
New artwork in the Colorful Animals Gallery: “Celtic Horse”. This is drawn with Conté à Paris pastel pencils on Ampersand pastelbord, 11″ x 14″. Basically drawn just for fun. I chose to use a a limited color palette, a blue monochrome color scheme. I layered different shades of blue and blended the edges together. I wanted the colors to blend together to give it a soft, dreamlike effect.
My newest drawing in my Colorful Animals gallery is “Fire Wolf”. It is drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on black Strathmore paper, 9″ x 12″. It is a portrait of a wolf half lit by firelight and half lit by moonlight. It is a redraw of an older piece that was drawn in 2005, which I liked but needed an update with technique as well as anatomy and proportion.