My latest colorful pet portrait creation is complete! This is Kozmo, a long haired black and tan German Shepherd Dog. His portrait was created with acrylic paints on a 9″ x 12″ stretched canvas. I just completed it on April 23, 2020. His owners requested that I use bright rainbow colors and incorporate a lot of warm colors such as red and orange. A larger version of this painting is available for viewing in my portfolio – Colorful Pet Portrait – Kozmo the German Shepherd Dog. There are close up views of the painting below.
I had a lot of fun creating this unique portrait. The reference photo was of him sitting in the grass on a windy day and I wanted to include the wind blown fur in the portrait for a unique and dynamic touch. The background is somewhat tie-dye inspired, with a base layer of green, blue, yellow and hot pink, with overlays of more colors in splotches and brush strokes. For the black areas of his portrait, I used mainly blue and purple, then overlayed brush strokes of green, yellow, magenta, and orange as highlights. The tan areas are mainly yellows and oranges, with some blue, green, hot pink, and a little white as highlight. Only his eye color was left natural, as amber with a darker border of brown. No black was used in the creation of this painting. Areas that appear black are actually several layers of dark purple.
For this painting, I really pushed the color. My older pet portraits and paintings are rather conservative, since I am not sure how people will like having a rainbow psychedelic portrait of their dog or cat. But I am feeling more and more comfortable using bright colors and really including the whole rainbow in my portraits. I got a good reception from this painting, so I feel more confident to use brighter rainbow colors in my future portraits.
Above you can see a comparison of the photo on the left with the painting on the right. A few minor changes were made to the dog for the painting. The photo was taken at an angle which caused foreshortening, and made the head appear too large and the body appear too small. I corrected that using other photos of this dog to create a more accurate representation of his proportions.
It is a unique take on traditional pet portraits. The style is realism with a colorful twist. The portrait is created with close attention to detail. I try to match colors and tones to the real colors of the dog. You can tell this is a black and tan German Shepherd, even though it is mostly blue and orange.
If you want a Colorful Pet Portrait of your own pet, please read the information on my Pet Portraits page and use the contact form at the bottom.
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