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Double Dog Portrait

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Here is part one of my munsterlander dog portraits. All the steps are shown below!

stage 1

So this is the first half of a double dog portrait, this half being of a munsterlander dog named Dill.

I decided to try using solely faber castell pastels for this one to see how much the range would provide colourwise. I used their pastel cubes for the background. They are quite small but are packed full of pigment so the background didn’t really require too much work. The other reason I like them is they are long sticks with sharp edges so brilliant for working up to my lines without covering them up. They blended very well and I really liked the colours.

stage 2

Due to the lack of dark colours (I usually use Derwent seal) I broke my own rule and had to use black for the darkest areas. I was worrying it would look flat but this has not proved to be the case.

stage 3

I used a raw umber for the undercoat of the not quite so dark areas. I placed each stroke in the same direction as the real fur. I find this makes the fur look more realistic as I add more layers of pastel on top the fur takes on a fluffier appearance.

stage 4

I soon realised the raw umber wasn’t going to be dark enough for the deepest shadows on Dill the munsterlander so I had to use black!

I use a medium grey to map out the highlights on top then a pale grey for the lightest fur.

stage 5

As you can see I still put a foundation of raw umber everywhere so as not to go too dark but then used the black where I needed for contrast. At this point I became rather annoyed by the lack of colour and decided to add the tongue but I managed to drag myself back to the fur to be more organised!

stage 6

I decided to leave the tongue until the end as a reward for completing all the lovely dark fur on Dill’s chest. You can see how I work in areas, solid blocks of raw umber for the deepest shadows with black added on top and then lighter pressure layers of the same raw umber for the longer chest hair as this would catch the light.

stage 7

You can see I then worked downwards filling in the fur with more raw umber and a medium grey to add the highlighted fur. I didn’t want to make it too highlighted so I used the grey as a marker then used a very light grey for the fur which caught the light. It’s all about layers and not adding too much at a time.

stage 8

You can see I simply repeated the process for each section I worked on in the next few images

stage 9

stage 10

stage 12

And finally I got to add Dill’s nose and tongue as a reward after creating all that fur!

I should mention I used Clairefontaine pastelmat in brown and a white stabilo pencil to sketch my portrait out.

Lily is to be added next so I’ll give her her own blog post.

Here is my double dog portrait all done! I completed it using faber castell sticks for the background and faber castell pastel pencils for the dogs.

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Springer Spaniel Pastel Painting

Once more I’ve been busy at the easel. This is my latest spaniel dog portraits in the making. This one I’m completing it solely in derwent pastel pencils with a couple of derwent sticks for the background and on pastelmat. It will measure 12×12 inches and is to be a surprise Father’s Day Gift. Continue reading Springer Spaniel Pastel Painting

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Chocolate lab dog paintings completed

Bit of an update on Holly’s dog portrait. I’m a little behind as my website crashed entirely losing my blog to boot. I’ve had to rebuild it all from scratch as my databases were lost so it’s been a frantic few days (and I work a full time job too). At last I can stop pulling my hair out now I’m back online! I have lots more to do to sort it out but at least you can visit some sort of website for the time being!

I also thought it was time for a bit of a spruce up and have tidied up in terms of pages, navigation etc so it’s easier to get around and then a new range of colours just right for spring as it is the season for all things stormy! I’ve also made my blog with a narrow sidebar so I can add bigger pics!

So Holly has been patiently awaiting my return to the easel bless her so it’s pastel pencils at the ready to get her finished now.

You can see more dogs in my dog portraits gallery. You can find out all about making your own pet portraits commissions or please feel free to contact me for more information

robin in tree aceo on ebay

This little cutie is still on Ebay. due to my website mania I haven’t really had chance to post it anywhere! You can find it here. See more Wildlife Art.

squirrel

Finally it feels as though spring isn’t too far off and the squirrels are out and about eating all the new cones from the trees. I do love grey squirrels even if they are not a native species to the UK. Sadly they do kill our very cute native red squirrels with a virus they carry but the reds are no longer in our neck of the woods and tend to live in pockets of woodland where they are protected to prevent them becoming extinct. You can see more of the local wildlife here

woodland sunshine

And here is a bit of England’s glory. Some sunshine in the beautiful woods of the Forest of Dean where I live. Not much green yet but it will soon start to appear and we can all sigh with relief that the grey of winter is finally over! All we need now is the sound of the cuckoo which is an old signal to leave your wellies at home!

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Feel free to visit my  gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.

Still working away on Holly, one of my latest labrador portraits and I think I’ve managed to get her shine coming through! Her reference photo is very hazy so it’s been quite a bit of guess work. Her Mum asked for the lightness on her forehead to be toned down, which I have done and it’s given way to lots of chocolate, yummy! Read my Customer reviews from previous clients.

You can see the previous stage here

labrador pastel painting

Holly’s Mum also mentioned the rolls of fur under her neck are what makes Holly so her. I think they are pretty unusual but they were great to do! Not far to go now and Holly has been luckier than most in that she got both her eyes early on. Of late I’ve been hopping about pet portraits so much I’ve missed vital parts of the anatomy being put in first!

Just for a little background info, I used derwent sticks for the blended background, then derwent, pitts and stabilo pastel pencils for Holly herself. I’ve used mainly pitts for the base chocolate layer (sounds like I’m baking a cake) with derwent and stabilos for the highlights as they sit on top the best to give that lovely sheen. I’ve got a bit of a project coming up, I need some eye catching wildlife art pieces for my shows this summer so keep your eyes open for something new!

Willow black german shepehrd

So as we are talking dog portraits, here is one of the photographic kind. My beautiful Willow out in the woods local to my house.

Woorgreen, Forest of Dean

Also, as I mentioned in a previous post on my blog that went to blog heaven when I deleted the database (don’t do it, there is no recovery unless you have off site back up, mine was on the same database – doh! But that’s what the hosts offer!) anyhow I digress, as I mentioned before I would add a little bit about me outside of pet portraits so here are a couple of photos from the local area. The above shot is from Woorgreen, one of my favourite places to visit. Sadly for two thirds of the year it’s quite muddy but now the sun is back, I’m hoping it will dry up!

Clanna

This is the view from Clanna woods. I little place in the middle of nowhere, very farm orientated and quite pretty and rural. I go to places like this a lot with my day job, but it’s only when the sun is out and the skies are clear you get to see how lovely things really look.

As it’s Easter, I’m wishing you all a very happy bank holiday. Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

Don’t forget!

I hope you enjoyed my latest blog post. If you like it, please do subscribe to receive the latest news direct to your inbox including exclusive stuff!

Feel free to visit my  gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.

Holly’s dog portrait is now completed. I’ve sent each update of my labrador portraits to her Mum, and so far the news is all good, fingers crossed the last update is also the same! It’s definitely been hard resisting too much chocolate especially as it’s been Easter and Holly’s colouring has certainly made me feel very peckish!

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