So my dog painting in pastel is completed. At the time of your reading Josh will be winging his way across the Atlantic to Toledo, USA.
This is where we left it on my last blog post so you can see I started working on the final sections of fur and ear. I started with a layer of Derwent Seal to set a dark underlayer before adding the lighter layers on top. This layer was roughly put in, not worrying too much that all of the pastelmat was covered as many more layers would be added on top.
You don’t need super sharp pastels to create fine fur sometimes, this is a stabilo pale grey I used for the top highlight layers. As you can see it’s not sharp but as I added the layers finely and with a very light handed touch, this colour sits on top rather than dragging the underlayers through so it looks like there are fine light colours built up.
And finally after all of those layers, Josh is completed. I’ve sent many updates to his family and they are very happy with the finished result and just awaiting his arrival. I can’t wait to see how they frame him. He already has a wall waiting above here he used to lie down. Very apt I think.
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.