You can see the first stage of creating the munsterlander dog portraits and this is where the next stage starts.
I used raw umber to underpaint the face area of Lily, She has shiny fur similar to Dill the munsterlander so I simply used the same set of colours for her face.
You can see how I layer, raw umber as the base and then black for the very darkest areas, a mid grey and pale grey for the highlights. I simply worked around the face layer by layer.
Lily’s chest fur was in shadow plus it has a slightly creamy shade to is so I used a pale brown for the underlayer of this fur, it was slightly longer fur than on her face so I made my pastel pencil strokes longer
Next I used a dark grey to add the flecks of her fur under her neck. I used very light strokes but I knew they would almost be blended in when I used the pale grey for the top layer of fur. You can see all the layers above as I do tend to bob about rather than work an area to completion although this is really very organised for me, I usually move around colours too!
I loved the fact Lily has a very fancy collar, I love adding fiddly bits like tags and collars, plus it was nice to break out some more colours!
Next I worked on the tongue, Lily’s tongue was also half in shadow so I had to be careful to keep this in the give the impression of sunshine as highlighted on the fur.
I have already shown Lily and Dill’s Mum their new dog portrait and it’s already passed the critique! I just need to scan them now and pack them for posting.
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.