I have been busy completing commissioned paintings of lovely pet pooches for the last month and I thought I would share the stages of my painting process. This is Finn, the sharpei who I painted as a wedding present.
Finally I add the lightest highlights and tiny hairs and whiskers.
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I start with the photo and from this decide on the composition by making some preliminary sketches. Sometimes I am provided with a lot of photos which allows me to choose the most suitable image to transform into a painting and also gives an insight into the dog’s personality. In this instance I had just this one.
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I start to add detail, usually I paint the eyes first as they are important in capturing the personality. I also block in more areas of light and shadow.
Then I gradually add layers of paint in thin glazes to build up the image.
The finished piece in it's new home with Finn himself!
I then draw the image out in pencil and block in the darker areas using varying shades of a single colour. The colour I choose is usually influenced by the main colour tones of the image. In this case it was also the background colour, blue to match the wedding colour scheme.