I'm back with a project I love to do: puppy paintings! Well, I love giving them at least.. sometimes throughout the process I get MAD if it's not going as well as planned.. Here's a little tutorial if you'd like to give it a go yourself!
First I grid out the picture in Illustrator. If you don't have Illustrator, you can print out the picture and draw out a grid on top of it.
Meet Devo! Richard's pup pup!
The grid helps with the sizing the sketch. I draw the grid out on the canvas I'm using and determine where I want the pup to be placed. Then I sketch it out referencing the grid on my computer. I used a 12" x 12" canvas in this example.
I started painting before I took a "before" pic. I also didn't like the way he was standing in the before picture, so I put his body in a sitting position.
Close up view of the face. I've found it's best to paint from back to front, so I always start with the background.
I hated the initial color, so I made it a bit greener. Since Devo is brown, I made the background lighter around his body, and gradually got darker as it went out.
Here he is with some color! I did not like the way he looked in this picture. I had never done a brindle doggie before. I think it's easiest to start with the eyes, then the fur, and save the nose for last.
Here's my setup. I worked on Devo over a period of several days. I redid his coat 4 times. It was "les mis" during the process (aka miserable)..
But he ended up looking alright in the end!
Here's another pic of Devo after he rolled around in the grass. I was using it to get another view of that crazy striped fur on his head.
Here's the first one I ever did:
It's Possum, my sister's doggie. I call her my niecey pup, since she's my niece.. duh. She was a huge painting (24" x 30"), but waaaayyyyy easier because she has short fur that's plain white.
I love doing these. If anyone is interested in one of their pup pup, let me know!