Tag Archives: Great Dane

Portrait Great Dane Chrome #10

At the last minute I am not happy with a whish washy background so I add detailed grass and darker reds to the mix. I am satisfied with the added red in the background as it gives “Chrome” in his regal pose some more outline depth.

All done. Sign and send time, thank you Libby Willis of Cornerstone Danes in Oroville WA. I love pet portraiture.



Portrait Great Dane Chrome #7

Now that mostof the big areas have been setup with wet on wet splashes of color, it is time to remove the mastik (resist) that has reserved the white areas. You can see that much of the area being reserved has appeared quite dark, and as I remove it sometimes it is surprising how different it looks with those white areas exposed.Now is when it feels as though I must buckle down and carefully ad details without ruining the great highlights areas available.


Portrait Great Dane Chrome #6

In addition to the New Gamboge with a touch of Alzarin Crimson I am adding touches of Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna to give different layers of muscle on the fur. On his shadows I am adding blues to darken and then a mixture of Cobalt Blue with Paynes Gray to darken it more like in his ears, in his nostrils and on his chin and below his lips on his neck. He is looking like a tan or brown coated Dane but don’t worry, there are steps in the future that will change this to greys.

Portrait Great Dane Chrome #4

This is probably going to sound crazy to some of you but I tend to put darks in “shadow areas” on my subject first and it gives the impression of 3d beginning in my drawing which tells me right away if something is off. Then it is a gradual process adding a little more detail, then more, then more. Typically taking turns alternating back and forth between “light” then “dark” details as I go along.