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.
I love to put the background in first so I can see the character of the pet I am painting. Chrome is surrounded by wet on wet background washes in greens and blues. Then to make his outline pop I am adding a touch of Crimson. Doesn’t he have a great regal pose, I think he does.
Chrome owned by Cornerstone Danes in Oroville WA. Absolutely beautiful dog. Please check out their website. I loved the position of one of the pictures used as a reference but got a lot of great detail in lighting from the seconde reference photo. Here is the beginning sketch with mastick (resist) applied to the paper to help reserve the important white areas.
This next watercolor is a portrait of “Chrome” who is a stud owned by Cornerstone Danes a Great Dane breeder in Oroville WA. Her dogs are absolutely beautiful. Please check out her website.
Okay NOW Hurley the Golden Retriever/Poodle mix is DONE, as they say where I grew up. He’s all pau!
I’ll stick him in a frame and quit adding things, no more changes.
I have really benefited from the time spent with Stan Miller this summer and am sad that class is over. Can’t emphasize enough how good the opinion of other artists helped as I attended on Wednesday afternoons at Spokane Art Supplies.
Where does the eye travel? A question I did not ask myself very much before. Now, I’m learning this “design” stuff slowly and loving every minute of it.
The background needed something, his head disappear into nothingness making my eyes stuck on the center. Not good. It needed a darkness behind his head on top to balance the extreme darkness of his lower jaw area. What a difference a little background makes.