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Brindle
03-29-2013, 08:53 PM
Hi everyone! Here is the progress for the portrait I'm currently working on...have been working on it on and off the last three days and hope to finish it over the weekend. As you can see, the photo provided by the owner is not very exciting so I decided to pay close attention to keeping the color lively. It is fun painting a black dog with the goal of using as little of my mixed black as possible!

The piece is 11 x 11, on Fabriano Artistico soft press 300 lb paper. My palette for the dog consists primarily of PB15:3 (Cyan), PR122 (Magenta), PBr7 (Raw Sienna), PR179 (Perylene Maroon), PV29 (Perylene Violet) and (sparingly) PG7+PR179 (My Premixed Black) with some very small use of PW6 (Buff Titanium), PG50 (Cobalt Turquoise), PO49 (Quin Gold), PR254 (Lukas Red), PR101 (Burnt Sienna Deep), PB60+PBk6 (Indigo by Daniel Smith), and PBr7 (Raw Umber).

Here are the first defining washes (after the background wash had dried).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/247271-Jasper01.jpg

Building up layers, defining as I go...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/247271-Jasper02.jpg

And some more...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/247271-Jasper03.jpg

And now starting to deepen the really dark darks and more carefully define details such as the eyes, shape of nose, coat profile and shadowing, etc.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/247271-Jasper04.jpg

I have 2-3 hours of work left to fix a few slight errors of form, accentuate highlights (through lifting and some slight use of white gouache), soften some edges where the coat color transitions happen, add in the fine detail hairs around the dog's outside edges, and accomplish the texturing and shading around eyes, lips and nose that will make it really "pop" as "real". I'll share the results of that effort when done over the weekend sometime.

Meanwhile enjoy and feel free to comment or ask questions.

M.L. Schaefer
03-30-2013, 12:37 AM
Oh, Carole, as always, Beautiful! Wonderful job on the tongue, and, the eyes, as always, are beautifully done! Jasper's painting will be treasured!

(I was almost ready to sign off, then I saw your name, and Jasper's and just had to look! And it was a treat!)

:heart: Margarete

Yorky
03-30-2013, 04:29 AM
Looking great Carole.

Doug

pjartwc
03-30-2013, 07:32 AM
Carole, this is wonderful. You've got the fur down perfect and that tongue is just so happy. So much better than the photo. Can't wait to see it finished.

tommyjav
03-30-2013, 08:57 AM
Carole, you are really a master of dog portraits!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Tommy

Brindle
03-30-2013, 10:47 AM
Thanks you guys! Gonna finish this one today with any luck...but it IS so nice and warm outside, I might get distracted.

Tommy: It's all about the accuracy of one's preliminary drawing and careful observation, I swear!

BTID
03-30-2013, 12:40 PM
Beautiful Carole!!

Dealing with the same warm weather distraction here!! :)

Scotslass
03-30-2013, 05:35 PM
Looking great - as always!
Suzanne

teaberry222
03-30-2013, 07:00 PM
I really enjoyed watching your process. Your paint does not look overworked, and you got a great likeness. I'll look forward to seeing the finished product.

Old Dog
03-30-2013, 07:40 PM
Lovely work. Lovely dog. Thanks for posting WIP. Looking forward to the final version.

LisaEidson
04-17-2013, 10:15 PM
Love the progression of this, Carol. It's really interesting how you build the color layers to achieve the diversity in the black.

SoraSlipheed
04-19-2013, 01:57 PM
This looks very nice! I love your use of blues and oranges in the fur :)

bluegenes
04-20-2013, 10:59 AM
Looking great!

Patty

peteralv
04-21-2013, 04:38 AM
A great portrait, Carole......:thumbsup::clap::clap:

Brindle
04-21-2013, 11:19 PM
Finally got all the fiddly bits done on this one. I'm calling this final (and it has owner approval) but I'm going to look at it a couple of days as usual to see if anything about it bugs me.

Glad to be done with all this dark fur...the next dog in the portrait queue is all golds and orangey colored. Should be a fun change!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/247271-Jasper05_Final.jpg

georgetroy
04-21-2013, 11:52 PM
Beautiful job, nice looking dog.

Devoted 2Art
04-22-2013, 01:19 AM
Perfect. Wonderful work & painting.
-John

Scotslass
04-22-2013, 03:06 AM
Wonderful finish Carole - thanks for showing the steps
Suzanne

samben84
04-23-2013, 12:26 PM
Great job! The colors are perfect.

pjartwc
04-23-2013, 03:05 PM
This one a winner! Good job!