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03-14-2017, 01:17 PM
I haven't used black paper before and am "winging" it in how to start. Kath is an older black dog with grey ticking, due to age. Any advice would be gratefully received.

The paper is Mi-Tientes Touch, using pastel pencils

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Vivien Maloney
03-14-2017, 02:16 PM
Penny, youve made a great beginning on this.
On black paper, its sometimes difficult to get the whites, white enough. When you blend them they seem to sink into the black of the paper. So heres a trick I often use: underpaint where your whites are with white Goauche, then put your pastel white over top - it makes the whites pop. This old Greyhound is extremely white down both sides of his face, then blending into grey so you could use a bit of white gouache there...only where the whitest white is.
Lovely job on his eyes!

03-14-2017, 03:02 PM
Thank you, Viv. That is very helpful. I will use gouache, as you suggest. I hadn't thought of using a water medium with Pastel, but now understand that some underpaint first.


03-14-2017, 04:00 PM
Great tips! I like to use white gel pens and gouache and not always together.

03-14-2017, 05:01 PM
😎 Kay

03-15-2017, 05:30 AM
Worked some more on the portrait. I used gouache for the underpainting of the whitest parts

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03-15-2017, 07:41 AM
I've finished Kath's portrait now and am handing it to her owner tomorrow. Could this thread be marked as finished, thank you.

03-15-2017, 07:43 AM

03-15-2017, 09:40 AM
Very interesting, especially the use of white gouache for underpainting. A nice expressive portrait of the old dog!

03-15-2017, 09:51 AM
There is a rule of thumb in animal photography that says if you want a good picture, get down on the animal's level (or bring the animal up to your level). This eliminates looking up the nostrils of the creature and that long body disappearing into the abyss. And I believe the same idea applies to painting animals, too.

03-15-2017, 10:12 AM
Thank you, Christine.

03-16-2017, 12:00 AM
Well done, Penny.

03-16-2017, 03:22 AM
Thank you, Christel. I'm pleased with a first attempt at using the black paper.😎

03-17-2017, 05:20 AM
This is great work! Black paper is tricky to work on (I'll remember the tip about the gouache though!) - you've used it to good effect here. The whites in the fur stand out really well. :)

03-17-2017, 04:46 PM
Thank you, Kay. Her owners are very pleased with the portrait. It's how she looks at you when you meet her out walking. They've put it in a temporary frame, so I moved her name so it wasn't hidden.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2017/1989627-IMG_9624.JPG