Pet Portrait Dog process… #1

One of my favorite slogans is, “My Goal is to Become the Person My Dog Thinks I Am!” How do you go about painting a best friend? Hurley is not my dog, he is my daughter’s family member but to our delight he gets to visit us in the country off and on. He is a dog without a “mean bone” in his tall and lean body. Being a 3/4 Golden Retriever and 1/4 Poodle mix with golden brown eyes and hair that wonderful strawberry blond color (with tons of curls). He walks around with a smile 24/7 always willing to play and run.

The best way to start the portrait process is to go through photographs and see if you have a stellar one to work from. This is a photograph that my grandson Nathanael took with my camera while we taking a ride in the back of the truck last summer. This shot is upclose giving details that I need for the way his hair gleams in the sun. Unfortunately, it does not show his eye details well and it cuts off the end of his tongue. I will need to take a look at him to verify those details or I will need other photographs to see that.

color dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix

My first step is usually to take the photograph and make a black and white version of it to do my layout with.

black & white shot dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix

Author: artist

An artist with realistically surreal colorful style in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Valerie Woelk.

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