portrait dog Rottweiller #2

After creating a same size photograph to work from, I sketch the portrait onto the watercolor paper and begin by washing in the b ackground in greens flavored with burnt sienna. Then I begin putting cool blues on the highlights and warm browns on the brown fur areas. This begins to show me some depth and shape at the beginning of the illustration.

dog portrait sketch with photograph on desk

portrait dog Rottweiller begins

Here is the photograph that I will be working from. This is the beginning of a portrait of a regal Rottweiller named Roscoe. He has that forever quizzical look that they love to give with their serious faces. This guy would present this expression frequently and would even sometimes serenade us…. That will be in another post 🙂

rottweiller looking up at you