I am getting him dark enough to give life to his position. Now the debate is what exactly to do with the grass foundation and other finishing up stuff.
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.
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 🙂