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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2009 05:01:10 AM »

Those are so wonderful.  I think Gizmo was my favorite until I saw the rooster in socks.  That is just too funny.  Beautiful work.

« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2009 05:29:43 AM »

Thanks! I found your Facebook page. Gorgeous work!
« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2009 05:41:23 AM »

I love the one of Gizmo. Adorable.

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« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2009 07:47:41 AM »

As I said before, I always start out taking photos and forget halfway through, so there are only a couple actual painting progress shots ><

Original Photo:

Sketch from the Photo:

I have a Monolith pencil that is graphite all the way through (no wood), so it's quick and easy to turn the back of the sketch into it's own transfer paper.

Transferred to the watercolor block (I prefer blocks, I HATE blocking my own watercolor paper, so I'm willing to pay more)

Starting to do a really rough block-in of some of the values.  The tape keeps the edges of the box crisp so I can paint to the edge without worrying about bleeding.  It's just "delicate" blue painter's tape.

Wash of a mid value gray over the whole thing.  Washes are really what blend and smooth the whole thing together

Final painting.  I just kept adding color and value over the previous layers until I had what I was looking for.

The end result wasn't one of my favorites, but it turned out pretty good and the owner loved it. Like I said before...it's really difficult to get the depth of value/color right in dark dogs so my goal tends to be a few shades lighter and with a bit more contrast.

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« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2009 09:18:56 AM »

OH wow! thanks for posting progress shots....it's cool to see you go from "here..to...here"   very cool.

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« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2009 10:39:30 AM »

thank you for showing us your process - those are great portraits!
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« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2009 11:46:02 AM »

These are awesome and after some digging, I've bookmarked your site for the future Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: December 24, 2009 01:49:54 PM »

beautiful - I love the one of Gizmo, the composition is perfect.  My favourite is the one of the Boxer - reminds me of the one who used to live next door - Gusto.

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« Reply #28 on: December 25, 2009 04:13:16 PM »

Oh man!  Shocked they are beautiful! I want one!

« Reply #29 on: December 25, 2009 06:01:26 PM »

Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the steps you take and for sharing the kind of paints you use! I'm going to look into them. Seeing how amazing pet portraits can look has made me start trying to draw my pets again, thanks for the inspiration!!!

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