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Topic: Party Animals Pet Portrait, with tute (of sorts)  (Read 6086 times)
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« on: February 21, 2013 05:42:36 AM »

kittykill and I were partners in the IYP swap, and one thing I knew I had to do for her is paint a portrait of her adorable dogs. But not just any portrait, these dogs needed hats! Here's what I painted, and how it was done.

First, the finished painting:

From left to right, that's Lola, Pete, and Jujube  Smiley

The tutorial:
1. Find pictures of each of the dogs, and size them in Photoshop to the exact size you need, and then print them out. Place them in the positions you want them, trace them onto tracing paper, and cut a board the perfect size for your painting. You can then use the tracing paper to help place the photos (see step 3) Paint the background on the board whatever color you desire, and then paint the sides and back black.


2. Use a pencil to cover the entire back of each dog image.


3. Carefully cut each dog out. Place them on the board, and trace around the border of each one. Use a ballpoint pen to draw over the eyes, nose, and any distinguishing marks on each dog. The pencil will act as carbon paper, and your board will have a paint-by-number look to it. The photo of Jujube I used was not in color, so I used other references to get her color and markings correct.


4. Lightly draw in the hats, and start to paint! Lay down large areas of color first.


5. Keep painting (and cursing, if necessary), until you are happy with the results. I use acrylic paints, so I can paint and repaint until I'm happy. If I get frustrated, I'll frequently prop the painting across the room and stare at it for until I can determine what's working and what still needs revision. Sometimes it helps to put it aside for a while and work on other projects. This is a photo of the painting in time out. Jujube, the dog on the right, is way too flat! Cheesy


Paint it until you know it's the best it can be. I experimented with Copic markers on this painting, which worked out really well for the shadows on the hats. The tiara on Lola was done with tiny dots of silver glitter puff paint. I used a Copic marker to color some of the stones pink. The eyes of the two dogs on the ends originally weren't dark enough, so I colored over them with a grey marker to darken them up a bit. The marker is shinier than the paint alone in certain lights and in certain angles, but I gave the entire surface a couple of coats of matte Mod Podge, and everything blends right in.

I added the black lines around the edge of the painting with Sharpie pens because I really like having a border. I also sanded down all the sides; that's just a personal preference.  

Here's the finished painting in its new home, photo courtesy of kittykill:
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013 06:02:05 AM »

It is amazing what talent and love can produce. This is really lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013 06:50:41 AM »

So fantastic!  Now go do one for me!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013 07:05:20 AM »

Fabuuuullous!

Pssst.... you know what's even easier than covering the back in pencil? Carbon paper! It's pretty inexpensive too. You can get it at an office supply store like Staples.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013 07:18:36 AM »

But I always have pencils around.  Cheesy

Some day I may splurge and actually buy some carbon paper. Frankly, I'm surprised they still even make that!
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013 07:19:29 AM »

Great painting and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013 07:27:10 AM »

Fab, fab, fab! I love their hats and you've captured their personalities perfectly!
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013 07:31:22 AM »

Frankly, I'm surprised they still even make that!

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013 07:36:07 AM »

Absolutely adore this, racky! You truly captured Lola, Pete and Juju. kittykill must be over the moon. Rocked, pinned and envied. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013 07:48:43 AM »

Thanks for sharing your tricks of the trade!  You captured their personalities perfectly!  I think this is one of your best works ever!!!
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