Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dog Daze

Critters, critters everywhere.  The next entrant in our creature parade is Payton, the beloved dog of a friend.

As photo references go, this one isn't going to be easy.  It's a head on shot of a black dog, with no discernible light source.  Another photo taken in late afternoon light was provided, so I'm going to try to recreate those colors on this reference

Here's the sketch on a black gessoed panel, complete with annoying glare.

The first layer of underpainting.

Additional underpainting....

There's going to have to be a lot of subtle coloration done in those darks, otherwise he's going to look as flat as a blackboard.  

More work will be done on him a bit later...Woe is me, I have to spend this absolutely gorgeous day outside catching up on gardening chores (picture me with the back of one hand pressed against my forehead, the other patting my heart)  It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.  :-D


Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

ahhhh when I clicked on your blog and his cute face came up I smiled. What a beauty....and I love what you did with his likeness too....ahhh gardening,,don´t wanna go there but I have much to trim off before the cold comes.

L.W.Roth, said...

Great eyes on that dog--so important in a portrait. Looks like you've got some color variations going on in that black. Keep doing what you're doing.

Uck gardening. I've been looking at it from my window for a couple of days now. I guess I should get out there and do more than look. As my back begins to ache, I'll be thinking of you. Take it easy.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

You're doing a really great job on this adorable pup. There's already a good 'sense' of the dog.
I look out at my garden and laugh - several weeks ago the morning glory on the trellis went cujo and took over the garden. It is so gorgeous right now that I can't bear to rip it out...I just tread carefully when I go looking for tomatoes and hope I come out alive :)

Margaret Bednar said...

"annoying glare" you are funny. Our old neighbors used to have this kind of dog - can't wait to see the finished product - you see to be doing quite well with the dark distinctions!

RHCarpenter said...

Painting dogs now? Just when I've returned from Yellowstone with all these bear photos?? ha ha Looking good so far...will be back to check again soon.