After finishing the Nashville corner, I decided to make a few more pet portraits. I had a head shot of my sister’s collie and a nice picture of my sweet Lady in mind and over the course of two days I did them both. Brandy, the collie, was a dark mahogany sable that belonged to my sister’s family. It was hard to decide how much of her thick coat to show. Too little would not give her enough definition, but to much ink would change her into a tricolor. I probably should have used a bit more of a reddish brown, but I like it. Her fur seemed to be black tipped which allowed use of the grey. I think I need to work on the whiskers a bit for the future. They are really hard to do realistically, especially with the nib pen which likes to skip on long strokes.
After the inquiry for a horse portrait in my etsy shop, I figured I better try one. I had this picture of my sweet Lady in her later years. She was mid to late twenties when I took this photo and starting to look her age. It was late summer and some of the hair on her face was gone due to the fly ointment I used under her eyes. I had some dilemma with her too on the amount of mane hair to include. I didn’t want her to look as though she had a black mane as she was a glorious chestnut with the world’s most beautiful mane and tail. I am not totally happy with her eye, but my daughter thought it was a very good likeness and that she would have known it was her even without the reference photo. For my posts on Lady’s life and death, go to the following links.