I had a request from a family member to make a portrait of three of her friend’s Vizsla dogs. I happily agreed. I look at it as a chance to do a breed and color of dog that I have never done before, with no real pressure. And like doing the black cats before I had the black dog commission, I see this as a way of practicing a portrait of multiple dogs in one piece before I need to do it. Surely this will come up some time in the future and I’d rather have at least worked out some of the technicalities.
Already I found out the I’d better not have a side by side set up. Because of the size of the drawing, it became too difficult to look at the photo and then the sketch when I moved off of the end dog. Fortunately, with a little bit of adjustment, the way I had laid the grid over the photo allowed me to move the pair above the sketch without having to realign them. Sometimes dumb luck is good luck. Since the sketch is 15″ x 8″, it still is slightly inconvenient, but I can see what I am doing more readily. In reality each of the dogs is no bigger than one at the regular 5″ x 7″ portrait size.
I think I will try to do most of the inking all at one time. It will keep the continuity of the drawing part. I am most concerned with keeping the flow going with the watercolors. There will be a lot of time painting three dogs and I want to be able to have some uniformity of colors and brush stroke. I haven’t decided if I want to work some on all three at once or on mostly one at a time. Fortunately, they are slightly different colors because they are all different ages. I’ll just have to take it as it comes and am looking forward to starting the inking . It does need to rest a bit before I restart because there are so many details with three dogs.