The Japanese chin

Japanese chin

Japanese chin

This is another black and white dog – and thank heavens for the white part.  I am still working on how to do the black without it getting overly dark.  I am not very familiar with this breed but it is on the small side.  This is a puppy picture and it has a certain baby animal softness to it.  I wanted to retain its playful quality too.  I can just imagine it scampering around with its tongue hanging out, exploring new things.  I’m going to darken just a hair around the left eye and then it will be done.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 14:10:07

    Fantastically cute! And such a great job with the tongue! I always worry about any kind of open mouth, but especially with a tongue like that. Terrific!


  2. DixCutler
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 14:29:24

    Charming portrait


  3. ruthsartwork
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 15:02:18



  4. lesliepaints
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 16:19:17

    I know he is someone else’s dog, but oh, I could take him home and love on him. Good portrait, Ruth!


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