Boomer, almost done

Boomer, the cardigan corgi

Boomer, the cardigan corgi

While still haven’t finished his eyes, Boomer is otherwise pretty well done.  I added more shadowing and color since his last post appearance, but am still working on his eyes.

Normally, I like to keep the surprise factor in play for a client and don’t give them a preview.  I like them to open that box and got “wow” (or at least I hope they do).  But because I still have these questions about his eyes that are not resolved, I had to send her a photo.  There are still too may questions in my mind and I want to be correct.  I think the problem lay in the fact that her photos came straight off of her phone without a download and she thinks they show more than they do.  I hope the preview will do it for us and she still will be “wowed” when she opens the package.

Coloring the corgi

Boomer, color started

Boomer, color started

This has a ways to go, but at least it is started.  I have been going back and forth with the client on his colors.  The brindling looks black in the photos, but she says he is dark brown over golden brown.  Then she threw in an off white eye which I though was just reflection.  I’m glad she told me before I had totally colored them in.

I need to deepen the colors tomorrow and increase some of the shadowing.  It’s not a bad start considering the problems I have had with the pictures.

Brindle Corgi Commission

Boomer

Boomer

I started work on the corgi portrait a few of days ago. It has been harder lay out than most (except for black) because the brindle is hard to see through enough to delineate the head.  The pencil up is taking longer because of it.  Somehow I made the eyes way too small the first time around, so I need fresh eyes over the course of a couple of days to get it right.

I didn’t know corgis could come with a brindle coat.  It’s not a merle, but a brown overlayed with black.  It is a downward shot and I am still debating on how much of the back to show.  She isn’t particular about that, but there is not a lot of brindle on the face and she definitely wants to show his colors.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

Winston

Winston

I’ve been working the last few days on the watercolor for the portrait of the puppy. I wasn’t quite sure what the breed was so I asked. It reminded me some of the Japanese chin from a few months ago but I knew that wasn’t quite right.  She emailed me back that he is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel puppy.  Looking at him now, I can see it.  I have an acquaintance who got one 7 or 8 years ago and he does remind me of it.  I am going to let it “rest” for a few days and then send it on to his new home in Atlanta.

My next commission for a cardigan Welsh corgi came through yesterday.  That’s a white and brindle color, so that will be interesting to do.  I made the enlargements today, so tomorrow I’ll start the pencil up

French bulldog portrait

The Frenchie Tripp

The Frenchie Tripp

This little Frenchie belongs to a relative of mine.  As are most Frenchies, he is a very sweet little guy and the most mellow dog around.  He has travelled more of the country than most anyone else I know.  His owners work for a major airline and where they go, he goes.   His coloring is called fawn by the AKC, which is basically a creamy brown and white.  After I let him set for a day, I’ll start the inking.

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.

One dog down, one to go

Red and white corgi

Red and white corgi

Yesterday, I worked on the corgi portrait. I was pretty comfortable with the pencil up and only made a couple of adjustments before I started inking.  The first decision, once the drawing is finished, is how much to ink.   I try to start with a bit of figure outline and then once I have established a rhythm, move to the eyes and nose.  To me, the eyes are the most critical part.  If they are off, the painting will never look right. The nose and mouth are important, but the soul of the drawing is carried by the eyes.  I like the 5×7 size I’m working on.  It is big enough for detail, but I can keep to the smaller brushes I am comfortable with.  Next up, the Japanese chin – another black and white.

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