This is a painting of Otto, the beautiful chocolate labrador who sadly passed away. The painting was commissioned by his owner as a Christmas present for his wife. Otto was their beloved pet for many years and he wanted to have a keepsake of him. The client was keen to have Otto painted on his bed in front of the fireplace as he often lay there. The painting is 25 x 35 cm in size, painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. The client was very pleased with the finished portrait.

the finished portrait of Otto the brown labrador retriever
Otto the chocolate labrador retriever dog portrait, 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on canvas
close up view of the finished labrador painting
Otto’s painting in detail

I took some photographs of the painting progress:

  • initial sketch for the portrait
    Initial sketch
  • the first stage of colour blocking
    Colour blocking
  • adding details to the portrait of Otto
    Detailing the painting
  • reference image for a pet portrait
    Reference image