This is a painting I completed before Christmas. It was commissioned as a Christmas gift. The kittens in the portrait are Sebastian, the tabby kitten and Belle, the black and white kitten. I worked from two separate reference photographs provided by the client. I placed both cats into one composition with some simple shading, using mostly the background from Sebastian’s photo.
The portrait is 20 x 30 cm in size painted on fine grain cotton canvas. I worked with acrylics. I scanned the painting when finished and took some photographs of the canvas too.
This painting is just finished today. It is of Sophie and Ted, two lovely cats. I worked from two reference photos to create one composition. I worked with acrylics on stretched canvas 20 x 30 cm in size. I decided to use a red ground underneath. This brought a lovely warmth into the painting. I left the red poking out in spots to create some interest. The background was a shaded one.
I have finished the portrait of a white cat Kodi I have been working on for the past few days. I think it turned out quite well, hopefully the client will agree. The painting is a lovely square 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inches) and it suits the image really well. I painted the sides off white to harmonize with the painting and the client is going to have it framed in her local framers. The cat portrait will then be a birthday gift to his owner.
Since finishing on Monty’s and Jessie’s portrait, I have started working on a lovely painting of a cat. His name was Kodi and sadly he has passed away earlier this year. The pet portrait of Kodi was commissioned as a birthday gift for his owner.
The portrait will be square in size 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm) and will be painted with acrylic paints on stretched canvas. I have now progressed to the second stage of the painting process which includes adding some basic colours and refining the likeness of the subject. Below, I am including both 1st and 2nd stage of the painting.
Step 1 of the painting process is an initial sketch which I usually complete in one colour. This is to establish the basic shapes and likeness of the pet I am painting. By only using one colour I can concentrate on just the likeness and it makes the process much easier. I usually use raw umber diluted with water if necessary.
I took a few photographs of some of the finished pet portraits and family portraits I worked on before Christmas this year. They were mounted in a snow white mount with backing board and posted. The portraits look so finished when mounted, the mount really does wonders for any drawing. I normally wrap the mounted portrait in a plastic cover so as not to damage the mount and drawing.
Since this is the last post of 2011, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have commissioned a portrait from True Image this year, and also all of you who follow my work in progress blog. I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year 2012!
This is a new pet portrait commission. I started working on this drawing yesterday and having completed the outline I started detailing the portrait today. The portrait is of a beautiful black labrador Hamish and an equally lovely cat Oscar, for a client in county Kildare. It is a Christmas present, so has to be finished in time for posting.
I have two original photographs and have put both Hamish and Oscar onto one 12″ x 10″ (30 x 25cm) size paper. They look really well together and I think the overall portrait will be quite effective.
As always I am using a HB pencil to start with and adding shadows in with a 2B and a 4B. I still have a lot to do on the details on Hamish and I will hopefully start working on Oscar tomorrow. When finished the first detail, I will look over the portrait and darken and correct areas that need more work.
I will post more in progress photographs tomorrow.