Storm, 10×8 dog portrait

Storm is the next gorgeous dog I have on my easel to paint this week. He will worked on alongside Oscar the Westie, who’s pet portrait is the same size.

As usual I have started with a basic outline drawing and then proceeded to paint his eyes. Storm has the most gorgeous eyes and I really want to capturing their piercing beauty in his portrait

Below is the outline sketch for his portrait

Hopefully it’s not too faint and you can see it OK.

I have started on blocking in the basic colours. I chose the grey pastel at paper as he is grey and white and it is a good base layer colour for these colour portraits. I could use brown, either would work but I had grey in stock so it is my preferred choice.

I have used a mixture of cool and warm greys and will continue to do so throughout the portrait

Once all the basic colours are blocked in I can concentrate on all the details. Even when I am at the blocking in stage I make sure my pencil strokes follow the direction his fur lies in. It is very important to do this. It will help make him look 3D or not ‘flat’ and also create the illusion of depth to his coat. Although I am working in 2D media, you want your subject to look 3D and the fur will lie in specific ways over the skeleton and muscle structure.