Welcome to my pet and family portrait blog. If you have commissioned a portrait you can see how it is progressing. If you would like to commission me to paint your pet, family or friend then visit my site at www.katetugwellportraits.com
Lucan, the handsome black labrador, is now complete. I have added texture within the paint to bring his fur to life but this is regrettably lost on these photographs. So, from the last blog entry I have painted the detail of the fur by building up layers of black, payne's grey and white with a synthetic brush that separates its bristles when I have the right mix of paint with water. This gives me the ability to build up layers of hair. Next I concentrated on the background sky and grass adding in more shades of greens, yellows, blues, browns and even peach tones to create more texture without detracting too much from the detail of the dog. After that I spent a few final hours comparing the finer details of the photo with the painting, making sure the shine on the fur gave him the correct face shape, tweaking the colour of his eyes and getting the right texture on his shiny black nose.