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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Portrait of 3 Labradors in Pastel

I've been adding extra layers of pastel to this lovely canine family as you can see in the picture of Paddy before I blended the colours. In order to get depth in black fur I add a lot of additional colours and on Paddy I added orangey yellow, burnt sienna and cobalt blue, blended them together then put extra black, grey and white on top. On these upper layers I have sharpened my pastel pencils and used individual strokes to create texture in the fur. The eyes have additional colours added and the highlights and black outlines reinforced. Finally whiskers are drawn on with a fine point. Ted has also had the multicoloured treatment including green, blue, purple, grey, orange, yellow, cream, white and different shades of brown.


  1. Wow, that is amazing! Their coats look so real. Your work really is good!