Left to right: Scout, arteest, happy client, Gracie.
Words can’t express how much joy you brought to me with these…I LOVE them!!!!!!! I’m absolutely thrilled beyond belief. Our day [unwrapping the portraits] was one of those life moments of pure bliss and joy. I just adore them! – Wendy
I met Wendy, the lovely owner of Scout and Gracie, through the 2009 Pasadena Animal League’s event Artistic License, a fabulous daytime event benefitting the Pasadena Humane Society.
Wendy was generous enough to get severely entangled in a bidding war for a custom dog portrait by yours truly. And she won! And many, many animals also won that day since they received much needed care at the Pasadena Humane Society because of her generosity. Thank you, Wendy!
By the time I started Scout’s portrait, Wendy had adopted another pup named Gracie. So we decided to include her in the festivities and paint her portrait too. (We have one more pup to go this Summer, then she’ll have a complete set.)
Here’s each portrait being created, step by step. Hope you enjoy the pics…
Humble portrait beginnings...flat on the floor
Blue underpainting for Scout's tawny fur, red for the grass
Grid and sketched outline goes in
Painted outline (and a little white tooth) goes in
Starting to paint Scout's golden-colored fur
Filling in his body with color and adding eye details at this stage
Highlights starting to define his shape more
Trying out the green for the eventual grass background
Scout's final portrait | 30in x 30in | 2010
And here’s Gracie’s
First splotch of paint for Gracie
Initial sketch goes in over a red & blue underpainting (like Scout's)
Initial black, painted outline...
Small hints of brown here and there
Adding a few highlights early in the process
Still in a sea of red & blue, but more warm coat color defining her shape
Gracie's starting to actually look like Gracie. Little green goes in...
Went a little too light on her fur...going to correct that and put in grass
Gaging grass color and how light/dark I want it
Almost there...fixed her coat color
Gracie's final portrait | 30in x 22in | 2010
Scout & Gracie
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