Well, actually it's not. Yes you have to deal with lovely lush fluffy fur, moist wet eyes, and chilly shiny noses (on dogs not people), but I approach a dog's head portrait exactly like a person's.
Getting the structure of a dog's head is very important to catch the nature of the dog's breed. Getting the structure of a human head is the same. You can spot a likeness of a person from across the street in dim light oftentimes by the outline shape of their head.
Then I search for my 'point of view'of that pooch, just like with a human face. What are they feeling, what are they thinking. Who IS this dog? Who IS this person? What makes them different from another of their species.
Lastly, I just let myself have fun with paint with the tools I have learned over the years once the block-in is set. How 'wet' can I get that nose to look with my paint, how 'fluffed out' can I make those furry edges. And don't forget those eyes. Your guess who I am talking about here!
Eyes are the windows to the soul in all species but especially in a dog. How many times have I melted into my own dogs' eyes.
Here I post a few recent dog commissions including the block-in start of a new one shipping to the U.K. I am going to have a hard time parting with it. I feel I made a new friend. Woof woof.
|Fresh off the easel|