Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Watercolour - Pet Portraits

'Rea'
Watercolour: Pet Portrait
When painting something specific such as an owner's pet, I find it best to begin with an accurate sketch. You don't want to lose the spontaneous nature of watercolour but you also need to  have an accurate likeness.  I have sketched and painted my own dog from life but she seemed to be constantly moving so I find for pet portraits, photographs are very helpful.
 
My Border Collie will be my next challenge. To capture her nature I need a facial expression that eludes to her high  intelligence and an action shot that shows her energetic side. Although the photos below are cute, they are not quite what I am looking for. This means more time behind the camera before even starting painting.



 


2 comments:

Win Dinn said...

Love that Rhea, Eileen, and look forward to seeing more of these pet portraits. Opal the Studio Cat was not as thrilled with it, however, as she actually hissed at the computer monitor! :D

Laura Leeder said...

I've always enjoyed pet portraits in watercolour. Some good tips here Eilee,love the photo of Casey in the roses.