How To Paint A Picture Of Your Dog

Painting a picture a picture of your own dog does not have to be a daunting task. In this first part of the series I have decided to sketch and paint a picture of my dog Buster, who is a loyal friend and family pet that passed away in 2007. Did you ever see the movie Marley and Me? This film is a touching tale about how John Grogan raised a really wild, but lovable dog, and in many ways Buster reminds me of Marley. I so identified with how Marley ate drywall because Buster used to do that, too! At the end of Marley and Me I cried so hard because I thought of my beautiful dogs, which inspired me to paint a picture to celebrate Buster's life. Buster was a mixed bread Siberian Huskey/Boxer dog, and his life was not in vain! Today I am sharing the first part of my journey in painting Buster.

This video created in 2009 documents how I created the painting of Buster dog with oil paints.

Step One: Select A Photograph of Your Pet

This photograph of Buster was used as a reference for the dog painting.
This photograph of Buster was used as a reference for the dog painting.

Choose A Photograph to use for sketching a picture of your pet.  I decided to use this photo of Buster from his back yard back in October of 2002.

To begin with I lightly sketched out the dimensions of Buster face on the canvas, which will make painting easier later on.

Step Two: Sketch At The Ouline of The Face

Here I have sketched out the outline of Buster's face.
Here I have sketched out the outline of Buster's face.

Step Three: Begin To Add The Details To The Face

Here I have added the eyes, nose, and mouth to Buster's face.
Here I have added the eyes, nose, and mouth to Buster's face.

During this step in the process I have began to add the eyes, nose, and mouth to Buster's face. Also, I have sketched in the ears, jaw line, and Buster's color.

Step Four: Continue Adding Detail To The Face

Here I shade in the darker portions of Buster's face.
Here I shade in the darker portions of Buster's face.

Step Five: Paint In The Ligher Portions of Buster's Face

Here I begin to add the lighter portions to Buster's face.
Here I begin to add the lighter portions to Buster's face.

I used beige colored oil paint to begin filling in the lighter portions of Buster's face.  White paint will be added later on to add even highlights.

Step Six: Outline The Features of The Face

Here I use sienna paint to outline the features of Buster's face.
Here I use sienna paint to outline the features of Buster's face.

Using a small brush I outlined the jaw line, the face, the ears, the eyes, and the darker portions of Buster's face. Later I will go in and add more layers of paint, but for now the sienna will help to distinguish the more shadowy portions of the dog's face.

Step Seven: Fill In More of The Face

In this step I continue to fill in the lighter portions of Buster's face.
In this step I continue to fill in the lighter portions of Buster's face.

In this step I continue to paint in the beige portions of Buster's face.  The sienna colored outlining helps me to stay in the lines.

Step Eight: Finish Adding The Lighter Portions of The Face

Here I have finished painting in the beige portions of Buster' face.
Here I have finished painting in the beige portions of Buster' face.

Here I have finished painting in the beige portions of Buster's face, so now I can move on to the darker parts of his visage.

Step Nine: Begin Painting In The Darker Portions

Gray tones of paint are used here to achieve the dark portions on Buster's cranium and ears.
Gray tones of paint are used here to achieve the dark portions on Buster's cranium and ears.

Here I mixed together sienna, black, and white paint to achieve the gray color that will be used on Buster's face.  White paint is used to highlight parts of the darker regions.

Step Ten: Fill In More of The Dark Portions

Continue to paint the darker portions of Buster's face.
Continue to paint the darker portions of Buster's face.

In this step I continue to fill in the darker portions of Buster's face.  The painting is not as of yet, but part one has demonstrated how painting your pet is definitely a labor of love.  Happy painting, and remember to use the style that works best for you!

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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Hmmm... Sweetie Pie, you make it look SO EASY!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Paradise,

You are very sweet. Actually there is a great video on Youtube that I discovered last night that makes painting a dog very easy, even if you do not know how to draw. I will try and send you this video is you are interested.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Looking forward to part two Sweetie. Thumbs up!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments C.S. Alexis!


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

I love painting, a hobby of mine infact. You are doing a great job on your painting of Buster. I had a dog like buster before (Chelsa),..miss her very much. To bad these great dogs couldn't of been cloned. Look forward to seeing the painting when your finished.


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jowax 7 years ago

wow wonderful,thankx darling


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Army Infantry Mom,

I can tell you are an artist, and I hope to see some of your art work some day. Hopefully you can write some hubs about it. I miss Buster so much, and I still think of him as the diplodog because he used to love to shake hands. One time my hands were busy emptying the dryer, and the minute they were free a paw came right into my hand because he wanted to shake so bad :). Such good memories.

Jowax,

Glad to hear you liked it dear. Thanks for the lovely compliment :).


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

SweetiePie great start with your picture. I'm waiting patiently for the finished painting. :-)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the comment Aguvulpes. I have part two up if you want to see it :).


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Medora Trevilian 5 years ago

SweetiePie, it's really great that you are commemorating Buster like this. I love the step by step way you show the process, too!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Medora!

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