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
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
Step Three: Begin To Add The Details To The 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
Step Five: Paint In The Ligher Portions of 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
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 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's face, so now I can move on to the darker parts of his visage.
Step Nine: Begin Painting In The Darker Portions
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
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!