I recently completed a commissioned portrait of 2 bullmastiff dogs and I documented the process in the making to give you an idea on how I make my portraits, which I want to share with you all in this blog. The project took me 4 months all together.
2. I then make a rough sketch of the photos in order to study the color, facial structure and personality of each dog. I sketch the whole face as well as individually sketching the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, etc.
1.The first step involved going through all the photos I used for the project, which are listed down below and then photoshoping the 2 dogs into a photo of a Virginia landscape.
3.This is a brand new phase I have added to my portraiture making. I then make digital paintings of the photos on Photoshop. I keep adding layers of paint to the image until it comes together. For this project I only had time to do 2 digital paintings since this process takes awhile and I was running short of time. But in these projects you’re always learning something new.
5. I now apply the acrylic paint. I spend the first few sessions focusing on the whole image.
6.After that comes together I then start working on one dog at a time then leading to certain sections of the painting one by one until it comes together. As you can see it took me 2 sessions to work on the dog to the left.
As you can see I turned this: