Australian Shepherd Puppy Portrait

Australian Shepherd Puppy Portrait

australian shepherd puppy portrait in situ

I have been hard at work finishing the oil portrait of this adorable Australian Shepherd puppy. Yesterday I did a live painting session and I will post the video as soon as I have edited the length. If you saw my previous post you saw how the person in the reference photo was removed and how I created a new background. 

As with all of my paintings each new hour spend painting means that more color layers are added until the final stages, when the details are enhanced. I love that final stage, since to me it's like the icing on the cake. It makes the painting sing and truly come to life. 

 Australian Shepherd Puppy Portrait in Oil

After the main color was placed I added more color to create depth and also worked a great deal to show all the detail in the fur. Australian Shepherd puppies have a soft wispy coat when they are young and it sticks out in little tufts. By varying brush sizes and application of paint I was able to recreate that softness.

australian shepherd puppy head

When zooming in a lot more detail can be seen when it comes to the color and how the brush strokes were applied. By varying the spacing of the fur strands a more natural look is achieved.  I like the eyes to be as expressive as possible and this is done by adding pinks and whites in small amounts around the pupil. Of course a painting is looked at from a distance so what counts is the overall effect that is achieved.

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