Painted from a very old photo print. The right eye has the flash removed and
the left eye has been opened up
Hands and people can be edited out and it is often a good idea to hold your pet for the photo
The poor lighting has been corrected, using other photographs for colour reference
Enhancing your photos
It is always better to work from clear photographs with good detail, but when painting your portrait I can combine photos and also make corrections or alterations. Some examples are shown below. Never worry about holding your pet to take a photograph as hands, people and backgrounds will all be edited out of the final portrait.
Original photo. Part of Archie’s face is concealed, so that needs to be addressed, and I also want to move his right paw to a better position without drawing attention to it.
A line drawing is created and the first layer of colour, highlighting and shadow is added. This very soft smudging technique also works well as a finished painting style.
Gradually, more layers of colour and shading build up the final portrait. Fine detail, such as individual
hairs, is added last.
Composition from three separate photos, balancing the different colours and lighting and ensuring correct relative size.
This composition is made up from three photos. My objective was to show the three dogs as a group rather than three “floating heads”.
This composition is made up from two photos. The client wanted to recapture her favourite memory of Gypsy in the field of wild flowers, with the addition of poppies.