Another holiday commission. This one was interesting because they wanted grass behind Charlie the dog. ended up experimenting with different layouts while painting on this one.
This was a commission I got during the holiday season! Hubble!
This is Lucky! Lucky was abandoned in a dog park when he was a puppy and my client’s family ended up adopting him. Lucky is such a fitting name for this cutie! According to his owners Lucky loved the beach and protecting the family. He would cuddle and sleep with on the bed. He was a quick learner too!
This is Clancy, the adorable corgi. He sadly has passed away, but hopefully I did him justice.
These Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were so cute! They were also in two different photos and then placed in the same one. This one was a bit easier because the angles that they were at were very close to begin with.
In painting this my approach was to work from dark to light, really allowing the light values to pop.
These two were another cute pair that was fun to paint. They presented a bit of a challenge, as they were in different photos, that were taken from slightly different angles. I usually like to stick quite close to the reference material so the end painting is representative to the pet itself. in this case, we had a similar enough photo, I was able to compensate the angles and photoshop together a reference that looked accurate.
The background on this one was also a new adventure, and let me tell you, leaves are hard! Getting the correct balance of detail and blur to represent depth is quite difficult.
Well it is the last day of 2018, it sure went by quickly. Looking back on the year I have definitely grown as an artist and learned a lot. I wanted to visually break down what I have done this year and since I started working for Chewy. Here are the numbers:
1775 Total Paintings
20 Birds (16 Parrots/Budgies, 2 Pigeons, 1 Finch, 1 Hummingbird, 1 Chicken)
15 Guinea Pigs
This doesn’t include any of the commissions or other projects I did this year, such as all the dogs for the card deck. Cool and crazy to think about!
Have a Happy New Year!
On Small Business Saturday I announced my newest product, The Dog Pack!
I have wanted to do this project for at least 4 years, and I finally got around to getting it done. Originally I was going to work all digitally to complete it, but found that hand-painting the dogs was a better way to get the look I desired. Each dog was painted on paper in acrylic and then scanned into the computer to work into the design.
Breeds were chosen mostly based on popularity and assigned with what seemed to feel right! Sometimes this was based on size, or my personal interactions with that breed of dog.
The design was a tossup between doing something that looked “pop-art” style or vintage. In the end I felt that the vintage style just visually looked better so I went with that.
The Dog Pack includes:
Airedale, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brittany, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Doberman, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle, Great Dane, Italian Greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Papilion, Pit Bull, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pomeranian, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweilier, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Scottish Terrier, Shar Pei, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Standard Schnauzer, Vizsla, Weimariner, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Here are all of the 6x6 pet portraits from September.
Here are all of the 6x6 pet portraits from August.