|'Savannah' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I usually work from photos which can also be a challenge. Often pet photos are taken in poor lighting or with flash so the colors are not accurate and pet may have devil eyes! But sometimes it is all you have to work with. I found a tool that makes it easier though and this is my favorite way to paint animals.....
View photos on an iPad
|Working form a photo on my iPad|
Working with the photo on the iPad is so much better. The light in the screen makes even bad photos workable. Of course you still have to overlook harsh shadows and deal with busy backgrounds....but a nicely illuminated photo really helps.
You can see my set up for a pet portrait. I like to sit to paint smaller sizes. I like using Sennelier LaCarte Paper for animals. I lay out the colors I will use and paint by blocking in the values layering several colors for each value section. For the background I usually choose a color that is in the fur of the animal or something that will compliment the fur color. For Savannah I used some greens and blues that are also found in the shadows of her fur.
It is getting to be the time of year when we think about Holiday gifts and pet portraits make wonderful gifts. I am accepting a limited number of Pet Portraits for this holiday season. Prices begin at $100 for a 5x7. You can read more about the commission process in my Etsy shop click HERE.
|My Digital Lesson on How I paint Animals available in my Etsy shop for $6|