|Goldendoodle Portrait 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
I loved pastel but never really painted any pets. My teacher Marsha Savage, is primarily a landscape painter so I learned to paint landscapes which I love. But every once in awhile I get the urge to return to pet portraits. In this post are a few of my recent portraits. I have some tips if you want to paint your own pet in pastel.
|cat portrait 8x10 pastel sold|
- Photos: try to use photos taken in natural light with strong light and shadow patterns. I like to find natural poses with interesting light. Not always possible but if you are taking the photos, take time to get good ones!
- Paper: My favorite paper for pets is Sennelier LaCarte. It has a softness that I love for animals. I recommend trying several kinds of paper even if you are a die hard fan of a particular brand. I wouldn't think I would prefer a paper for a particular subject, but I do!
- Pastels: This depends on your style and level of detail you want. You may love the detail you get with pastel pencils. I prefer using small pieces of soft pastels..Terry Ludwig,Diane Townsend and Great Americans. I like to suggest fur rather than painting every piece and the chunks of pastel work best for me. I will use a Nupastel for whiskers but no pencils.
- Background: Plan the background and put it in at the start of the painting. If you want until the end you may not have success....the color and value relationships change and your animal may look pasted on.
- Color: Black is not black....get the values correct and you can use unexpected and interesting color in your fur!
Special Offer for my readersWould you like to commission a pet portrait or paint your own? I am accepting a limited number of commissions at this time and offering a 10% savings. If you would like to paint your own and would like to see my process in a step by step demo consider my Digital Download pdf also at 10% savings this week only.
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|'His Royal Highness' 8x10 pastel|
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