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  • Pit Bull Portrait : Josie Completed

    December
    18
    2008

    pit bull dog portrait by leanne wildermuth

    I finished Josie’s portrait late lastnight, and my work in progress shots require much editing for lighting. I just took this daylight shot and will get it scanned for more accurate details and color – but wanted to share. Her portrait is exactly how I imagined it would be, and her loving personality is so apparent.

    My to-do list is crazy big, Martina is singing White Christmas in the family room and I have much to accomplish in a few short hours! Will post the final scan once I have another moment.

    xo

    Pit Bull Portrait : Josie WIP #1

    December
    16
    2008

    pit bull pencil custom portrait progress
    I began working on this lovely brindle pit bull portrait this afternoon. Her name is Josie, she’s a Christmas portrait so I’ll be getting this drawing done up in the next day or so to put it with a Gift Certificate for my client – I will be painting Josie again some time in January. My client rescues pit bulls and I have to give her props for that, she has 5 dogs at the moment (Josie, sadly, has gone over the rainbow bridge).

    I am really drawn into this offset curled up pose, after looking through all of her photos I thought this best suited her personality and comfort in her surroundings.

    I’ll post all of the progress together so you can “watch” the piece as it develops.

    Lola : Silver Lab Portrait Complete

    November
    19
    2008

    Lola silver lab puppy dog portrait painting by Leanne Wildermuth

    I completed Lola’s portrait very late yesterday, and without the natural sunlight I opted to wait until today to publish it here for you to see. Just a few colors on my palette for this painting; white, indigo, olive, raw umber, magenta, french ultramarine and yellow ochre. I enhanced her fur a bit more in her portrait than her photo really dictated because she’s got a really pretty coat and I wanted to show that off a bit.

    Click here to view the work in progress, if you’d like to see it all together.

    I’ve taken a side photo of the panel so you can see the dimension as well.

    Lola silver lab puppy dog portrait painting by Leanne Wildermuth

    I just got my internet connection (cable) back about an hour ago, apparently it’s been down all night (thank God I was sleeping, I may have very well chewed off my fingernails waiting for it to come back up!!) I did manage to get a couple of other projects underway while I was waiting this morning.

    Hope you’re having a good week!

    Lola : Silver Lab Portrait WIP #3

    November
    12
    2008

    Lola silver lab custom dog portrait by Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve completed Lola’s underpainting – it’s pretty rough but you can see now how the coloring all pulls together and her eyes just pop! Love her collar design too, it’s a really girlie pattern.

    I’ll put the fan on her portrait and it’ll take a couple of days for this layer to dry. I’ll be working on some other projects for the rest of this week and pick Lola back up on Monday to finalize her portrait.

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    Lola : Silver Lab Portrait WIP #2

    November
    11
    2008

    Lola silver lab puppy dog custom portrait in oil by Leanne Wildermuth
    I’ve finished Lola’s background color. It’s very similar to Kona’s portrait, though I’ve lightened it up a bit using Naples Yellow Light with a touch of Yellow Ochre to pull the light mint and gold in her eyes out into the background. The darks will balance the olive in her collar, with the deep fuchsia base in her collar the combination will be really beautiful.

    You can see that I’ve printed several reference photos. Larger for accuracy in color, smaller for accuracy in detail. Her coat color is quite varied in the three photos, the most naturally lit is the puppy photo on the left (c’mon everybody say “awwwww“) so that will be my primary reference for her silver coat color.

    I’ll work the eyes/underpainting tomorrow so you’ll see how the colors come together.

    Lola : Silver Lab Portrait WIP #1

    November
    10
    2008

    Lola silver lab puppy custom dog portrait painting Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve sketched out Lola this afternoon, she’s a beauuuutiful silver lab (reminds me of a Weimaraner). She’s only about 7 months old. A couple of her reference photos show her in this same collar just a couple of months old, and boy has she grown into it! What a beautiful breed, though – honestly I’d never even seen a silver lab until Lola – and now I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for them!

    My client (you can read her blog here) found my Etsy shop and ordered her custom portrait through my shop. Funny thing – I designed her blog for her about a year ago! So cool to get to work with her again. I’m just tickled. :)

    I’ll be working on Lola’s background tomorrow.

    Lab Portrait : Caesar Complete

    August
    18
    2008

    custom black lab dog portrait painting leanne wildermuth

    Caesar’s portrait is complete, pending client proofing. You may notice I’ve changed the collar from blue to red – a last minute tweaking that makes him even a little more bold against the canvas.

    Enjoy!

    Lab Portrait : Caesar WIP #2

    August
    14
    2008

    black lab dog portrait custom art leanne wildermuth

    Here’s Caesar’s underpainting. If you’re curious, I don’t use any black in my paintings at all. I haven’t in quite some time. Since there is no “black” in nature, my black consists of various combinations of indigo with raw umber, sap green and/or magenta. I think this produces a much more natural portrait with true earth tones.

    You can see that my reference photos aren’t really “perfect”, but I wanted you to see that sometimes, if it’s all you have, it can still work. A few photos that show me personality, coat length and color and a bit of eye color, and I can usually fill in the rest. I know how important it is that the end result replace those photos with a clear, lifelike memory of a pet.

    That said, I’ve got Caesar speed drying and I’m going to try to finish his portrait tomorrow afternoon.

    Lab Portrait : Caesar WIP #1

    August
    12
    2008

    Black lab dog portrait custom oil painting leanne wildermuth

    I’ve finished the background on Caesar’s portrait. The sides of the piece are a bit darker and makes a nice border frame on the wrapped canvas. I’ll work in the underpainting when this is dry (hopefully tomorrow afternoon).

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