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  • Custom Dog Portrait : Emily

    February
    25
    2008

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    Custom Portrait of Emily
    8? x 10? Oil Painting
    Canvas Panel
    © 2008 Leanne Wildermuth
    All Rights Reserved
    Portfolio View

    I’ve added a detail shot of Emily’s face below, so keep on reading. For anyone interested in having your own custom portrait done, you can view my custom portrait packages here in my shop. You can quick-order by selecting a size and checking out through Paypal right here.

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    Emily the Poodle : Completed Dog Portrait

    February
    21
    2008

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    I’ve completed Emily’s portrait and it’s out for proofing, so there may (or may not) be minor tweaking going on – but overall this portrait is complete and back under the fan. I have to say – painting white poodle fur is very interesting. Especially getting the shadows of the fur just so, there’s a little depth but not too much – the fine wisps of fur on her tail and ears – the grass coming up around her, a very enjoyable painting to work. I’ll post the final scan and painting details once she’s dry.

    Emily the Poodle : WIP #2

    February
    19
    2008

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    I’ve completed Emily’s underpainting today – the shadow of her white fur is basically what you’re looking at. I also roughed in her eyes, nose and mouth. They will be further enhanced with the next layer of paint. I’ll set the fan on her tonight so that I can speed up dry time and if all goes well, I’ll finish her portrait tomorrow.

    Lacy the Eskimo : Final Scan & Details

    February
    2
    2008

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    Custom Portrait of Lacy
    8? x 10? Oil Painting
    Canvas Panel
    © 2008 Leanne Wildermuth
    All Rights Reserved
    Portfolio View

    I’ve added a few zoomed-in detail shots of the completed portrait below, so keep on reading. Also, a few of you have contacted me about having your own custom portrait done, and I’ve made up some custom portrait packages in my shop to make the ordering process easier. You can have a look at the available sizes here.

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    Emily the Poodle : WIP #1

    January
    31
    2008

    Another dog portrait in progress – I sketched Emily last week, worked on finishing up Lacy’s portrait and then came back to Emily to work in her background. My client requested a background similar to Cleo, so in order to make that happen – I have to very carefully plan out my palette and store it so that I can add grass to the foreground once her portrait is complete.

    One of the deepest hues in the grass is Olive, which can sometimes take longer to dry than Indigo (which is my “black”), so I have to be really patient while I’m working on these oil paintings. If I continue on too early, I could strip the very thin layer all the way back down to the canvas, and repairing it just lengthens the process. I do use a medium which speeds up dry time (otherwise the oils would take 2 weeks or more to dry! Ouch! I’m not that patient!), depending on the color, it can take anywhere between 24-72 hours for each layer to dry.

    There’s a little bit of “Painting in Oils” info for you – you’re taking notes, right?

    Lacy the Eskimo : WIP #3 (Portrait Proof)

    January
    29
    2008

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    Lacy’s portrait is almost complete. This is the “proof”, where Lacy’s mom gets a larger digital image of the painting and has a closer look at the details and has the option of requesting any revisions to the painting. This also gives me the opportunity as the artist to step away for the evening, allow the portrait to dry a bit, and make any additional revisions that I see needed in the morning before I sign her – the final act in completing a painting!

    I know I’m a little biased, but *woof* I wanna fluff this pup right up. She must have 3 inches worth of depth to her fur! And her eyes – I could gaze into them all day.

    Good girl, Lacy. Good girl. :pats on head:

    Once she’s totally complete, the painting will have time to dry, it will get a nice coat of gloss varnish, I’ll scan the piece and you’ll see a much better representation of her portrait. Stay tuned, that usually takes a couple of days – so I should have the final scan images up for your viewing pleasure on Friday.

    Lacy the Eskimo : WIP #2

    January
    28
    2008

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    I’ve worked a bit more on Lacy today, this time deepening the ears, eyes, nose and mouth. If all goes well and this is pretty dry tomorrow afternoon, I’ll start working on her fur and possibly finish up her portrait by Wednesday.

    Lacy the Eskimo : WIP #1

    January
    23
    2008

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    This is Lacy’s underpainting, sitting beside the photo I’m working from. You can see she’s a beautiful white American Eskimo, and her portrait will reflect that as I add more layers of fur. Right now, she’s the color that I see under that top layer of fur. Since I paint so thin, this layer will dry and then I’ll begin applying thousands of fine brushstrokes, building layer upon layer of fur until I reach the whitest whites in her portrait. I’ll also be enhancing her eyes and nose, deepening and brightening the color and – as is the very last thing I do with every portrait – applying lashes and whiskers.

    To be continued…

    Lacy the Eskimo : Dog Portrait Sketch

    January
    22
    2008

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    Lacy is an American Eskimo, fluffy and white and I just want to dive into her fur and hunker down for the winter. She’s going to be a pressie so “sssshhhhh”, keep her portrait progress on the down low until after Valentine’s Day. Seriously – what a nice gift to get from your Honey on Valentine’s Day, a custom portrait of your dog! Personally, I’d bawl. So knowing that, I’ll be sure to package her portrait up in something water resistant.

    Two white dogs portraits in the studio – Lacy is also an 8×10 and will be painted in oils.

    Stay tuned for more studio progress this week!

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