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How to Paint an Oil Pet Portrait of Griffin.

Pet Portrait-GriffinWhen I was commissioned to paint Griffin’s Pet Portrait, It was a challenge, he was at the ocean, when the sun was beginning to come down, creating a very strong change of light in his face. I took advantage of the beautiful gold light that accented his face and hair.

Canvas: 11″x14″.

Instructions and Progression:

  1. Draw and paint the under-paint: It was done in acrylics because they dry faster and it gives you the opportunity to paint immediately. Use a washed of Yellow Ochre, but be sure to saturate the canvas. Also you can draw the eyes with black acrylic. Look at image.
  2. Paint the background: Start with oils and paint the st waves of the ocean.
  3. Continue with Griffin’s face: Put special detail in the eyes, hair and nose. It will give you a better understanding of his features. Look at image.
  4. Paint Griffin‘s body: Taking advantage of the texture and the many tones of his hair. The hair was painted with a #1 pro-white brush using it sideways, look at picture.

Pet Portrait-Griffin-DrawingColors:

  1. Titanium White
  2. Flesh, Portrait Pink or Pale Pink
  3. Cadmium Yellow Light
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Raw Sienna
  6. Burnt Sienna
  7. Van Dyck Brown
  8. Royal Blue
  9. Cerulean Blue
  10. Ultramarine Blue
  11. Ivory Black

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent, from the finest 0 to 6.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Turpernoi. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plastic plate to mix colors or a palette.

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