Hunk the Basset Hound custom hand drawn portrait - featured

Custom Basset Hound portrait

“Hunk” 8×10 colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper I had a few projects come up toward the end of the summer that kept be really busy with non-landscape painting — including this custom portrait drawing of Hunk the Basset Hound. I fell head-over-heels for Hunk! The way his mom described his personality as an irresistibly lovable tyrant definitely reminded me of our own dogs. And I was particularly smitten with his long hound face and ears because of our Dachshund, Bosco. Hunk’s mom provided the idea for the tilted crown (inspired by a Biggie Smalls photo with the…

Lost edge study in fusing middle values #2

Exploring areas of same value/different hue For the second study in fusing middle values I wanted to use the same color palette, but switch from a cool background to a warm one. In her video lesson, Dianne uses a grey squirrel for the demo and it was so cute that I wanted to try it myself. That light, fluffy tummy makes me smile :) The lost edges are around the outer edge of the head, one foot, and a bit at the top of the tail.

Lost edge study in fusing middle values

Lost edges in the middle values Now that I’m seeing this study, which is an exploration of lost edges in middle values, I feel like my studies with light values (apples and pears) could use another look. For this little bird, I used my value finder tool to double check that the negative shape is indeed a middle value. The idea being that I can use the middle values of the bird’s contour to lose edges with the background. I wish I’d done that check with the previous two studies! I really like how they look, but I’d also like…

Gouache sketch of a French Bulldog

I’m still not in love with this grey toned sketchbook, but it’s pretty good for gouache. It seems to help me get a full value range with the opaque media. But I don’t really like it for sketching with pencil because it’s too hard to see the lines. The paper is also quite smooth, and I prefer more tooth. On the upside, the grey paper encouraged me to push this grey French Bulldog into blue territory, making it more stylized. I continued the illustration with my favorite little leaf doodles.

Sketchbook portraits of cute dogs in gouache and acrylic

As a big believer in the power of daily sketchbook exploration, I’m doing a mini-challenge of painting dogs in a variety of media. Partially to get better at drawing and painting dogs, but also as a vehicle for playing with different materials. Four small dog portrait sketches in acrylic (upper left) and gouache (the other three) This little grouping was made in my Stillman & Birn Nova sketchbook, which has grey toned paper. I wanted to warm up the surface so instead of the grey I applied a medium value ochre-ish color made from white gesso and acrylic paint. The…