Painting “Perlie”: A Chocolate Lab Dog Portrait Video

Zann Painting Perlie

This custom dog portrait is a larger piece, featuring a delightful Chocolate Lab named Perlie. I was lucky enough to meet Perlie while delivering her portrait, and she might have been the SOFTEST chocolate lab I’ve ever felt. I don’t know what they’re feeding her but her fur is silk. 

Hopefully some of that cuddliness came through in the final portrait, because her smile sure did!

In all my portraits, I start with large, loose brushstrokes and work toward small brushes and controlled strokes. You can see how this plays out in the above video, where the initial sketching gets all the big forms in but only takes a small fraction of the total painting time.

I started filming my painting process to learn from it, because I want to be the best pet portrait artist out there, but it’s nice to be able to show others how I work too!

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