Painting Maya, a Dog on the Beach, from Photos
Lighting-wise, this dog beach painting has been a challenge.
The main reference, the one that I’m using for Maya’s pose and expression, didn’t show much of her colouration. It also didn’t have great lighting. So I have a second photo to work from there, and I’m using both to make this dog portrait work!
The 3-minute video below shows a time-lapse of the painting process after the background and a few lines of text have been added.
Time-lapse Video of Maya on the Beach
The (Almost) Finished Piece
After filling Maya in, my client and I are both happy with her likeness in the piece. But it still needs something to tie the foreground and background together!
In this piece, I used lighting to accomplish unified depth. For Maya, I’ll most likely also use a translucent mist or lighting effect to make sure she’s not too separate from the water behind her.
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