Custom Pet Portraits in Oil
by Artist Zann Hemphill

Speed Painting: Watch a Dog Portrait Come Together in 30 Seconds

ZH Yorkshire Terrier croppy

Timelapse video is a great way to see the whole process without spending hours at the computer. I use it to learn about my painting process and improve, so someday I can be the best pet portrait artist out there!

 
In this painting, I’m using an Alla Prima (wet-on-wet) technique.  It’s particularly fun because, with no drying time in between layers, every brushstroke interacts with the one underneath. They blend and borrow to make something new.
 
When I’m painting pet portraits I usually need many layers, so I have time to send clients updates and check my work in between— this is to make sure I’m portraying the dog’s features exactly in my artwork. I want to paint Your Dog, not just any dog. But my breed studies allow for more looseness. Here I’m painting a Yorkie, and if her nose is a little longer or her fur sits a bit flatter, it’s no big deal.
I love the painterly effects that I can get with Alla Prima fur painting. The longer the fur the better!
 
For a selection of current work, please visit my pet portrait portfolio.
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