THE PROCESS

  • Step 1 - The Photo

    Choose your photo.  The best portraits come out from high-quality images, but in the times of cell phone photos, I can work with almost anything. Pictures taken at eye level are preferred.

  • Step 2 - Photoshop

    If you'd like to change the background or combine multiple dogs into one image, I can edit the photo to create the perfect composition. This will be the reference for the painting.

  • Step 3 - The Process

    Everything is hand drawn and painted on canvas or watercolor paper. Throughout the process, you will receive update pictures of your painting. If you spot something that you'd like me to change, you can let me know right away!

  • Step 4 - The Finished Painting

    In about 1-4 weeks, your portrait will be complete! The painting will be shipped directly to your home.

Step by Step Sample - Oil Paintings

  • Step 1 - The Sketch

    I start out all of my paintings with a quick rough sketch. This is then transferred to the canvas for the painting to begin!

  • Step 2 - The Under Painting

    The under painting serves as the base layer for everything yet to come. Here I put down large blocks of general shapes, colors, and shadows.

  • Step 3 - Second and Third Layers

    Once the under painting is dry, I can move onto the next few layers of paint. This is where you'll start to see the beginning of basic detail and clean forms.

  • Step 4 - The Finished Painting

    The final layer involves fine details such as whiskers, tufts of fur, and shine. When this is finished, the painting is officially complete!

Check out a video of the whole process here:

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