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The creation of a Carole’s second triple dog  portrait from separate photos.

 The second portrait – Liz , Liz and Emma

I kept a similar background with Liz , Liz and Emma so this portrait would  look good hung with the previous Rex , Hawk & Grizzly portrait.

Once again Carole found all the photo’s she could of each dog and emailed them to me with a note as to which were her favourites.

As the portrait was a multiple dog portrait as well as trying to pick the most flattering and sharpest photos we  had to choose ones that would look nice next to each other and suit the design.

 Here are the photos we selected.

The original photo used for Emma's portrait

Emma

A photo I took.

Now this one is more like it!

A nice happy pose ,  sharp with good eyes and nose details .

I used another photo we had that showed Liz and Emma together to help customise Liz’s markings and show the difference between them both.

The original photo for LIz

Liz

Memorial portrait

This photo was really bad. There is no detail in the area between the eyes and her eye shape etc isn’t clear. For the best results in a portrait I need to be able to see the bone structure, eye shape ,and the way the hair sits  as each dog is different and that is what helps make them unique!

See a closeup of the reference photo

See how you can’t see the shape of her right eye or nose properly?

The original photo for Liz the German Shepherd

Liz ( German Shepherd)

Memorial portrait

This was the most flattering photo we had of Liz. Once again it was a cropped section of a photo taken from a fair distance away.

The detail in the nose and eyes wasn’t very good.  Carole said to just go ahead and do the best I could.

 Here is a mockup showing suggested placement of each dog in the portrait.

I sent this to Carole to give her a rough idea of what the finished portrait would be like and get her feedback. We decided this was the way to go and then I did a sketch of each dog and sent them for her approval.

The mockup I showed Carol so she could get an idea of what position each dog would be in in the portrait.

Again I did 3 separate sketches as then they could be bigger to get more detail in.If I had done one long one the faces would have been smaller.

If necessary changes can be made to the sketches at this stage but Carole was happy with them so I could then start to paint!

The sketches are shown below.

Sketch for Emma the schnauzer
The sketch for LIz the German Shepherd
The sketch for emma
The finished portrait of Liz , Liz & Emma

Liz , Liz & Emma

35 x 74 cms

Oil on gallery wrap canvas

‘You’ve done it again. It’s awesome!

I’m sending it off for my friends to see. ‘

Carole

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