I had the pleasure of completing a commissioned portrait of Stifler, a Red Fox lab who lived to be 13 years old. He was described to me as a sweet, good natured dog who liked to climb under people’s legs as if never realized how big he grew. Stifler was well loved and treasured. His owner was known for standing in line for hours to get Stifler a BBQ birthday meal from Austin’s beloved Franklin’s.
See below for images of the entire process starting with the main reference photo and ending at the final, framed piece. I begin with a loose drawing in my sketchbook, scan that into my computer and manipulate it a bit if necessary, print that, transfer it on to the final watercolor paper with a light box, then complete the final drawing, paint it, and frame it.
Send me a note if you are ever interested in a commissioned pet portrait.