My current work in progress is from a photograph that I took of my Rat Terrier buddy, Ranger, mooching while my son eats a cookie. It totally cracks me up how he is sitting on his butt in the picture.
The first version of this piece I had to scrap. I was working on smooth illustration board and I made the mistake of building up too many layers quickly on the sweatshirt area. It got to the point where no matter what I did I couldn’t get the shirt to look right. Instead of plodding on with a piece that was going nowhere, I decided to begin anew. This time I was able to include my son’s face. Since his eye contact with Ranger helps to make the piece, it really is for the best that I started over.
As many of you probably know by now, my little Rat Terrier buddy – Ranger – is one of my favorite subjects. He is my faithful sidekick….especially when I have food. One evening my son had some friends over and my hubby bought them some junk food as a snack (what a dad – eh?). I couldn’t resist eating a few of the Cheetos and, of course, my little buddy was right there to mooch. He looked so dang cute in his earnestness to have a bite that I had my daughter shoot some pics….knowing that it would make a really cute painting!
What I learned on this piece:
It is very important to have a really good sketch before starting the “painting” process. If the dimensions of the subject are off even the slightest bit in the sketch, then it is going to be glaringly obvious in full color. Trying to correct the sketch while filling in the color can cause more problems. Therefore, taking the extra time to make sure the subject is sketched out appropriately is worth the time and effort!
8-1/2 x 11 Stonehenge paper. Prismacolor, Luminance and Coloursoft pencils.