It's officially done & ready to go off to it's new home! YAY! As glad as I am to be done with this painting I got so used to seeing this guy in my studio everyday! I forgot to post this earlier but the official dimensions are: 30 x 42 inches and is done in oils on stretched canvas.
I've been getting more requests for animals as of lately, including some pets! I'm a huge animal lover & I always admire how much people care for and adore their own animals, so it's fun when a client wants something specially done. The last commission I just finished up was a square painting (36 x 36 in.) of three different cats. Because cats can be a little tricky to photograph (especially when I'm trying to get all three kitties to look at me at once) I decided to reference separate photographs for each cat. The clients I were working with had a very specific image of how they wanted the three cat heads fading into each other and the background- it's great when there's a clear "picture" of what somebody wants out of a painting :)
Here's the three photographs I used for the painting along with the final result! meow.
Depending on the subject, I find that properly outlining a drawing can make a huge difference to my painting process. Once I have my image sketched on my canvas or panel I like to outline the pencil lines so I don't lose the fine details and specific marks in the process. Usually I just use a little bit of burnt sienna with some gamsol to get a very thin & light line down on my new piece. The light layer of paint keeps outlines identifiable and can easily be covered up once thicker paint is laid down.