Showing posts with label German Shepherd paintings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label German Shepherd paintings. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

German Shepherd Pet Portrait in Oil


Buddy, German Shepherd
16 x 20 Oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Oh boy! I'm so excited I can finally share Buddy!  He's a German Shepherd and he actually lives in Germany!  How crazy is that for a Canadian girl to send off a German Shepherd painting to Germany?

Buddy is the loyal companion of an elderly couple who love this boy very much.  I'm told they treat him like he was their child.  You can tell by his eyes that he is one very happy boy.  I can't wait to find out their reaction once they see him.  This painting is a gift so it'll be a complete surprise.  I'm also grateful they won't see it online, so it was safe to post.

I'll be working on a large cat commission soon as soon as we have the references worked out, but in the mean time, I'll be back to share another dog painting soon as well as a cat I'll be doing in pastels. I'm itching to do more pastels and will create a video with it.

Thanks for looking!

P.S.  Have a look at this other German Shepherd commission I painted a few months back, just in case you hadn't seen it.

If you need info about your own pet portrait commission, have a look at my Commission Info page:
http://carolerodrigue.fineartstudioonline.com/page/7494/commission-info

Thursday, January 26, 2017

German Shepherd Oil Painting


Sierra, Portrait of a German Shepherd 
16 x 20 oil on canvas
©Carole Rodrigue 2017
SOLD


Hey everyone, meet Sierra the German Shepherd. She was a beauty and her owner really misses her, so her portrait was commissioned.  I cannot express how much I enjoyed painting this.  Though she is gone, I hope this painting will bring some joy and fond memories.

Why did I enjoy painting this so much? The lighting.

For me, the best paintings aren't always about detail, but rather, lighting and mood. The best pet portraits are those with references with natural outdoor lighting.  I cannot stress enough how indoor photos with the flash having been used are not good references.  You can have a painting where all the details are there, every hair painted, but then it's boring because there's nothing special about the light.

When painting a pet portrait, it's crucial to get things right.  Indoor photos with the flash are poor references.  You can't see the eyes and you have to guess.  Details are missing, disguised by the flash, other areas overly enhanced.  When considering a pet portrait, always try to get soft outdoor lighting whenever possible.  I understand that's not always possible, especially when a pet is gone.

Sometimes something good can come out of a bad shot, as in this painting.




The reference for this painting was a tiny paper photo and the dog was only in about 1/3 of the photo.  Picture that picture.  That was a tiny dog to look at. (The reference above is cropped to protect the child's privacy.  The dog only filled a portion of the whole photo.) So, I scanned it at the highest resolution before agreeing to paint it.  Because I was able to see the eye and good shapes, I agreed to paint it and created one of the portraits I'm most proud of.  Seeing the eyes is so important.  I have painted several with the flash being used and guessing what the eyes looked like, but I think I was lucky to be successful.  It makes things that much harder.

Natural light folks, natural light.

Now I'm starting another German Shepherd painting and I can't wait to show you!  It'll have dramatic lighting this time and I'll talk about that when I get to post it.

Thanks for visiting!  If you want your pet portrait commissioned, be sure to visit my website at http://www.carolerodrigue.com   for info.  Use the Contact form if you have questions.