Oil Rub-out Demo
A Boy and His Dog
This is an actual portrait commission, purchased as a gift for the boy's mother. It's done on a 12 x 16" plastered panel sized with two coats of titanium white acrylic.
The dog is only a year old and it was nearly impossible to get him to set down for more that about five seconds. He'd much rather run full speed around and around the house. We tried shooting pictures out doors and indoors. He was calmer indoors but the lighting was not so good. Luckily I ended up with a good one of the boy, another of his hand and one of the dog.
After compositing three photos on the computer, I used transfer paper to locate a few dark accents like the irises, shadow in a nostril, and corner of the mouth. They were inked with a brown IDenti pen, but could have used acrylic paint. The idea is to have just enough to establish the proportions and to preserve the composition. 95% will be done "freehand". My plan is to make it high key. Click on pictures to make them much bigger.
Epologue: Saw the boy's mother at the restaurant and she and her son loved it a lot!
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