|First stage with background and masking|
I just completed this watercolor of an older dog named Suli and a 17 year old cat named Alex. This painting is a good example of how I go about my watercolor portraits. After taking close to 75 reference photos, I created my design on Crescent watercolor board and began by masking out the animals. I don't always start this way, but in this case I wanted to work on the background first. After showing the clients the painting, they did have a few minor changes. The tail on Alex needed to be a little longer and the eyes on Suli needed to be "beadier" according to the owner...funny description! I made the changes and I hope they are happy with the final result.
|Adding detail to animals|
|Client wants tail longer on cat and eyes "beadier" on dog:)|