updated November 18, 2014
Got another pet portrait commission for a grey tabby cat named Evee. I’ve worked up a pencil sketch, based on some photos sent to me, for approval before the actual painting is started. Once I get a “green light” from the patron, then I begin working on the painted portrait.
I did an underpainting of brown, as when working on a white canvas the surface is always brighter then the colors being applied to that surface. Since I always start with the eyes and a cats’s eyes are very reflective and translucent, painting them on a dark background helps to gauge the light on the eyes. Once I have completed the painting, most of if not all of the brown background will be painted over.
At this moment, this is where I’m at. Still blocking darks & lights to make up the fur patterns, this also defines the form of the head/face. I’m working from a very clear, sharp photo, which is great as it allows me to be more accurate and cuts down on having to do guess work.
This is the final version. Funny how it looks so much brighter with all that background painter over, right? But once a drastic value change is made a lot of the high-lights had to be adjusted and or added. And of course adding the whiskers is always the last thing I do for the most part.