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Portrait Details

Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Watercolor painting
Breed: Chocolate Labrador
Name: Cookie
Cookie's coat color is not accurate on this photo. I will be using additional reference material to match her fur color.



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The basic outline sketch of Cookie's portrait. Since this is a painting, I do not fill in all the dark areas.

As always, I start with the eyes and nose then work outwards.

Update 3

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Cookie has very shinny fur as you can see from the highlights on the portrait. Click on the image to view more detail.

Here I am blocking off the large darker areas of Cookie's coat using burnt umber. The next step involves adding the fine hairs using ivory black.


Update 5

Finished portrait-click to enlarge

In this step, I continue to work the fur on Cookie's body and then added the base color for the grass in the fore/background.

The last of  Cookie's body fur is added as well as the details of the grass. This chocolate lab's portrait is now complete! Click image for more details.




Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.


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