Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Brogan is an Irish Wolfhound and he's huge! Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest breed of dog. He may be big, but he's an easy-going sweetheart and handsome too. I've posted in-progress scans of this portrait previously, and now it's finished. Both dogs are Brogan - the upper right is him when he was younger with a lighter coat and the lower left is him after he'd matured and his coat became more grey.
"Brogan" - 7" x 9" on 9" x 12" Aquabord. Ink, Watercolor & Color Pencil
This painting is on Ampersand's Aquabord, a textured, clay-coated board. I like to use it for full-color realistic portraits like this one. The surface takes watercolor well and I can also scratch into it. It's much harder to scratch than the Claybord I use for other drawings, so that can be a bit challenging, but it works. It's also a pain to scan, because the texture (many bumps) is picked up by my scanner, so I have to do a lot of cleanup on the background of the scan.
Here are a couple of details of the portrait:
And an animation:
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
X-Acto Knife with #16 Blade