A Big, Shaggy Dog

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:


Materials used:
Ampersand Aquabord
India Ink
Technical Pen
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
X-Acto Knife with #16 Blade


Anonymous June 26, 2011 at 4:28 AM  
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Janey Ranlett June 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

That animation feature was really neat. Nice likeness of a very handsome dog!

Art Collector's Corner June 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

amazing details - beautiful!!!

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