Last Week I did this Color Portrait of my Dog. You’ve already seen the Pen and Ink Portrait of my Canine Lady…now I present the color pencil portrait done using the same reference picture.
Here’s the reference photo with the final artwork.
Here are some more images in a chronological order.
When I was just about start giving it the finishing touches.
Finished – ready to be delivered (read the story about “how this portrait came to be” at the end of this post.)
Later…after the dust settled and the portrait got framed.
Now some backstory for those interested 🙂
Behind-the-Scenes Drama – How this Portrait Came to Be!
Some people and their dogs never cease their demands.
First they demanded a Pen and Ink Portrait of the canine lady in question; once that was done, they wanted more. This is how the conversation went between us – the pup had brought her owner and translator along.
An Innocent-eyed Pup: “Those color-pencils…”
A Curious Me: “Yes, what about them?”
A Stoic Pup: “You still have ’em, don’t you?”
A Confident Me: “Yep, I do.”
A Pushy Pup: “Why ain’t you using ’em?”
A Confused Me: “Because I’ve been busy working on my other assignments and they had to be done in Pen & Ink or painted digitally…that’s why.”
An Apparently Illogical Pup: “Don’t you think you should take ’em out…they could turn rusty, you know?”
A Gloating Me: “Pencils don’t turn rusty…”
A Persevering Pup: “or flaky?”
A Worried Me: “Come to the point.”
A Demanding Pup: “Do my color portrait.”
A Shocked Me: “What?!!”
An Ultra-specific-Down-to-the-Minutae Pup: “A color portrait – with my golden fur and green-brown eyes looking golden and green-brown.”
A Cautious Me: “What if I refuse?”
A Gloating Pup: “Remember the Pen & Inks that you are doing for that book…you’ve not scanned them yet, have you?”
A Filled-with-Trepedition Me: “No…but I will.”
A Smirking Pup: “Oh, yeah?”
So I rush to the drawer where I had them neatly stacked…only to find that the drawer had been denuded of its contents.
A Confident Pup: “You do my color portrait and you get them back. OK?”
A Defeated Me: “Hey, but color portraits are more expensive than the Pen and Ink ones…are you prepared to pay?”
A Triumphant Pup: “Sure…I’ll pay. I’ll give all those Pen and Ink drawings back, so that you can scan them, and send them to the client.”
This is how, ladies and gentlemen, A ” totally brow-beaten me” was brow-beaten into accepting a commission of a color pencil portrait of Ms. Oorvi. I did get my drawings back – all twenty-four of them…and I breathed a sigh of relief.
If you are interested in looking at my Pen and Ink Pet and Wildlife Portraits, I request you to visit my Pen and Ink Portraits blog here. I am open for pet-portraiture/wildlife art commissions and you are welcome to contact me with your requirements.