Fill in the details below to register for your account. As a digital painter, learning how to paint fur can help you broaden the number of subjects you can paint. Thanks! color:#ffffff; padding:10px 10px 30px 30px; While waiting for this to dry, work another layer of textural marks on the body. padding:30px 10px 20px 30px; I love how the oils blend into each other to produce richness and depth.  Keep everything soft. Painting a dog portrait can be a challenging endeavor for a beginner, but very rewarding when you can capture your dog's individual personality. border-radius:3px; Bob Davies has put together a shortlist of the best acrylic colours, surfaces and brushes for every budding artist to stop you from wasting time and money... Add grey-white to the whites of the eyes using titanium white and Paynes grey - whilst this is wet add touches of alizarin crimson for a slight pinkish hue. I would like to share my technique for painting fur in acrylic paints; in this case, white fur. Continue to work over the whole image in this way. Under all that fur lies a roadmap. Make appropriate use of the variety of marks each brush produces, varying tone and colour.  Allow to fully dry before repeating this step.Â. This is just a very basic tutorial. In this first layer it all adds texture. You will create more specific strands of fur with the lighter colors, so the darker colors will serve as a base. A skeletal structure. I mostly use a three-step process both in acrylics and in oils (middle, a highlight and a dark), working and blending the lights and darks into the base/middle tone. Read more: paint a pet portrait, the four pillars of watercolour, How to paint eyes in watercolour.  Highlight the alizarin part with cadmium red; highlight the raw sienna and green part with cadmium yellow. Tone down the brightness of the canvas by covering it completely with burnt sienna. Artists & Illustrators is Britain’s most popular magazine for practising artists, while also being equally relevant to professionals, aspiring amateurs or to those who paint purely for pleasure. I love dogs & painting dog portraits. Use a toothbrush to finely spray masking fluid in areas of fuzzy fur; not only will this reserve tiny white dots, it will affect the way the paint moves across these areas. Try working on both wet and dry paper, holding the brush at different points on the handle, at different angles, and twisting and turning the brush as you paint. Treat the eyes as part of the whole, and work outwards into the eye socket. -moz-border-radius:3px; Plan Your Tonal Values Paint a tonal scale with five or seven tones (values), from light to dark, with the blacks/greys you're going to use in the painting. } 38. This creates depth in texture and rich dark colors – especially effective for dark brown or black fur. Using non-toxic pet-safe face paint can be a great way to turn your furry friend into a Halloween costume monstrosity without putting them through the potential discomfort of a cloth costume. Here is the portrait after the three layers on the coat and two layers to the background. The darkest colors you see on an animal’s fur will usually be the deepest areas closest to the skin. Mix a lot of these three base colours as you will repeat this step several times until you get the overall depth.  Notice how I have removed areas of paint in the lighter areas; also, even at this early stage, I keep all my strokes in the direction of the hair growth.Â, I allow this stage to dry completely before moving onto the background. Keeping the textural qualities in mind, choose your paint strokes carefully, this area is more hair-like as the fur is less fuzzy. Using a liner brush and a thin mix of the lightest value (mixed from the first step and then thinned with fluid retarder), add some whiskers to the dog. First, aim a hair dryer on its lowest setting at the sap for a few seconds to keep it soft. Fur that is further away from the viewer should be painting with a smaller brush and should have less texture. Painting fur takes time and patience. A good pose is crucial for a great portrait; I have found it is best to get a friend to help take the photograph of your pet so that you can get down to the dog's eye level whilst a friend helps keep the dog's attention with a treat or toy.  Allow to dry. Mask any essential highlights, such as dots of light in the eye, or the odd individual hair. Watch the surface as it dries and add paint or water at just the right moment to produce ‘cauliflowers’. So you’ll put that color down first. 9 WHEN YOU THINK you have almost finished, remove the masking fluid. You could even try standing up and using your whole arm; to produce flowing hair – you’ll need to use flowing brushstrokes. .acrylicctabutton:hover { how-to-paint-dog-acrylics-image7.jpg. display:inline-block; So in most cases when painting fur you want to have at least 3 layers of color creating depth. This dog has short hair so we will only deal with short hair in the tutorial. Let the strokes cross each other, and allow the paint to flow. background-color:#6ea996; I love black dogs (and cats) so I thought I’d share some of my tips for painting black fur.  Note how I have created a pattern on the dog mapping the highlights and shadow areas to help me when I begin the underpainting. Whilst this colour is still wet I work in brighter areas of cadmium yellow to the upper areas of the dog; I also bring this colour slightly behind the dog on the right-hand side. Pet portraits are extremely popular with my students, and I wanted to take the opportunity to demonstrate a pet portrait done entirely in acrylics. I like to paint dogs; the full coat of fur, the wet nose and glassy eyes means there are few subjects that can beat a dog portrait! Artist Bryn Anderson’s dog Nixie is an excellent example of these dog costumes and just how cute and creepy a skeleton dog can be!  Allow to dry. max-width:250px float:right; } padding:10px 16px; The aim of this stage is to cover the dog with small hair details, which will be later glazed back with a darker value: it is very important that all the strokes follow the direction of the hair. Remember to work from dark to light and thin to fat. Acrylics are a wonderful medium but dry very quickly, I hope to demonstrate that by using this method you can still blend similar to an oil portrait whilst benefiting from the fast drying times. In this video, I'll walk through the alla-prima (wet-on-wet) painting technique I used to get the textures, colours and shading in this lovely German Shepherd's fur.  Even though the dog is black, he will have a purplish hue to him; I have therefore chosen to go with a yellow toned background as yellow is a complement to purple.Â. Walk into any art store and the amount of materials filling the shelves is overwhelming! 10 FINALLY, ADD SOME HIGHLIGHTS by using a craft knife to scratch some fine lines. Use a damp brush to soften any hard white lines by pulling paint from the surrounding area across the reserved marks. This feature first appeared in the July 2016 issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. I make a new layer below the […] This is the first layer of the background, this step will be repeated to create a rich muted background.  (With acrylics you can speed the drying time up by using a hairdryer. Spray the fur with acrylic spray paint. Then, start at the feet and work your way up the leg and around the hip and elbow. margin:auto;  Allow to fully dry before moving to the next stage.Â. I apply fluid retarder to the entire background area and work wet into wet (you do have to work quickly with acrylics). I recently came across an inspiration photo on Sktchy that looked EXACTLY like my dog Claire that had passed many years ago. The best techniques and tips I have for painting realistic fur and hair for animal subjects with short hairs such as a deer. With practice, it can also be fun. text-decoration:none; The band of brown under the dog’s chin and paws is the rim of his bed and gives the pose an anchor. People also love these ideas ), I want the background to be soft and muted, and to complement the dog's colouring.  Allow to fully dry. Dampen small areas if you feel it needs a softer mark. Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s number 1 magazine for original art. One of the things I love about watercolors is the transparency of the paint. My first print was published by Wild Wings in '95 & though it's a livelihood, I paint because it's FUN! Still working wet into wet I begin adding the lighter value to the highlighted areas of the dog - again softening as I go with a blending brush. Yes No. Ensure your background is dry before proceeding to the first colour layers on the dog. I begin by using the middle-value purple with plenty of fluid retarder mixed in; I apply this over the entire dog avoiding the eyes. 8 KEEPING YOUR HAND AND BRUSH MOVING in the direction that the hair falls, apply loose brushstrokes onto the dry surface of the first layer. Use fewer drops to make the colors lighter, and more drops to make them darker. However, it can also be one of the most challenging and time-consuming textures to render for most beginners. If you want to learn how to paint longer hair, you can follow my Yorkshire Terrier painting tutorial. Use a flat brush and the thin dark glaze to reinforce all the shadow areas, following the direction of the hair growth. The techniques used in this step-by-step are based heavily on understanding which brushes to use, and how to use them to produce marks that can be interpreted as hair or fur. Draw thoughtfully with the masking fluid as if you were applying white paint, making creative, expressive marks. Then, apply peanut butter or mayonnaise to the sap, and let the oils break down the stickiness. Fluid retarder (50.50) gel and fluid mix (see above details), .acrylicctabox { A touch of cadmium yellow and a touch of white, to get a middle value purple/grey mix. The colours are mixed as follows. Start by choosing materials that will work with you to achieve the effect you want, NOT or rough watercolour paper will help enormously. How to Paint a Portrait of a Dog. With this tutorial I will show you how to paint fur!  Don't be afraid to repeat an area over and over to get the necessary depth and richness.Â. This is the technique I use when drawing realistic looking fur, although every type and color of fur has its little differences when it comes to drawing them. I didn’t need to paint every strand of hair on Maiden’s face, because when you look at the painting as a whole, it reads as white fur on a white dog. I always use a fixative over my pencil lines before beginning painting to prevent my initial sketch from smudging. 6 SHAPE THE HEAD, EARS AND EYES by considering the tones you need to achieve in the final painting. -webkit-border-radius:3px; How to Paint a DOG PORTRAIT Art has been a lifelong passion & I've painted 40+ years. Fur is everywhere – animals, fantasy characters, clothes, even furniture. Here you can see the finished underpainting in one colour. You’ll add more layers after that, ending with the lightest colors highlighting the tips of the fur. Claire and I were very bonded, so it was like getting a “hello” from heaven when I … But don't forget the whole tutorial is from the start to finish on how to paint this Red Fox Labrador, not just the fur. I will give you a few quick tips that will set you in the right direction when it comes to learning how to paint dog portraits: 1. Then study the anatomy of eyes, nose, lips, and ears. Everything appears a bit unbalanced, and will be remedied with thin glazes of color over the fur. Then be quite formulaic or systematic in using the middle tones for most of the animal, the lights for the highlights, and darks for the shadows. The real challenge is that he has a lot of fur. I repeated this step three times.a) Apply middle tone over the entire dog with LOTS of fluid retarder.b) Work the dark areas wet into wet.c) Work the highlights wet into wet - blend and keep strokes soft. Project by Siân Dudley – www.moortoseaarts.co.uk. border:2px solid #e0664b; width:250px; We Brits love our pets, and for many of us who love to paint, a pet portrait seems the perfect fit. June 2020. Though I would complete an oil portrait in the same way, the drying time would be much greater; the joy of acrylics is that you can work wet into wet, but then dry the area with a hairdryer and quickly move onto the next stage. Stir in two or three drops of food coloring. I like to add hints of the dog's colours to the background, so I add small touches of dioxazine purple to the lower canvas and slightly to the upper right: I use a soft blending mop to blend these colours together for a muted effect. I did this one to improve my skills painting black animals.  It really works.  I love the results.  You must try this one! Keep it loose and maintain that sense of flowing hair or fuzzy fur. Light fur also has a much darker base layer than most think. Transfer the drawing onto the canvas.  I used an opaque projector to project the photograph directly onto the canvas,  however  there are many options to transfer your drawing. Â, If you are confident with your drawing skills you can draw freehand directly onto your canvas. background-color:#a7c8a8; Many of the home DIY products people recommend for coloring pet fur are food-based. ... You can create the illusion of fur on a painting by doing lots of small thin stokes overlapping each other, or do thick dots on top of each other. Use the second last dark color on your palette, such as the darker grays or browns, depending on the color of the fur. When painting black fur in watercolor, I like to layer thin applications of color, allowing drying time in between. Using a large flat brush, I apply a mix of raw sienna and white. Take some middle value and add more Payne's grey and purple to get a dark value; take some middle value and add more white to get a light value. Work in the direction that the fur grows in – use your reference photo, there might be some surprises. Using the fine tip of the sword I painted tiny fine lines, criss-crossing them and changing both colour and tone as l went. Use negative painting to form very fine hairs around the eyes and along the left side of the nose, this laborious method is worth it at this stage, over the rest of the painting it is too tight and restrictive. color:#ffffff; It is only after several layers do I begin to add details such as the small hairs around the muzzle and eyes etc. As the eyes will be the focal point, it is worth spending time painting them in detail, using small, pointed, round and precise brushwork. If you’re looking at the Unison set, that top row of colours with Grey 27, A7 RE15 and LT6 are useful warm tints. Build up your fur by adding more colors to the fur, make slight adjustments to the colors to keep the effect subtle. .acrylicctabutton { The information is presented in an entertaining way to keep you engaged and willing to re-watch the lessons. I try to make it realistic. Despite the painting of the paws being looser than I planned, I liked the hint of sheen on the fur and keeping them understated would work in putting the focus on a more detailed face.  I have also chosen this photo because painting black can be a challenge, but I wanted to demonstrate the colours that go into a black coat. Don’t forget to think about the size of the hairs on the animal you’re painting. This time I will be attempting to paint a dog, I use my dog as reference. With the help of Molly-Mou, and her delightful mix of doggy wool and hair, I hope this demonstration will give you the confidence to try it for yourself, assuming you can get your pet to ‘sit’ for long enough! More fur layers. Mix Payne's grey, dioxazine purple. • BRUSHES Da Vinci series 35, size 4; a sword liner; a dagger brush• WATERCOLOURS For this piece I have chosen colours that I know will granulate: Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue and Mars Black. For the most up-to-date 'How to Guides' get the latest issue online or at all good newsagents. width:auto; The main colours most people lack in their palette are a range of tints. The pupil is black but must be dry before beginning the highlights.  This step must be completed quickly, using plenty of fluid retarder to enable soft blending. Drop in extra paint or water (according to the tone needed). 7 SINCE PAINTING THE HAIR on the head will involve loose and expressive strokes, which may cross the eyes and nose, it is a good idea to paint these features next. Allow this step to dry. The lightest color is last. This image can then be placed onto your canvas with a sheet of carbon paper underneath - simply trace over your lines. .acrylicctaimage { Allow time for the paint to granulate. It helps to splay the brush or use an old paint-brush to paint fur. Add a white trim and a slight touch of Payne's grey where the white areas go into shadow. There’s just something about fur that confuses even the most confident artist. Fur markings have been applied and the dark, light, and mid tone values have been established. How to paint dog fur - How To - Artists & Illustrators - Original art for sale direct from the artist. Use even strokes and spray in the direction the fur grows, and then against it. In addition, final touches will be added to the nose and the eyes … 4 I THEN SPRAYED THE WET LINES with a fine mist, spraying outwards (you may notice some of the finely-sprayed masking fluid here too). Here brushstrokes are longer and more sweeping.  Over the dried black pupil drag ultramarine blue across the top half of the iris in a half moon shape: this represents the sky reflecting in the dog's eye. Continue to add texture, colour and tone until you feel satisfied. "Kes", Dog painting demonstration.  I will be using my own mix of fluid retarder and gel retarder, which I mix to approximately 50/50; this provides me with a much more fluid gel giving me similar consistency to linseed oil or Liquin when using oils and allows me to work wet into wet for softer blending.  Finish by adding a bright dot of pure white for the brightest gleam.  Then, using a light wash of burnt umber, I begin the underpainting: the aim of the underpainting  is to create an entire portrait in one colour.Â. Alternatively, you can print an A4 photograph and use tracing paper to trace this, the traced image can then be enlarged to the size of canvas at a stationary store.Â. }. height:auto; You may even see some BV7 on the lightest parts of the fur on the shadow side of the dog. It is important to understand the way hair, fur and feathers grow to believably paint them! And this is the video On a new layer start to do some sketching. 3 THE FIRST AREA to be tackled was the fuzzy edge along the dog’s back. By the way, look at how little white paint there is compared to dark paint. 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