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Dogs in Oil Painting Portrait

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils

Dogs in oil painting portraits in any breed of dogs always makes a treasured artwork. In this article I would like to cover the

Dogs Oil Painting Portrait – Step by Step Process

Dogs in Oil Portrait Dog Painting on Canvas – Photo reference  

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Dog Photo Reference

Step 1 Oil Painting of Dog Portrait – Sketching out the outline, Blocking in the colours and shapes.

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Step 1 Dog Oil Portrait Painting

Step 2  Completing the thin layer of under paint in oils.

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Completing the undercoat

Step 3  Next layer of paint. Applying thicker coats of paint..working up tones, values. Adjusting edges as go.

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Oil Paint applied thicker, working up tones,values

Step 4 Refining details but still need adjustment of highlights seen in Completed Dog Painting – Oil on Canvas

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Refining Details

Final Painting with the adjusted highlights and added contrasts to stand out more.

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Commissioned Dog Oil Portrait by Cynthia Hargraves

About my Pet and Animal Portrait Artwork. Many artist strive for a very realistic representation of painting or drawing. I greatly admire their dedication and skill. However I prefer a painterly approach to my Pet Portraits Commissions. It is a conscious choice not to compete with a camera representation. I want my paintings to look like the photo but appear to be obviously a painting.

Taking the Pastel Dog Portrait for this Portrait Drawing

Have a Treat or Toy, Camera, Friend ready

dog toy for photoThis is helpful to get the attention of your pet. So if you are taking the photo have a friend nearby to assist in positioning the pet. Wave the treat under the nose of your pet and lift it up to the camera.

NB. I often make a portrait from several photos of the subject so don’t worry how many photos you take to get what you want. I like the photo to be about 5 pixels, clear and in focus and all the pet parts together.

Location for the Portrait – Garden,home,or on holiday!

Make sure there’s contrast – a dark background for a light-coloured animal for example helps me to see your pet more clearly. This photo of a dog portrait was taken again a garden that the owner loved. The striking play of light made it an interesting portrait.Beaches or gardens make great backdrops for dog portraits.

For More information on taking your Pets Portrait please visit        https://www.petportraitartist.com.au/PetPortraits/takingpetanimalphoto.html

Oil Painting and Canvas art materials for this Dog Portrait Painting

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils

This is a selection of some of the oil painting and canvas I used in my Dog Oil Painting. I used Winsor and Newton Professional Quality Oil Paints on High Quality Canvas bought in large rolls which I cut to suit the size required in the custom commissioned painting.

Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils

 Follow this link to  learn more about Designing a Commissioned Dog Portrait 

Commissioning a Oil Painting Canvas Dog  Portrait –The Process

Commission a Dog Portrait Drawing


In the Main Website: petportraitartist.com.au there are several examples of previous commissioned portraits that can be viewed in different mediums that I have created from online commissions over the past 15 years.

Finally a video to view of My Art Studio – not usually this tidy but you will see the layout for those that are interested. As all my work sell before I have created them there is not much artwork to show





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Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
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Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils
Dogs- Dog Portrait Painting in Oils. Commission Oil Painting of breed of dogs demonstrated in steps. Process from photo, choosing design to completion.
Cynthia Hargraves
Pet Portrait Artist: Cynthia Hargraves
Dog Portrait Artist Painter: Cynthia Hargraves
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