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Painting Dog Portraits by Dave White

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A detailed guide to painting realistic dog portraits in acrylics.

This book by best-selling author and animal portrait artist Dave White is the definitive guide to painting portraits of dogs in acrylics. His passion for animals is evident throughout the book, offering basic advice for beginners and explaining more advanced techniques suitable for experienced artists who wish to capture the spirit and character of dogs in their portraits.

The book begins with detailed guidance on composition, deciding on the size of your painting, the background colour, and so on. Then follows with advice on using reference material, comparing painting from life with painting from photographs, and includes a detailed section on essential techniques.

Here you will learn about creating an outline, underpainting, how to paint realistic hair and whiskers, how to get shine on a nose and a glint in an eye, and whether to show ears up or down or the tongues in or out. This section will be followed by three step-by-step projects, including a short-haired dog, a long-haired dog and a group portrait, and the book ends with a short section providing practical advice on setting up and running your own pet portrait business.

Dave White teaches you the essential painting techniques you’ll need to start creating your own dog portrait artworks – from producing an outline and underpainting to capturing the three-dimensional qualities of your pet that will make your paintings truly stand out, such as realistic hair and whiskers, getting the shine on a nose and a glint in an eye, and whether to show ears up or down or the tongues in or out. To follow, the author then offers three step-by-step projects of varying subjects – including a short-haired dog, a long-haired dog and a group portrait – which have been specially designed to encourage you to tackle the essential poses you’ll need to start painting your own pooches. The book ends with a short section providing practical advice on setting up and running your own pet portrait business.

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Published Date: 2018
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
Weight 0.61 kg
Dimensions 29 × 23 × 1.5 cm

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