I painted a portrait of three dogs for the invite to the 17th Annual Bark and Whine Ball held by a small San Francisco non-profit called CLAW, www.clawsf.org. Design was done by Squillante Studios.
I was given the task of making three dogs (Mason, Anna and Candy) look like they were in the same place for a professional photograph. All three had passed away and their memory is being honored on the event invite. I was told not to make any changes to the image I was given but I was asked to add a background. This is the photo collage composition that I was given to work from:
I was also given the following photos as reference:
Since the photos were not high quality, I used high resolution photos from the internet of similar dogs to increase the detail and clarity. I used the provided reference as character, color and size reference.
I needed to figure out what kind of background to put them in. I thought up a couple of things that might work and sketched them out for approval.
After speaking to Mat Squillante, the person who hired me for the job, I found out that both backgrounds were too much and all I needed to do was a blanket, pillow or some grass. Given the complexity of the illustration I was on a little bit of a tight schedule. I was glad I didn’t spend a lot of time sketching out each background. After much consideration and some direction from Mat, I went ahead with a blanket. I sketched it out and sent it to Mat for approval.
Once the sketch was approved, I moved on to the final art.
I decided to do the portrait in acrylic on 8.5″ X 11″ Arches hot press watercolor board. I had recently used the media on this surface for my Weedy Seadragons and liked how it handled.
In process photos: