The Evolution of Sofie

I recently had the pleasure of painting a client’s Shih-Tsu.  Her name was Sofie, and mine is Sophia (often shortened to Sophie), so it seemed like fate had brought me to this project.  I also fell in love with the happy expression on this adorable dog.  And so I went to work.

This was the painting after I applied the initial shadows and started playing with color.  I pined over which “creative” colors to use and found it helpful to layer some colorful lines over the original photo I had of Sofie via Pixlr (a photo editing tool I highly recommend).  Pink, blue and yellow seemed to highlight the happy expression on my subject and gave the painting some brightness.

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Here I had added more color and more color and then some more color.  I wanted a good saturation, particularly of the blue and then I tipped up the piece to let some of the colors run along the bottom.  Now the party was getting fun!

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Lastly, we have the final piece!  Sofie, with her personality bursting all around her and a smile donning her sweet face.

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