I really loved the photo of my friend Debs’ dog “Jogi” sitting in his basket on the deck of their old home in Richmond, Christchurch.
Since then of course Jogi is now blind, as I have mentioned before, due to an infection and having his eyes removed. However he is still running about like…well, a mad dog!
This digital painting took me several days to complete especially as the original photo I have is rather small to say the least, and you know I like to paint big! (The actual finished painting is about 8 x 10 inches full size)
I didn’t do all the fancy work on the blanket, but did my own thing but still trying to keep the colour palette the same.
For the door on the left, I basically used a ‘rectangle’ tool and blurred the edges with a slight shadow layer underneath to give the effect of a raised wood panel. For the shrubbery on the right, I used one of Painter 12’s nozzle brushes with a leaf pattern in three different shades, and overlaid them on a very dark green background to give some sort of foliage effect. Way easier than painting individual leaves!
As for Jogi himself – LOTS of layers of either airbrush, or detail oil brush, and of course that ever important tiny stroke for the fur effect. To get some texture on his face I used a ‘pepper spray’ air brush which gives it a less flat look, even though it might be hard to see in this size photo.
One more tool I took advantage of was the ‘pinch’ tool that I used on the edges of the blanket to give it some definition.
Hope you like it!