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Capture the personality of your amazing pet: Painterly style in acrylic paints

teacher avatar Jennifer Moorhead, Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

17 Lessons (1h 31m)
    • 1. Welcome, an introduction

    • 2. Choosing your pet's photographs

    • 3. Choosing a background

    • 4. Color and composition

    • 5. Tallulah - drawing directly on canvas

    • 6. Layering paints

    • 7. Painting your pet's amazing eyes

    • 8. Texture 1: Your pet's coat

    • 9. Texture 2

    • 10. Texture 3

    • 11. Painting the background

    • 12. Painting details

    • 13. Final painting details

    • 14. Final thoughts

    • 15. BONUS 1: Drawing your pet

    • 16. BONUS 2: Detail of painting the eyes

    • 17. BONUS3:Texture: Bella - Pets with short hair

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About This Class

As a professional artist, I have taught this class in workshops, art centers and private classes for many years. I have taught hundreds of students in my fun and easy technique of painting pet portraits. Now you get the chance to learn my unique techniques of painting a pet.....without having to wait for another opening in one of my classes. This is a beginner class in painting with acrylics while creating an amazing portrait of your pet.  Wow...and it's easy and simple! 

I will take you through every step of painting your pet's portrait by teaching you how to photograph your pet, compose your portrait, mix paints, and paint in acrylics with easy strokes. You will have fun learning all the great tips and techniques I will share with you in this class. Your portrait will become a lifetime treasure for you to enjoy! 

Art skills you will learn:

  • intro techniques in acrylic painting
  • pet portrait painting
  • selecting good pet photographs¬†for the portrait
  • composition
  • shapes and proportions of your pet
  • value, volume, and texture
  • color schemes
  • color tone mixtures
  • layering with acrylic paints

Art Materials List  

Canvas (at least 16" X 20")

Photograph(s) of your special pet

Acrylic paints (at least a basic set)*

*Here's an example of a basic set from Blick Art Materials:¬†¬†Color Set of 6 ‚ÄĒ¬†This classic six-pack includes Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Mars Black, Naphthol Crimson, Phthalocyanine Green (Blue Shade), Titanium White, and Ultramarine Blue (Green Shade) in 0.75 oz tubes.

Acrylic brushes (#8 Filbert - #6 Flat - #4 Round)

Gloss medium varnish

Water container

Paper towels

Palette ( I use paper plates)

1 Black magic marker

3 Sheets of copy paper (or a sketchbook)

Color wheel


Meet Your Teacher

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Jennifer Moorhead

Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur



My purpose in life is to share and 'give' my art knowledge to you.  I am confident I can teach you to develop and 'find' your creative artistic 'gift' through my unique fine art teaching methods. 

I incorporate the same fine art methods that I taught in college for over 34 years yet I modify the art exercises as fast-paced, easy to understand, and simple to create. The exercises are all 'hands-on'. This allows you to really explore and experiment with the art methods...while having fun! 


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1. Welcome, an introduction: Hello. I'm Jennifer Morehead. So happy you're here to take this class about doing them had portrait of your amazing pet. We're gonna be doing this in a curling. My belief is anyone learn about art. You just need to know the skills. And I'm here to share those with you my classes for a beginner and step by step. It will be such a creative journey. And you'll be so thrilled with what? You're gonna end up with your wonderful fortunes. I love animals. I love painting. And I loved Teacher. Right after this, we'll tell you about the art interior and a little bit about what the class will be. A ground, the skills because a little bit about myself. I'm a former professor, professional artist and entrepreneur. Come on, enjoy your thing out. Materials for this class are pretty basic. You'll need it. Can Vasily 16 by 20 photographs. Your pet acrylic paints. Just a basic set. Some acrylic brushes glossed me the environment. Sha water container paper. Tello's appellate black magic marker. A couple sheets of paper in a color wheel. Here. The skills would be learning in my class. We're going to start out learning techniques have taken a really good photograph, your pet and what's gonna make a good photograph for your painting. Next to be learning color schemes and mixing colors, he'll be drawing your pet right onto the canvas and learning about proportions. I don't want you to have any fear in this class because there's no such thing as talent. Everybody's creative and they're just skills to learn. And I'm here to teach you all those skills. As I said before, I've added something really special to this particular class. This I have these bonus segments, So if you wanted to learn a little bit more about drawing, I have a drawing section for the dogs so you can go back and refer to that. Also, I have a lot of other classes that intertwined with things that I teach. What makes this pet portrait class very unique? It's. We add surroundings for your pet to be in learning the skills and art takes practice. I don't call it practice. I call it experimentation because you need experiment in order to learn it and have fun through the experimentation of it. So there's not mistake, center mate, but is just this process and self fulfilling, wonderful joys thing of making art so common. Join in on the fun Can't wait to see in class. 2. Choosing your pet's photographs: choosing your pet photographs in this section, I'll be teaching you about choosing the right photographs to work from to make a great painting. The bottle be working from today is my beautiful adopted puppy. Bella, you wanna have your camera facing straight down to have the front view of your animal at the same level, Then you won't get the distortion of the head in the body bells, the sweetest puppy that I love. Bella's relaxed and I can catch your attention. Hey, sweetheart. But you, a little bit laugh. Flip it right. I like how she's placed. She looks relaxed, her eyes look clear. She's looking towards me. She has an alertness to her. The difficulty in this particular photograph is that I can't really see her paws very well . I have things in the way, so that's something to think about of make sure everything's clear and also look it for shortening with her left leg going towards me. The near her foot is, the larger it looks. Here's a close up view of that last photograph. I loved the eyes. I can see them very clear it and see the coloration of her eyes and also the highlights on her nose. So this is great to use over that we're gonna be choosing several photographs and pull them all together to make it work. Now I want to take some other photographs in details such as her eyes, so I can really get to see the shape of the eyes and the clarity of the eyeball and the pupil and the reflections off it and the coloration. So this is a pretty good photograph for that. This is a detail off her front paws, and then we have a detail of her back paws. So this helps me if there's any obstructions in the photographs that I've chosen and go in and pick these out and just take parts of it so I can see. Here's some photos of not two DUIs here. We haven't enlargement of her nose just because we're so close up our lens can't really change itself to equate itself out. Sometimes you see these in paintings, and if this is something that you really like doing, why not? We have another one here of a different view of her. Her nose looks extremely long, so it just, you know, really think about it might be a really cute photograph, but in a painting and will look kind of odd. So they're just things to avoid such us here. Her face looks great, but then you see the bright side of her body and really hard to paint that in. We have shadows coming across could be a nice added effect, but if it's there and you're not wanting it, it's gonna be very disturbing to try to get in certain areas. You might not be able to see the outlining the details of the confirmation of the dog. Your spell enjoying one of her toys. That might be something you would like to include in your photograph for your painting, but really think about how the dogs interacting with it. The legs air really hard there, almost kind of wrapped around position of the bodies. So look around. I think it's a fun photograph, but for a painting kind of difficult and the background is extremely distracting, it'll be hard to paint from will be hard to look at the edges, so it's nice to have more of a solid background. I love this photo of Bella because she's so relaxed just the fact that goes into that ball formation. Here's a painting that's called sleeping Greyhounds that I did with the dog in that position. But I added another one. I think it made it more interesting composition altogether. The fun part about this project. Once you've painted your dog, you can put your dog in any type of surrounding or landscape. This is banks. It real interesting and fun to work with are going back to Juicy My final photo. I had her sitting really like the position that she was in here. I taken a few more and I came up with this. When I really like how her face looks, I like a position of her body. All the elements that I've discussed with you are working. The lighting is great. I can see everything. Her coloration is good. Have a solid background so I can see all the edging very clear. There are no distortions cause I've photographed her straight on and there are no obstacles that air hiding her foot or anything else. This one I'm going to be working with. And then I have the other photos that I've taken of the close ups to help me along the way , like to introduce you to my other dog. His name. Surat. He's a Bouvier des Flanders beautiful dog I want to share with you. If you're photographing a dog that's a black dog or darker dog, you really have to concern yourself with lighting. Siradze, Grey brindle. So on the right, That's Israel color. It's the lighting that makes it important because on the lapped, even though he's in front of a light background, he looks black and he's not. So it's how you're using your light effectively. Besides being an artist and our professor, I'm also an entrepreneur, and this is one of my businesses was called photography, which we took photographs of pets. Here we have one of the photographs that we've done, and this is a standard poodle. But how beautiful his coat is and the background certainly is very important. And one of the tips that I want to share with you about my business is that when we photographed pets, the best sliding to use was outdoor lighting. So I highly suggest if you have the opportunity is to do your outdoor lighting. Here we have to Lula Belle She's a beautiful sheets boo. She's owned by a friend of mine, Jen. I'll be painting her pet portrait also in this class. This will give those who view on opportunity see me demonstrate off how to paint dogs at her dark and light and also long hair, and she fits all those descriptions hope to see in the next section. 3. Choosing a background: in this section, we're gonna be choosing a background for pet portrait painting. My professional experience and dog portrait painting is that I owned a business called Crazy Dogs Studio. I'll be showing you a few slides of my work just to show you different ways that you can approach of how you want to do your portrait painting is there not to be shown that you have to do the exact style that I do? But I can help you with important tips and techniques that I found to be very successful within my paintings, that what made my painting's unique is that I did a full figure of the pet within an environment. And then I used a painterly style in there, and I played with colors and made it vibrant and fun. One thing I loved about this business is what I presented the painting to the client. They usually always cried because of excitement. They just loved it, and that's what I'm going to teach you is just to capture that essence of the pat. I believe that pets just have a wonderful spirit to them, and there's such a connection that you have with them and they make you happy. Is this one of my favorite ones? The dog's name is Baby, and she was just so needed was an adopted dog. They loved her so much, took her hiking all the time, loved the water. So think about what you're that loves to do. Is could be outside. It could just be inside. But I think having in the environment makes him extra special. Makes it your own unique piece. This my professional exhibited artwork, which is different from the porch it's I did for people. These airports I did for myself. This one's titled Van Gogh. You'll see him exhibited. I have a picture of him on the wall at the Advanta Center, and that's in my profile. So do check up my profile page cause in There's all the other classes that I'm teaching and I updated all the time, so it's kind of fun to look at. Here's another one that was in a juried exhibition. This one's called Akita. This painting 16 by 20 inches, and that's the one I had suggested for you to pay. Not it's a nice size and all the pains that I've shown you in this section have been that size. This one is only seven by nine inches. Not only is it done in acrylic paints, but I add a little bit of gold building that you can see around the face into the right of the painting that looks little shiny there. I love this because it's very simplistic, and that's something you can think about. You do less with strokes in there. It's still captures the essence of the personality. This is the last one in the series. This is of Surat. You see them earlier. This mind Bouvier. This is a large pieces 30 by 22 inches. It's on paper. It's charcoal on gold gilding. Just wanted to share this with you. This was in a national juried exhibition, but I really loved working with charcoal. If you'd like to understand form a little bit better, I have a class called drawing, the personal of your pet easy subtracted method and charcoal. That's a beginner class, very easy to do, and this is a helpful guide into drawing. I'm not excluding other animals. You could do your cat. This is my cat, Dexter. I have about five barn cats that level those guys to Ah, Horace or anything else you'd like to work with. But I'm really just directed myself with dogs right now with this class. It also has the same process that would be working with for painting this portrait. I hope you got great ideas for the paintings that I showed. You know, let's start working on your particular background. I've gone out and take it several photographs that I'm gonna work with. My painting of Bella. I've gone out in the backyard and because she loves that the most of all. So I've taken different shots and I like the landscape. I like it really far back. Taken one here with the tree. That might be nice for her sitting in front of that. Remember, the image of your pets gonna be very large. So you really don't do a lot of the composition of the background. You can really simplify, take things out. Here's her best friends that she has to see. Every morning she barks about it that eight o'clock were out there to see her friend Dudley . He's a lighter buckskin on the left handers. Not too sure about her, but this is kind of need to Ah, I might have put flowers on that and add more to this tree. But these are the ones I've selected. I've also taken the close of you because I know she's got to be a grass to really good idea . High want paint the grass. This background is for Jen. This is the one I'm going to use for Tula. This is great because she loves to take walks. That me one more than these air the colors that you really loves. So I'm gonna try to figure out how I'm gonna combine this and put this all together for her wonderful background for her pet. 4. Color and composition: color composition. We're gonna work on thumbnails to design and compose what we're going to be working with. We're gonna be figuring out how we're gonna do our background and the clothes that we're gonna work with. This is a great beginning to get all this put together before you start your painting. So you're not trying to read paint it all the time of making different choices. We're starting out with our thumbnails. Thumbnails are very quick sketches. Just to get an idea. If I compose your composition onto your painting, I have my dog already chosen. I had selected several of background, so I'm gonna try to see how they were. These were three things that I really like. So I'm going to see how they work. Withdraw the dog. And remember, she's gonna be the main seventh if I take this one and I think about these trees in the background filling up this space, I've got split up here, just started doctor knees and very quickly, and I'll kind of give you an idea I had I have a light source I have to think about also. So that's something we're gonna have my light source coming after my left hand side so that I have my shadows and everything working effectively. So my shadows would be coming across here. Not too sure. I like how this works. Maybe she was in the middle. So all of this is coming out. That almost looks out already. So I don't care for that. Not sure if I like how that works. If I had the horses, which I really enjoyed the horses in comparison to her would have to be really, really far back and placed in here if you get a little bit of background. But I gotta love this foreground in here. I'm not sure if I like that This isn't too bad by next one here is having this tree behind her and having the fence coming this way back here A little bit of background, like what's going on here? It has a nice flow to it. So I think I'm going to use this one. Just try different ones and do as many as you can be. Very careful. I have to look at this one because things are going out of her head and all of them doesn't over popper. So here We have everything worked out for our background. Our next step is choosing our colors already. I see these lines. Greens we have kind of yellow. Orange is already in our composition. So if I look at my color wheel, I see my yellow green right across the color wheel. Which color compliment is red, violent. And then we have our reds over here, So really working across the color will very strongly. So I'm pretty excited about that thes the colors that I selected. I'm gonna be using black and white. I'm going to be using burnt umber and raw sienna. Those are kind of very nice birth tones. I find a lot of these friends into it. I have a light yellow, medium yellow, medium red loser in crimson, and then for my cool colors, I have a lime green. I have a medium grade and also an ultra marine blue thes air. The colors Are we working to make sure you throws in the right colors, make a little color swatches with them, blend them together to see if there's going to be the colors that you really need to work with. That I will be talking about mixing these colors along the way, especially with bread and greens. You could make some really beautiful brown towns. Now, with Lula, she's gonna be walking. She's gonna be outside these to the colors that general work with. I like the brick versus the concrete because you can really play with the colors in there. So I like how this works with her in there. You don't want to lose herself in there. You could even come up here having some trees back here. I think that's really the only way that I see how this is gonna go unless you open it up party wide there. But you gotta think about how you want to do those trees smaller. I can make that arc in here. I think the better off I am getting something back in the background, in the trees, even go further back, bring those colors in. This is working much better. It really gives me a strong connection here. I like that. Even going up there with treason here. So, like this one, the best is the one I worked with with Tulloch's colors. I'm looking at more rosy reds, gente says yellows the terra cotta, the brick. And will those basically black a point on the war? Adul. More color to her. So if I look in my color wheel, I'm looking at my red violence and violets here, next to my yellow brain yellows. Again, this is a very dynamic composition because it's across color wheel. It will pop out really nice advancing and cool colors will be receiving. And then we'll have a really nice variation again, this complimentary color composition in this one. I'm not gonna be using my earth tones like my raw CNN burn number, but I will be using my black and white, and the additions I'm making to this is I'm using a color that's called Medium Magenta that will really make really nice violence. If you don't have that, the Lizard Crimson along with your altering blue will make beautiful violence. My blues will be a little bit different. I'm gonna get some warm blues in there. That surreal again on the cobalt blues and everything else will be pretty much the same. If you're new to color, it needs a little more help. I have a class called Capture the personnel in pastels draw portrait of a person. In there, you'll find a section on color theory that really explains color more thoroughly. 5. Tallulah - drawing directly on canvas: in this section, I'll be painting to Lula, drawing directly on the canvas with paint. I'm showing you, my Candace, that a staples on the back of it, not on the side cause we're gonna be painting the edges of the canvas. You don't have to frame it. I'm starting out here with the red. You can use any color you want to, and I'm just basically laying down a very, very simple shapes and making it very large onto my canvas. Notice my borders around it are pretty well even. I want that figure of my pet to be right in the center. It's going to be the focal point and the most important part of this painting, once you've drawn your pet onto the canvas with the simple shapes and we're going to start looking and comparing the shapes to each other and getting the correct proportions going to be measuring just with my paintbrush, just basic measurements, and I'm going to start with a head the with the head, how many west of the head it will do. The length of the body, the height of the head and how many of heights of the head to the height of the dog. This will give me a general feeling proportion for the dog again. This is going to be a very fun process. It's not going to have to be exact. I flipped my canvas upside down, I removed the red, but enough that I can still see it. And I'm going to choose a different color. So I'm choosing blue. The reason for this is when you look at it upside down, you begin to look at the shapes very abstractly. You're not looking at your pet. You're looking at shape. This will help you draw it much better at any point. You're frustrated with the drawing process of this. Please refer to bonus one and bonus one. I've drawn Bella full figure, full size to the canvas, and them in Midway. I critique it so it's kind of real interesting. - After you complete the process, just flip it back. I'm mixing blue and red together to make a violets. It's a little bit deeper color. Therefore, I'm gonna go right on top of all of this. It's like continually paint on this. I'll go back and keep re measuring it and keep making changes to it. It's a painting that evolves. It's fun, isn't it, this atomic to use my rags or paper toll, and I can wipe things down if I need to make changes. 6. Layering paints: in this segment of the class, we're gonna be implying layers. So we're gonna be layering in acrylics. Just a quick tip with working with acrylics. They do dry out. Just put a little bit down at a time. You can always add to it. Now, as we're mixing it together, I'm keeping them. Violet, that I had before still makes in the paints, and I'm going to be putting in the dark's notice. I'm using a larger paintbrush so I can apply this in large, thick strokes up into knowledge. Just been using water, a little bit of varnish to loosen up the viscosity of the paint. You wanted to become a little bit thinners. You're working with it, so it's a lot easier to move it around right now. For the rest of the time, I'm gonna be primarily using the varnish straight to mix with my paints. The reason for this it keeps the clarity of the paint. It doesn't dull it out or make it cloudy, but it keeps the wonderful intensity of the pain color, and this with the layering added to it. At the very end, your painting you'll have ah richness of color I got these little containers at, like the dollar store. Have lids on it. Think it's great to keep my varnish in. Here's a tip to creating very rich browns. Your red, yellow and blue, which are your primary colors mixed together, make browns. So any time I'm wanting something rich in coloration such as in the Red, I'm adding green to it, which is the opposite color, and the greed is actually a mixture of blue and yellow. So it's mixing all those three together. Notice the beautiful color I can attain by mixing these colors together. - If you notice I don't have a lot of colors that I start with, I start with very few. Right now I'm Annie, a little bit of white to the colors I already had, and now I'm going to be doing some highlights on the dog to create Foreman volume to the shapes. - I may be a lot more detailed to the contour of the pet. Now, don't forget to look at your negative spaces as well. That's a space that is not the dog with space around the dog that also takes on another shape 7. Painting your pet's amazing eyes: this section is painting her pets. Amazing eyes. Notice the colors I'm working with. I'm working with red, green and yellow with those colors. I'm making my Browns. So it's that red and green together, and I'm using the yellow to make it a little bit lighter in tone. So I'm going to be painting and trying to get is close enough to that color as I can. A little hand here is that I use a piece of paper and I'll paint a little swatch on that and then bring it up to the painting itself and see how it looks. It looks dark when I add some more yellows. Do it if it looks to life patting more red but agreed, and just small increments because they're gonna change very quickly. When I get close enough to it, I'll pay the whole shape of that particular. There are many yellow to that particular color. I'm gonna paint it into the eyes, not covering the whole color area that already painted but in sections, so it's gonna create a dimension. I'm painting in black around the eyes. This is where you really want to look at the shape of the eyes to be very consistent with it. With both eyes, the size of the pupils and also the size of the shape of the eye itself. There's gonna be some shadowy on the top of the I so that the eyes sets back. So be aware. The reason I start out petting the eyes before the rest the body because once you get the eyes painted in correctly, the rest is much easier. I've done paintings before that I worked all over and finished the eyes along with the body I found in the eyes. So workout really worked hard. All of that, and it just it's not piecing itself together. My special tip is get your eyes in and it looks like your pet. Then you're the rest is just sailing along the eyes air just no one color. So it's not gonna be one solid brown. So I'm gonna be painting in one layer and building up on what I do is do the base color first, that I'm gonna have more lights to it and start to add to that. I do have a bonus section that I've done with the eyes made a really large you could see all the colors that I'm doing because with this view, even though I enlarge and it's very hard to see if you'd like to state in more detail, then check out bonus, too. That's detail ng of the eyes. I actually did this one when I painted Bella, and we'll give you an idea of the colors that are building up. I painted this on paper. I mean it really large so that you could see the detail ing on it pretty clear. So if you need to really look at it closer, this would be a great thing to do. You taking my camera and taking a picture of my painting to give you a close up view in here, I have one very close now. You can see the different colors, variations that I placed in her eyes. 8. Texture 1: Your pet's coat: this segment is called Texture one. Your pets coat. We're gonna be painting to lulus coat. We're going to begin with adding more volume to the shape of the dog. I'm using a large print bush. I'm also using the color black mixed with blue gives me a nice, cool, dark color. I'm painting areas on the right side of the dog as well as where she's black. So it's doing two things at once, but this is starting to create volume. I want to start mixing colors to produce a highlight when I'm mixing together is a little bit of red and white with the dark mixture of the black in the blue. Any white to it A little bit. Two months I'm gonna tone it down with some yellow so much warmer. Look to it. No, I've got a cool in a warm, warm colors Advance, they go forward. Cool colors Go back. This will be a really rich colors for the undertones. I'm using straight black here. I makes a lot of varnish with it. I'm taking a smaller brush and I'm gonna be rolling that paint onto the brush and I'm going to be applying it By placing the brush down and gently sliding it across the canvas and picking it up, I'm gonna be actually painting out the strands of the hair. If you're thinking that my dog does not have long hair, this might not apply to you have made a bonus for those of you have pets with short hair. I have Bell of that I had done in bonus three, which is texture short hair coats. It's a shorter version. It doesn't go all the way through. So you need to really view this portion as well. If you notice I'm taking my brush, putting it down and flicking it back up. And Nick makes a really nice wispy line. I'm going back, adding that medium tone I had used before, and I'm going to be applying it. Is this a close up? I know it doesn't look much here, but it's going to now I'm going back to the black. - I'm going back to that other tone. You can see that my palate. This is the process of layering. See all the colors now, but we're building up on top of that, but it's really gonna make a richness to your coloration of your pet 9. Texture 2: this section is called texture to work and continue working and building up these layers on your wonderful pets. Kout. You'll notice I'll be taking my brush and and getting the excess off. So I have a finer line is on painting in this section, primarily going to be trying to finish out the face. I'm putting together some white and a little bit of mixture of the pain colored, and I'm gonna be painting that right now. - I'm gonna start painting the nose, and I have kind of a gray tone in there, and I'm just placing where the highlights are in the nose. If you'll notice the nostrils are very dark and large, even in symmetrical on either side. I have a close up view getting an idea there. Just a few markings that I make to do the nose in times of adjusting did quickly wipe off a color, used my fingers, so don't be afraid of Dutch cameras. It's painting. If I over paint with the grey, I can always come back with the black, which will do here to even it out in this detail. It's pretty exciting. Now you can really see the pet starting t evolved. Adding these layers certainly adds to mention Here's an important tip. I've been painting in one direction with the white around the nose. I'm coming back in with black coming the reverse way. So I'm making some wonderful edges in there, - campaigning in light grey, the paint still wet from all the marks on making some going straight through with this one . Good part about that. When you're working wet on wet, that other color will blend into it. Try not to overwork it, though. Now manning straight white to my paintbrush and notice my strokes. They're not going right directly over, but they're making a little bit different directions, so it's adding the top layer to this. Now I'm adding black. - Isn't she cute? Isn't this a fun, fun project? 10. Texture 3: in this section of texture, three will be finishing up the coat of your pet. I'm sure you're excited to see that cause we just been kind of working on the head. But the great part about it, we have all our proportions in. I'm going to start out with a filbert paintbrush because the filbert paint brushes you can see is a very long brush has a flat end to it. You're flat. Brush also is the flat end, but it's a shorter brush with the filbert. I can add a lot more color to it, and I can really pack on the paint, and I can make really nice, solid whisper color. See how nice the wispy strokes are that I just made comporting the gloss varnish right into the pain. I wanted to get a very loose quality of the pain, so that has a little more translucency to it, taking my white paint going right on top of the dark colors that I just painted. And it's blending and beautifully. These are nice, creative, painterly strokes. - The color I'm applying right now to the portrait is the mixture of white, black and blue, which makes a blue gray. This is a medium tone than adding to the pet. Be placing it on the right side of the body, adding more dimension. 11. Painting the background: this section is painting the background. You have so many choices that you can do with this. You could leave it playing back there If you want to, you can have your pet inside or outside. You already know what I'm going to be doing with to Lula. So I have my photographs that I'm placing out and I'm going to start painting and I'm going to paint all the background as fast I can in there so that everything that's white will be taken out this way. I can relate to color to color. I'm starting out with my medium green paint on all around with the green area is going to be using the straight varnish, hitting it with a nice thick strokes just a block in the color. I'm just using wispy strokes right into the for Don't worry about if you over paying into it, because we're going to go back in our detail ing and add the for back on top of it. - This is a time to remember if you don't want to frame it, and you just want to use your painting with the sides painted on it, which I think it looks great is this is the type that's our painting It with that pain is really there. It's hard to go back and match all the pain when you go all the way around it at the end. So as you're going to slipped it up and paint that edge to it doesn't have to be perfect. But we just match up the color of what you're using on the front. You'll be happy to have your thumbnail sketch already done, because now I only have to do is use my thumbnail sketch to look at so I can place in my walkway and where I'm gonna be putting the grass in the background. I'm mixing my terra cotta color together red green, a little bit of yellow and a little bit of white. I take a little bit of that color and dotted into the eye because the eyes going to reflect colors around it, so this will enhance the purity of the color of the ice. I want to add a little bit of dimension right now, so I'm looking at the shadows as well as the background of where I want to play some darks at any time that you feel you, you're questioning things. You can post your image of your pet portrait into the project gallery and have any view it that I can give you helpful suggestions of where you need to add things or delete things so that it will make a really successful painting for you. My first layer of my terra cotta color was pretty dark, and I wanted it that way. And I'm gonna lighten up and leave some variances of that color showing through an important tip to creating your painting to have harmony and cohesion to it. It is when you're painting a color, place it all over the campus and little spots. I'm placing like green but leaving those dark areas showing through to give a dimension for my grass. - After I place my lines around the brick work, I then applied a terra cotta color and placed it right between that, I'm not really conservative. Exactness to the landscapes are manning colors colors so that I'm choosing and playing with stock up kind of a pink color going there and will probably change into other colors, experiment and have fun. I'm in a little bit of blues a little bit darker, some any more weight to the dog having the darkness underneath her paws. My weight, I mean it stabilizes her onto the ground, into my landscape. Otherwise, it looks like she's floating, putting in some tree trunks and just bringing in some lines and filling up the space. I'm putting a that lime green back there. I think it really looks. Need colors I'm going to use up. There will be pinks, that magenta colors and yellows going to put in a medium tone up there, which is a medium violet tone. 12. Painting details: the section is called Painting details. We have one more after this and then it will be completed. I've increase the speed on on these. You already know the strokes that I'm doing pretty much is adding particular colors. Otherwise, this is extremely long, and here I will really wanted to keep your interest and really see what I'm doing. That's kind of fun having it this way as well. Here I'm completing the head, really putting in the ears, starting out with the just a medium grey. Looking at my photograph, I noticed the negative space where the Taylors curled. It's a much smaller space and I have painted, so I'm going to fill it in more and make the tail wider. This type of painting I love. It's like action painting. Go for it, really enjoy and make wonderful strokes with your paintbrush. - I'm filling in the paw areas and going under the chest. That's why you didn't have to worry about painting in tooks on painting right over it and leaving nice wispy lines in there. I'm using my filbert brush. I really like this drugs and using the side of it. So really, I really like it. I have this lilac color and I'm painting all over with it. - See in the next section to finish our wonderful painting. 13. Final painting details: This is the final section, and it's called Final painting details. I'm reiterating the fast pace, as I did in the last section. I really want you to see the whole process before your eyes, and I'm gonna be starting out with Violet and I'm and a little more red to its as a red violet. Try not to juice too many colors because we talked about it before with your color composition, because you want to get very harmonious with your colors. Competiting a deeper value of the violet. I'm still wanting a lumber wait to tell Lula and also the shadow. - I'm penny in the lighter tan terra cotta color, and they're leaving those areas of where the bricks would meet up. Also, I'm going over some of the violet areas to its went on. What sort of mix it in? Quite well. - I'm creating a lot of variations of green, and I'm adding other colors to it for tones versus value changes. I wanted to have a rich look to it. If I had a lot of black to it, it'll dull itself out going back to that overall painting. Look, I'm taking some of that terracotta color and pushing it way back into the trees so those trees don't feel apart from the painting, so this will pull it all together. Now I'm introducing the magenta colors. Remember the color that I chose that medium magenta at a little bit of white to it. So these air the colors that Gen had liked, and I'm incorporating it into the painting. I first started out that medium tone in there. I'm still leaving it in areas so that it's creating volume into those tree formations a penny, these beautiful variations of color on top of each other but leaving areas open so that you can see the volume being created here. You have a rises line you're painting. Make sure it's level and clean it up in the bag. That's what I'm doing now. I'm in in a darker value of the blue violet just in the shadow area. I'm gonna add a bit a little bit of white to this, and then I can add a little bit to the left hand side. Just a counterbalance what I have with the orange on the right. Now, as an artist, you have the choice to know when to quit, and you should have that feeling. Okay, This it's looking great. And then stop the good time. Also, to pick up the painting and hanging up on the wall, stand back and start to look at it and self critique. It feels right. I'm done. 14. Final thoughts: I hope you enjoy the class. I sure did. Don't forget to put your project in the project gallery until you're painting. Dis turned out terrific. I'm sure you're so excited about it. But you built a confidence up knowing that you don't have to have this special talent to make art. Just need to know the skills to produce our and it is just a joy. Follow me on skill share, and then you'll be notified of my new classes that are coming in so you could take more classes, keep painting, keep drawing, having fun. And also, if you have any ideas that you'd like to learn, let me know. Keep me informed, you know, stay in contact with me. I just can't wait to see again because I think once you could start with this, it just great, right? If this is, I have a few paintings to someone to share with. You still of animals a little bit different and format and style. So you can just still learn and observe and look at art. And after this segment, I have my three bonuses If you haven't looked him and yet this time that she could can't wait to see you again. 15. BONUS 1: Drawing your pet: this bonuses about drawing your pet. This might make you feel that ease of drawing the pet before you actually drawn to the canvas I've included in here. The midway is critiquing. You work really looking at it and how you can modify and make it better. It's a really interesting bonus. So I hope you enjoy it. Gonna begin drawing the dog first to get an idea of how we can position the dog onto the canvas. I've drawn out these margins of the size of my canvas, so I'm going to be drawing this on the paper. Then I'm gonna draw on campus with paint. I could begin drawing the axis of the dog here. I'm going to go down the body. This way. My face will be here. I'm going down the access this way coming across here. This will give you an idea that I could work with to build up proportions. I'm keeping the dog pretty well centered because it's the portrait. So this could be the most important thing in the background will be after we've done the portrait just to pull it all together. I like standing mind draw because I have more our movement, and I'm going to start looking at the dog. That's why I have a close ups. Really Great. Yeah. Just start placing a dog right here. Notice. I'm just really taking shapes, doing a very gestural where they're doing it. I could come back and do stronger lines, these air, soft lines, moving lines and I start noticing the curve of the back. That's it's not straight. But it's now this with we have always measure across. For instance, I'm gonna come here and I'm gonna start in this leg. I'm gonna look at the negative space in here. See this part over balance come here. Knows is about right here. Nos. All right. You could see that's almost like a try and go for the years. Look at everything is in shapes. Do geometric shapes. That's your building up. Then we'll go back and measure it out to make sure that the proportions air. What you do is follow the edge. Look at negative space in between. Most of spacing in here very little. This will be there will be in here. How much curve the tail with here. What's coming out here? One coming out here here. I placed the image of my dog that I just drawn and the photograph of Bella. Now start analyzing it by the access, the shapes, the negative space, your proportions that you created. Just take a moment and look at that. First thing I noticed was Bella's head. If you look at Bella's head in the photograph, her face is towards the right. A little bit on mine. Drawing is going to the left a little bit. So the access is wrong. That's something I'm need to change. The next thing I notice are her legs. Her legs are a little bit too wide. Therefore they need to be thinner. And the last thing yes, I noticed in my drawing is her back left leg is drawn to large. - Take a moment. Just look at the face. The eyes of looking between the width of the eyes. So they're placed right. I'm looking at the shape a little bit better than neck coming down, looking at at that negative space long there. Then the legs out, feeling proportion this much better. And then that negative shape right in there seems to be working quite well. And with I hope you enjoy this bonus and it was rewarding to you. If you like to draw Disa's Muchas I do I have another class. This class is called Capture the personality of your Pet Draw Customized portrait. 16. BONUS 2: Detail of painting the eyes: this is bonus to This is a detail of painting the eyes in here. I start out with the colors red, green, yellow and a burnt umber and a yellow Oakar. And I'll also be adding black and a lizard. Crenson I'm going too fast for this because it cried along version. But I'm sure you'll be able to see my process along the way. I'm working on a large sheet of paper, so I make it very large. So you're able to see the details and the coloration of what I'm mixing together. Hope you really enjoy this. - I hope you enjoy this. If you have any questions at any time, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help you. 17. BONUS3:Texture: Bella - Pets with short hair: this section is bonus three. This bonus three is for people that have dogs that are short haired, like retrievers and German shepherds. It's similar to what we do with Jalula, so definitely view that one. And then I just wanted to share with you certain things that you would do a short haired dogs. I fast forwarded this as I don't on the other ones. I'm starting out with my altering blue and a lizard crimson. I'm going to be using my okra tones throughout and a combination of other colors the same approaches in that color blocking area using my filbert brush. Here we have a version of the painting almost finished with Bella. I do outline her in black because she's thinner and it really gives a nice counter to her physique. I really like how that looks. I didn't clue the background that I had chosen before, and I think it's working out quite well. I'm just gonna go in, induce a few things to it to complete. This painting is her head. It almost rests on that horizontal line. It feels like just waits on there and also to the right of her. How the fences. I turned my canvas sideways because it's easier for me to paint pulling my brush downward. I could make a a straighter line, and then I'm going to come in and use my ruler just to make sure that it's completely straight because it looks a lot better. If you're horizontal, line is straight. It gets a little more clarity to your painting. I'm matching up the color that I had used. Also in that background. I'm taking that same color, and I'm putting into my fence that's working out lice because it's making it received more , and I'm giving a little more weight to the dog, so I'm painting underneath, giving more shadows. Here's my happy puppy. Bella in her favorite place, I po pure enjoyed this, and I can't wait to see her painting. Please put in the Project gallery. If you really enjoy acrylic painting, I have another class called painting with acrylics. Learn simple, painterly strokes to create rocks and water