Dog Illustration - Balú

Dog Illustration - Balú - student project

Hello there!

Here's the process of the illustration I created for this class.

 

Step 1: Choosing a Reference Photo

This is the picture I chose to use it as a reference photo. 

By the way, this awesome dog is Balú. He's my lovely cousin dog and he's gorgeous! 

He's usually very chilled and loving. He loves going to the beach to run, play with the waves and make holes in the sand.

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 1 - student project

Step 2: Base Drawing

Here's my base drawing before painting the illustration. I drawed it by looking at the reference photo. Printing the reference photo in white and black helped me a lot in the drawing stage.

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 2 - student project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Creating Colors

Mixing colors and testing them on a piece of watercolor paper. The goal was preparing the few main colors that I would need in the final illustration.

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 3 - student project

 Step 4: Painting the illustration

These are some pictures during the painting process.

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 4 - student project

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And here I added some texture and final details with white opaque watercolor and colored pencils. Then I created an easy and neutral background:

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 8 - student project

I framed the original illustration for my cousin :)

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 9 - student project

 

And I also scanned the original illustration so I can use it in other projects...

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Some fun use examples!


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I can't wait to see your illustration project! :)

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NEW UPDATE!:

Hi there lovely people,

I painted some more doggies using the same process and tecnnique, so I thought it would be nice to share them here as extra examples. I hope you like them!

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 13 - student project

 

Dog Illustration - Balú - image 14 - student project

 

 

 

Elisa Ferreira
Illustrator | Creator of Lisa's Balcony
Teacher