Welcome to the second part of my exciting new series on painting dogs. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the first part HERE Part 1 where I introduced you to the captivating world of dogs’ eyes.
In this ongoing series, I’ll continue to share my insights and experiences on capturing the beauty and essence of our furry friends on canvas. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this guide is here to provide you with valuable tips and techniques that I’ve curated over the years. While it may not be the definitive handbook on painting dogs, it’s a resource that aims to inspire and support you on your artistic journey.
Now, let’s dive into the second part of our adventure and explore the step-by-step process of painting dogs. Grab your brushes and let’s get started!
Step by Step: Painting Dogs eye
- Begin by focusing on the dark parts of the eye, such as the eyelid, the exterior part of the iris, and the pupil. These areas often provide a strong contrast in the overall composition. Pure black is not normally used for this part. Instead, I recommend using a mixture of Burnt Umber Earth and Ultramarine Blue. I also use Payne Gray (which is a very dark gray with cold tones in its composition).
- Move on to painting the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the lacrimal area. While they may appear white at first glance, the sclera actually has a subtle pink hue that adds depth and realism to your artwork.
The iris of a dog’s eye is complex, displaying texture and subtle color changes. Avoid painting it with a flat color. Instead, pay attention to the intricate details and variations in tones.
- Work on adding highlights to your painting. Look for areas where light is reflected, such as the conjunctiva, the lacrimal area, and the pupil. These highlights bring life and dimension to the eyes
- Finally, paint the fur around the eye, making sure to follow the natural direction of hair growth. This detail adds realism and captures the unique characteristics of each dog’s coat.
I hope these step-by-step instructions and insights help you in your dog-painting journey. Don’t hesitate to share your questions, thoughts, and even your own paintings with me! Let’s learn and grow together.
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Stay tuned for the next part of our series, where we’ll explore more fascinating aspects of painting dogs. Until then, keep creating and let your artistic passion shine!
See you next time!
P.S. In case you missed it, make sure to check out the first part of this series where we discussed the importance of dogs’ eyes in capturing their essence on canvas. [HERE Part 1] It’s filled with valuable insights and tips that will enhance your understanding of painting dogs. Happy painting!