I was given some beautiful photographs of Star which allowed the Commissionee to upgrade her order from a 12" x 16" to a 16" x 20" size due to the quality of the images. A tonal background was chosen to avoid overpowering Star. There will be lots of fine detail which will allow for great impact once complete.
MEDIUM: Acrylics on board
Follow progress of Star's portrait
Firstly the background is roughly applied and the base layers are laid down on the dog. This is followed up by defining the background a little more and Star's fur is then defined starting with the face. I worked on the right side whilst keeping the left side loose to use as a sample guide showing how details are built up.
The rest of the body is then defined before going back to the background and refining this.