THE CREATION PROCESS
The first stage of this Acrylic painting is to lay down a dark wash to ensure highlights can be layered correctly. Warm undertones are placed and pink tones have been applied to the left ear. A texture is applied to the background which will be kept relatively neutral so as not to detract from Murphie herself. Base layers are laid down keeping perspectives in check throughout and will be followed by refining of these details later.
Once all the base layers are laid down and every single area of the support has been covered, I can then begin the finer details. I start at the bottom of the painting balancing out the white fur and the shadows for definition before working on Murphie's face, being black I have to ensure her features are not lost and so add in some washes of brown to balance colours. I then defined her eyes, tweaked details and then finally added her whiskers. I will finish with 2 layers of varnish all over before preparing her for her journey home.