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sigmadog
May 19th, 2019, 08:43 PM
Here's a screen-capture video of me painting a portrait of my Bernese Mtn. Dog, Beorn.

Lately, I've gotten into the habit of laying down a bright color as the background and working on top of it. I like doing so because 1) it helps eliminate that big bad white empty space and 2) bits and pieces of that background color will likely remain uncovered in the final image, creating a bit of "sparkle" to the image.

I finally found a good video capture software and - most importantly - adjusted my computer's settings to make the process easier, so I'm doing more videos of my work, which I will post here whenever I can.

enjoy…


https://youtu.be/Ij3xo3Vy-7A

PiP
May 19th, 2019, 09:37 PM
WOW!!!! That's amazing!

Ma'am
May 19th, 2019, 09:47 PM
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

sigmadog
May 30th, 2019, 04:36 AM
Here's another portrait I did a couple weeks ago of three dogs.


https://youtu.be/1W2GR_1mPiM

Aquilo
May 30th, 2019, 11:48 AM
Wow!!!!!!

Gentleman Rat
September 16th, 2019, 08:54 PM
Wow, you must have been doing that for decades.

sigmadog
September 17th, 2019, 05:02 AM
Wow, you must have been doing that for decades.

One painting? Decades! I'd never make any money.

Ha! Well, I've been drawing and painting since I was a wee lad. I'm no longer very wee, and I've spent the last 35+ years in graphic design and illustration. Now, I'm sliding towards retirement and hoping to tap into the "lucrative" pet portrait market to keep myself busy and my dogs in biscuits.

Thanks for watching!

sigmadog
September 19th, 2019, 12:37 AM
Here's one I was going to post earlier this summer but forgot. This is Boris, our 110 pound Black Lab / Mastiff cross.

Sadly, we had to put Boris down a couple weeks ago due to heart disease. Right now, it's hard to look at my photos and paintings of him and not get choked up.

In time, I'm sure these images will instead make me smile. He was a good dog, and a sweet friend.

The painting took about four hours (I spent a bit of time dithering, changing colors and such in the middle) and it's condensed down to 4 minutes.


https://youtu.be/-K4TPPr287k

Gumby
September 19th, 2019, 01:10 AM
Beautiful! Reminds me of our black lab, Roscoe. We had to put him down last year. It still hurts.

sigmadog
May 21st, 2020, 03:56 AM
Here's a screen capture video of a recent commission. I included some captions to explain the process I went through for this painting.

Software used:

screen capture: Snagit
digital painting: Corel Painter
video editing: Adobe Premiere
captions: Adobe Illustrator
music: Apple Logic



https://youtu.be/LAKoSj-QMHI

Ma'am
May 21st, 2020, 04:51 AM
These are amazing!

sigmadog
July 1st, 2020, 05:32 AM
A local pet expo held a Cutest Pet Photo contest and asked me if I would help out by narrowing the field to the ten best and painting a portrait of the winner in exchange for co-sponsorship of the event.

Well, of course the virus forced cancellation of the expo, but the contest went on. Here's me painting the winner.


https://youtu.be/D_2oUTLUdxw

sigmadog
July 19th, 2020, 12:38 AM
Even though this isn't a video, it's still a worthy sample, recently finished.

One of the reference photos I was given had Diesel sitting in a wheat field. The photo was dark and the wheat was new spring growth, and very green. I liked the wheat field idea, but the photo itself was poor.

There was another photo of Diesel in a car looking out the window that was strongly lit, it was too bright, but the pose was good.

There was a third photo of Diesel laying on a car seat. The pose wasn't good, but the lighting was nice and even which gave me a good idea of her coloration.

So I modeled the sunny shot and put her in a summer wheat field, and referred to the middle tone image for ideas on coloration.

That's the process I went through on this portrait. It was a lengthy process, with a couple stops and starts, but you can't argue with the final result.

Diesel (16x20 digital)

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sigmadog
September 16th, 2020, 12:44 AM
Here's a quick portrait of a Leonberger. I did this just for fun because I love the breed.

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Gumby
September 16th, 2020, 01:12 AM
I love these! I am a dog lover, all my life and these are so great, the way you've captured the spirit of these dogs is unreal! The life in their eyes and expression is just awesome.

sigmadog
September 16th, 2020, 03:06 AM
I love these! I am a dog lover, all my life and these are so great, the way you've captured the spirit of these dogs is unreal! The life in their eyes and expression is just awesome.

Thank you! I always put lots of emphasis on the eyes, as that's the emotional center of where we connect with our pets.

Lee Messer
September 16th, 2020, 04:56 AM
Here's a screen capture video of a recent commission. I included some captions to explain the process I went through for this painting.

Software used:

screen capture: Snagit
digital painting: Corel Painter
video editing: Adobe Premiere
captions: Adobe Illustrator
music: Apple Logic



https://youtu.be/LAKoSj-QMHI

It would happen sooner or later, but I'll bite. Can you illustrate a book? What kind of book would you be willing to illustrate in this way? Many of us here are first timers. I personally would like to see what genres you could do. Just sayin without being self-centered. I really don't know what you would/could do for any of us. I just thought it the obvious question. I mean, you could make some money if this quality came with a profound message. Something powerful to drive home this image... maybe even poetry. An anthology of poems about animals? pets?

I'm trying to help this community just like everyone else, right? I see great potential here.

-xXx-
September 16th, 2020, 01:54 PM
It would happen sooner or later, but I'll bite. Can you illustrate a book? What kind of book would you be willing to illustrate in this way? Many of us here are first timers. I personally would like to see what genres you could do. Just sayin without being self-centered. I really don't know what you would/could do for any of us. I just thought it the obvious question. I mean, you could make some money if this quality came with a profound message. Something powerful to drive home this image... maybe even poetry. An anthology of poems about animals? pets?

I'm trying to help this community just like everyone else, right? I see great potential here.

excellent banner!
excellent challenge images!

quite inspiring, consistently...
jussayin',
;)

sigmadog
September 16th, 2020, 03:41 PM
It would happen sooner or later, but I'll bite. Can you illustrate a book? What kind of book would you be willing to illustrate in this way? Many of us here are first timers. I personally would like to see what genres you could do. Just sayin without being self-centered. I really don't know what you would/could do for any of us. I just thought it the obvious question. I mean, you could make some money if this quality came with a profound message. Something powerful to drive home this image... maybe even poetry. An anthology of poems about animals? pets?

I'm trying to help this community just like everyone else, right? I see great potential here.

You've given me a lot to respond to…

First, I'm always interested in discussing work for hire (whether book illustration, cover design, etc.), though the main point of this thread was simply to showcase my pet portrait work, because I love doing them.

As to style, you can see I do realistic work for my portraits, but I've played with other styles and media over the years (check out this forum's Challenge Banners every month - I always try to mix up the looks on those).

Combining words and pictures? That's what got me into my graphic design career 35 years ago. I love the challenge of combining art with words.

The powers that be here on Writing Forums have been gracious enough to allow me some ad space, so you can click on either my banner ad at the top, the sidebar on the right, or even my signature line below to visit my site and view my portfolio where I have plenty of samples of work through the years.

But in the mean time, I'm going to get back to work on a very new and obscure breed of dog, it's a cross between a Golden Doodle and a Velociraptor, called a Veloci-Doodle.

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LadySilence
September 16th, 2020, 04:14 PM
Wow is Fabulous! Compliments!

sigmadog
October 30th, 2020, 12:29 AM
For our anniversary last month, I painted a large portrait of Beorn, our Bernese Mountain Dog. The Missus loved it.

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