Watercolour paint works well even when the fur is mostly black. I always start with the eyes when painting a dog portrait because this is where their character is most expressive in their face. The sun reflection off the black helps to add lighter contrast to the black fur. Including a dog collar often helps too to add balance to a head portrait for dogs, but in this example he didn't have one.
A watercolour painting of an old Almshouse I painted in Sheffield, England.
I always enjoy painting older buildings made from weathered sandstone blocks and slate roofs as with this one here because all of the elements can be individually painted; very time consuming but I like the results. This painting has the perspective at a slight angle rather than face-on which helps to add interest and depth.
A watercolour portrait of a Labrador Retriever. His name was Dillon and we decided to include this on his name tag. When ordering a custom portrait please let me know if you want items like the dog collar or name tag including or not.
A pencil portrait drawing of a young couple. The original photo was a good one to work from because it was already a well chosen composition and the details were very clear. The very dark tones of the clothing and hair were achieved with a soft 8B graphite pencil. The skin tones with a combination of harder (light) pencils and find graphite powder brushed on with a tortillon and a cotton wool pad.