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Portrait of Dylan

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A portrait of a black dog with partially finished gray background

Dylan. 14x11, oil on linen panel. 2014.

I finished working on this commissioned portrait of Dylan today. Like all black dog portraits this was difficult to get right: before starting I changed the curves of each primary color in the original photograph to give me a broader range of hues to use. I also did a full value monochrome block in to help support the darks.

Edit: I added a little more paint to the unpainted foreground areas.