Two weeks ago I showed you a dog portrait in progress. At that time I was working on the underpainting for this portrait of Molly, a very lovely Newfoundland Mastiff. You can see some of the stages of the underpainting phase below.
I met Molly and took photographs of her before starting this digital painting. She was a calm subject and I was able to get some nice clear images of her. I used dark purples to represent Molly’s mostly black coat, gradually going a very slight shade lighter with each new level of highlight.
Since then I added texture and movement in the hairs, and worked on blending the colors of the eyes.
My printer Mark Peterson (who is also a talented urban photographer) showed me how to set up my Apple monitor to color sync with his printer. This allows me to determine in advance which “rendering intent” I prefer.
To explain it simply, there are four options of rendering intents, each one having its own effect on the coloring. One might accentuate the blue tones in the purples, while another might bring out the red tones in those same purples. That’s exactly what happened in this case, and I chose the more blue rendering of the purples. Set against the blue background, the inherent reds in the purple already come forward naturally and I didn’t want to make them appear rosy. The final image, to me, has a good balance of warm and cool tones.
Here’s more about Newfoundland Mastiffs.
Here’s my previous post about this particular work in progress.
See more of my animal portraits here.
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