Another Dog Portrait…

August 4, 2021
Brush pen and watercolor in a handbound journal (7.5 x 7.5 inches, here turned vertically to use the whole spread) made with the OLD Gutenberg paper.

As we leave July and my Patreon discussions about dog portraits I simply wanted to make a case, through one more portrait, about contrast.

It’s vital, it draws the eye, it’s fun to build up. 

Here’s a sketch from 2018. I liked the textures (and suggested textures) so much that all I wanted was a solid background—so out came the Raspberry Montana Marker.

I hope you’ll play with contrast in you portraits. How can it lead the eye, how can it focus the viewer’s attention. Where are your darkest darks and your lightest lights?

Something to keep playing with each time you sketch.

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