Custom Pet Portraits in Oil
Today’s featured custom painting is of a pet named Bailey. Bailey is an adorable little dog who is extremely friendly. He loves people and loves attention! (Who doesn’t, right?)
“In short, he’s energetic, outgoing, intelligent and playful.” Says his owner.
And thus, an oil painting depicting Bailey was put into motion.
Bailey’s fluffy coat and endearing puppy eyes lent itself well to a variety of techniques including playful linear brush work, and soft and hard edges.
Lost and Found Edges
In this detail shot you can see how the background actually works its color right into the left ear. Creating a soft “lost and found edge.”
Incorporate Lost and Found edges into your painting when applicable. It will enhance the viewers experience by allowing their eyes and imaginations to interact with your piece. Why spell everything out with outlines and hard edges. It’s not the way we see, or else our lives would look like we’re walking around in a coloring book.
I’ve also incorporated another form of a soft edge where a darker value is painted underneath, and then I softly painted lights on top to create an edge that’s pushed back in space.
Linear Brush Work
I love the energy a nice weighted line will bring to a painting. ’nuff said.
Question for you!
Where else do YOU see lost and found edges in this piece?