My friend Pam wanted a Christmas present for her friends here in Spain, they have 4 dogs and I think at least 3 are rescues!!!! So a lovely gift of all four was ordered, I am so used to people having digital cameras and taking multiple shots of the dogs they want in a painting, that when faced with the challenge of a limited amount, I was really struggling with the film photos I received. As these were not Pam's dogs she only had one chance to get the snaps and they were very dark around the eyes.
Now these little dogs are a real Heinz 57 mix, apart from the boxer so I couldn't even reference other images of same breeds.
The photos I got apart from the podenco (golden dog) were very difficult to see eyes and features. I scanned them and tweaked them as much as I could using photoshops shadow and highlights adjusting the midtone until I could make out a feint outline of the eyes. But the rest was a real challenge!
So here are some of the original photos and the work in progress and the final piece, (shhhhh I love the podenco best) The boxer was the hardest as he was looking down and I had no visual reference for the eyes.
So here are the original pics.......see what I mean?
So here is the work in progress, as you can see I hit a wall on the boxers eyes......time for a break!
And the final four in one piece, I really deliberated adding a wash background, but decided it would look crazy stopping and starting around the dogs so left plain and simple.
I hope they like it.......and they don't see my blog before Christmas.