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Pet Portraits


Marika

7 months ago

This illustration was commissioned in 2021 in remembrance of a client's partner's cat, who sadly passed earlier in the year.

As with my other pet portraits, I began this process by searching for pose and lighting references online. Once I found a decent pose to reference, with the goal of prominently displaying the cat's unique back spot, I began sketching in Clip Studio Paint Pro. After reaching a decent sketch, I created several colour and lighting options for the client, which then served as a point to adjust until reaching a final colour and shading base. From there, I began painting using fur brushes by Tamberella and other assorted artists and brush makers.

Drawing a pose using a reference can lead to strange proportions, so during the painting process, I pulled the file into Photoshop to use the Liquify tool to reshape the face and make sure proportions matched more closely. After liquifying, I pulled the image back into CSP and continued painting.

The majority of the painting was done while streaming on Twitch.tv so that the client could watch.

SUPPLEMENTS


Tova

10 months ago

Tova, a wonderful whippet I had the pleasure of meeting in my youth.
This was a portrait for a childhood friend of mine after Tova's unfortunate passing in the mid 2010s.


Rabbit

10 months ago

A pet portrait of a rabbit whose name has sadly been lost to time.
This was a gift to a user on a forum I was on for much of the early 2010s.

This was painted by referencing a photograph they provided of their domestic rabbit, a French Lop.


Pippin

10 months ago

A gift memoir pet portrait of Pippin,
a cat once owned by an old friend of mine.


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