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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Carly portrait in progress 5

Outlining the edge of Carly’s dark nose so I can do the left side of her pale peach muzzle up to the nose edge. I will work to that edge with light colors. So I have to put in that crisp black edge first so I can see where to stop with the peach/gold/yellow. Because those light colors will be soft and fuzzy, to capture her soft muzzle. The crisp edge gives me a guide. If I put in the blurry strokes first, it will be harder for me to tell, then, where I should start her crisp black nose.

Portrait of  Golden Retriever dog in progress, with colored pencils

So much of creating a work of art is strategy. Some paintings require a lot of strategy, through many steps. What I just described is a small strategy, a single step in a small part of the painting.

Look at all the colors I’m putting into her nose!

Close-up of dog's nose in Head Study portrait in progress
I’m working my way across the nose from left to right.
This is how Carly’s portrait looked when I finished work for the day in the studio.
Colored pencil portrait of  Golden Retriever Service Dog, in progress

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