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Cooper, Addie, and Rio portrait in progress 13

Now putting in the teeth with colored pencils on the grey paper. This is the third head study in Karen's portrait…Rio.

Close-up of head study of black Doberman in triple portrait of 3 SAR Dobermans, in progress

There is a lot of detail in Rio’s mouth…tongue, teeth, gums, and lips. I’m using a lot of pinks, mauves, dark peach, for that, as well as the usual assortment of browns and greys.

Colored pencil portrait of SAR Dobermans, in progress with pencils in Kevin's studio

The third of the 3 head-studies in this triple portrait....


“RIO”

Ch Nightbird’s Triton, CGC, SAR Wilderness Air Scent, SAR Human Remains Detection


As with each individual I portray, I ask the client to tell me about their loved one before I begin working on their face. Karen does a great job describing who each dog was. I’ve shared Cooper’s and Addie’s bios with you when I finished each of their head studies. This is Rio’s head finished. But there is also a depiction of Rio and Karen hugging (“Rio was a hugger”, Karen said) in this portrait. I will share Karen’s words about gentle, protective, devoted Rio, Champion and certified Search-and-Rescue dog, when I finish the “Rio hugging” figures.

Close-up of head study of black Doberman in triple portrait of 3 SAR Dobermans, in progress

One of the photos of Rio that Karen shared at the beginning when I asked for photos of her dogs.

“Rio SAR Training snowmobile transfer”.

Client's photo of SAR Doberman on a snowmobile

The portrait as it looks now with all three head studies finished.

I’ll start on the “Rio hugging” figures next.

Triple portrait of 3 Search-and-Rescue Dobermans, in progress

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