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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Lacy portrait in progress 13

I finished the neck of Lacy’s head study, fading downward into the river. I had to put the ripples around and “behind” it before I could do that. So it looks like it’s transparent over the river scene.


Now I’m adding the details on the ripples around standing-Lacy with colored pencil over the underpainting. Instead of just the flat color of the underpainting (like you see near the bottom of the artwork), the detail will bring the ripples to life, like water that is shiny and sparkling. When I add Lacy’s reflection in the water that will really make it realistic.


So many elements go into play to make a scene look just right!

A portion of a double portrait of a Doberman in a river scene, in progress

Colored pencil double portrait of a red Doberman in a river scene, in progress

Portrait of Lacy, for Betty Krachey.

Prismacolor pencil over watercolor underpainting on “Pearl” Canson paper.

20 x 26 inches

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