• Kevin Roeckl

Moto and Candy portrait in progress 5

The progression of how I worked on Candy’s face today. Six steps.

Read the captions to see what I was doing.

This represents one day’s work in the studio.


These pics aren’t great - taken in the studio with my phone while I was working. I don’t like to stop my workflow to scan the artwork - it’s time-consuming. But I did want to share these steps with you.


1)

What is the shape of a dog nose?

I just follow the shapes I see in the photo.

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman, in progress

2)

Finished filling in the black part of her face down to her nose…

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman, in progress

3)

Then I start on the rust portion.

Her chin goes in first.

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman, in progress

4)

First I had to put in the side of her neck so I could find the outside edge of her muzzle.

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman, in progress

5)

The left side of her muzzle (the “rust” area) finished…

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman, in progress

6)

Now her whole face is finished.

This is a high-quality scan I made when I finished working in the studio for the day.


You may find it interesting that Candy is a black Doberman but there is very little black in this portrait so far.

Colored pencil head study portrait of black Doberman, in progress

This is what my pencils look like as I’m working.

These are the colors I’m using for Candy’s face.


My trusty electric pencil-sharpener is just to the right. I use it constantly to keep those points sharp for the individual hairs on a dog's face.

Colored pencil portrait of black Doberman with Prismacolor colored pencils

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