Pet Portrait of Bella, a Yellow Lab

Here's a screen-capture of a recent pet portrait commission of Bella, a lovely yellow lab. The actual portrait took about six hours, but I've compressed it all down to a nifty three and a half minutes. I composed a special musical background for this piece using Apple Logic music creation software (I'm a musical imbecile, but the program has tons of loops to play with).

The customer for this portrait found me via WilderWealthyWise, a blog I visit regularly (and you should too). I don't remember posting any comments about my pet portraits there, though John Wilder (the proprietor of the blog) may have linked to me in a post a while back. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant surprise to gain a commission that way.

As for the pet portrait, I love how the image of this yellow lab progresses in the video. The client, Jeff, provided an especially clear photo to use as a reference. It lacked some shadow details, but I was able to create the necessary shadows as I painted to better establish depth. Over all, this portrait went very smooth. Even some of the early stages look great.

I hope you enjoy watching these. Let me know in the comments below.

Also, on a technical note, I'm moving all my video hosting from YouTube to Rumble. There's been a lot of monkeying around with corporate censorship on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and even though my videos are hardly controversial, I prefer to associate with the new breed of businesses like Rumble and Parler that support free speech.

Thanks for watching, and don't forget that now is a great time to give the gift of a pet portrait. Once December arrives, it gets a bit harder to deliver by Christmas. Of course, I have an easy solution: I'm now selling Pet Portrait Gift Certificates, which are perfect because lots of people know pet lovers, but don't have photos of those pets to send me. This way, you can let the pet owner themselves pick the best shots and work with me for their portrait. I don't know why I didn't think of this before!

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topdog

Topdog (aka Steve Merryman) is a designer, illustrator, dog lover, smart-ass and budding curmudgeon. He spends time working in his home-based design studio, SIGMA; painting dogs and other things; writing; chopping firewood; hiking; eating cheeseburgers; shooting guns; trying to ignore social media; and wondering where he left his pants.

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