Brooks and Roscoe

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This will be a fairly short post. I've got a few deadlines to meet this week, but I wanted to get this post up before I get too deep in my next project.

Roscoe and Brooks (Brooks on the left, Roscoe on the… wait, no. Roscoe on the left, Brooks on the… ah, hell, I can't remember) belong to two brothers, respectively, and their mom (a friend of ours) wanted a combo portrait for her husband.

She supplied me with several photos of each dog separately. I had to find two images that if sketched together would work. Luckily there were a couple in which each dog was looking slightly to the right.

The lighting was a bit off, so I had to enhance the shadows. Shadows are essential to a good portrait as they provide depth and suggest a three-dimensional object.

This portrait came out very well. Here's the full image:

brooks and roscoe portrait

Brooks on the left, or is that Brooks on the right? Hell, I don't know.

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Topdog is the online persona of Steve Merryman, a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and winner of over ninety regional and national awards. Living in the woods just west of Idaho (USA), Steve can often be found working on pet portrait commissions. His spare time is spent painting; writing; cuttin' trees an' shootin' guns; hiking with his dogs; savoring the occasional beer; searching for the perfect cheeseburger; and wondering where he left his pants.

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