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Harvey in snow

Harvey feature image

Harvey was a local commission as a birthday gift.

Painting snow is a fun challenge. I like to try to capture some of the brilliant blue that comes from the translucence of the snow when back lit. And it's also a trick to get the footprints and jumbled snow to look realistic. It's easy to get lost and try to be perfect with every stroke, but I've found that working quickly helps to keep the energy of the scene. In this case I decided to push the intensity of the blue around the head to draw more attention to the face.

It was a fun project, and I really love how Harvey's face came out. The bow-tie ( added at the client's suggestion) was a great addition.

Harvey dog portrait

Harvey (16x16 digital print on canvas)

About the Author

topdog

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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  1. I just ran across your name at John’s blog and on a whim stopped by. What an awsome idea for memorializing a loved pet! We have an 11 year old yorkie-poo who means the world to my wife and I. But, as you know, they burn through life fast. I believe your artwork would be a fitting tribute for our Winnie. Will be in touch soon.

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