Detail of Ginger image

Ginger, but not MaryAnne

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This portrait is of Ginger, who belonged to the same owners as Bo. In this portrait, I really think I nailed the golden color of her fur. For some reason, I've struggled creating blonde and gold fur on these digital paintings. But this was the first where I felt confident all the way through without having to paint over weak areas.

I think part of the recipe for success is not being afraid of strong color when painting. I didn't shy away from putting in strong oranges, browns and grays, which I think established dimension and made the portrait jump.

And the eyes are terrific! I love it when the eyes look alive.

Dog portrait of Ginger, a large Shepherd/Golden mix

Ginger, (11x14, digital)

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Steve in 2021
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Topdog is Steve Merryman, a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and unrepentant asshole. Steve can usually be found working on a portrait commission or some other artwork. Steve fills his days by painting, writing, shootin' guns, cuttin' trees, hiking with his dogs, and savoring a beer or two, all while searching for the perfect cheeseburger. He studiously avoids social media and is occasionally without pants.