Today I started up a new oil portrait and this is the initial sketch. The portrait is of Flat coated retriever “Laddie”. She will be painted in a simple winter scene. The initial sketch is first drawn out with graphite pencils and later painted over with Ivory black acrylics. I will start with my oil paints on next stage.

Laddie will have frost all over her at the end of this painting process. Naturally I will have to paint what’s underneath first, otherwise it wouldn’t look very realistic. So, most of the frost will be added last.

Initial sketch Laddie oils

Initial sketch of Laddie in oils

Initial sketch Laddie oils

Initial sketch of Laddie in oils