Three in One – Beyaz, Topal and Hassas

10/21/16 – And it is done.

Finished and delivered.  What a treat and challenge. Learned some new techniques that I will use again. Feel much more comfortable with using color now.

So the specs: 16 x 20 on soft press watercolor paper, watercolor, color pencil and graphite.

Trio in White

Not the best photo, a little washed on the left by the light source.

8/27/16 Final Push!

I will call it close.  Now for Beyaz on the right. Some work on the plan on the right as well.  Then some final touches a little more detail on all the dogs and it should be done.  I’m planning for mid September.  So a couple more weeks!

August Update

August Update






Gosh, it has been a month since I last updated this.  And in truth, I haven’t been able to get much time on it as I’d like. And what progress there is is hard to tell.  I’ve been working on the plants of late.  These were first put in with a watercolor wash, then I’ve been going back with color pencil to build up the detail and depth.  This weekend I focused back on the tiles, again adding more layer with watercolor pencil.  And finally adding some color to the dog (Haasas) on the left as well as more detail.  The center dog (Topal) is starting to get the initial layers of graphite before adding some color to her as well.

july 10 update

Slowly building up detail and color


Continuing to block in the foreground and Hassas.  Doing some work on the plants behind Hassas, more to go in contrast and detail there. Once I get the pencil work done on the dogs, I’ll wash with some color to bring out the shadows and highlights.




Now for laying in some of the graphite on Hassas.



Getting the darker values established with the pots and wall behind the dogs.  At this point I’m mostly working with color pencil.



Making progress, I’ve started adding color pencil to the watercolor wash.  The dogs are still masked off.



Well, unfortunately the paper I had chosen just didn’t stand up as expected.  So before getting to far into the color I regrouped on a heavier paper.  So now it is masked and I’m starting to block in color. using water color washes at this point..

The dogs are masked off with maskit and cling wrap so as to keep them clean and white for now.


4/26/16 – Work begins on final drawing

Size 16 x 20 on hot press watercolor.  Will be using graphite, watercolor, watercolor pencil.

First step is the layout on the final paper and start blocking light and dark areas.

First step - layout

First step – layout


Nearing completion of the 8 x 10.  Ironed out technique and most of the technical bits.  So, the technical details are hot press watercolor paper, water soluble color pencil and graphite pencil.

8 x 10 prelim

8 x 10 prelim



Revamping slightly the pots and plants, which should better offset the white dogs.

updated draft

Updated draft drawing


8 x 10 layout in progress.  Once this is completed then the final drawing will start.  Working out technique and color mostly now.  Using graphite pencil, water soluble graphite and graphitint pencils on a hot press watercolor paper with a pretty smooth texture for watercolor.


The plan is to complete the color blocking and then go back with graphite to bring up the details.

2/5/16 – Color mock ups – Min – Muted – Bold

Now, which direction to go – how much color to use or not use – that is the question…

Minimal color idea

Minimal color idea


Muted color idea

Muted color idea

Bold color idea

Bold color idea


Back to it after finishing the Pom Pom drawing for Christmas.  Now starting to work out options for applying some color.  More to come this weekend… but here is a teaser.

initial color ideas

initial color ideas



Background pretty much defined.  Considering small amount of tint (color) in the background.  I think that would compliment the bit of color to be introduced in the dogs later.



This week has been spent working out the background now that the perspective has been ironed out.  So here are a couple of images… the first is a Photoshop with the composition and an idea for a background.  The second is the first small (5 x 7) thumbnail using the ideas.  In this one I’m working on little bits of the layout that need to be adjusted.  Sometimes it isn’t until I start with the pencil and laying it out “hands on” instead of via a computer screen that composition corrections become more obvious.







Fine tuning work this weekend on the layout.  The original is more of a view as if standing in front looking down at the dogs.  The other is more from their eye level.

Perspective options


Veterans Day

Spent some time the past weekend and again today working on the layout.  Is the perspective correct? What modifications to make that might create a little more of the story and feeling I’m trying to achieve.  I’m gong to do some small studies next of each of the dogs to see what works or doesn’t with some color introduced to the graphite.

Update on Veteran's Day


Work starts

First order of business is to start playing with sketches of each of the dogs to become familiar with each of them.

Trio on the Board



Introduction to the new project

What great dogs these three.  I had the chance to meet them and their owner and friends a couple of months ago.  Sweet dogs, each different, and each pretty much white.  All rescues.

So here are Beyaz, Topal and Hassas


So this project is going to be a larger one, with the three grouped in a portrait layout.  Mostly graphite work, however there will be some hints of color.  Interesting and challenging project.

And here is the basic plan to be executed:

Project Plan Trio


This will take the better part of the winter to complete.  So stay tuned for progress updates over the next weeks and months.



Thanks to their owners and friends for allowing the opportunity to create this portrait!



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