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Those big eyes!

There is no question that I'm a dog lover and my favourite subject matter for painting is dogs.  I can't help it, big, small, curly, fuzzy, long hair short haired I love them all! 
 
Right now I'm painting a Chihuahua for a client.  He, Bailey, is the cutest little boy.  You just can't help wanting to pick him up and squish his little face, and I'm only talking about this pictures!  I've never met the little guy. 
 
I'm working from one of his moms favourite pictures of him.  The breed has those big bugged out eyes, which can be challenging to paint.  I had to have his mom take pictures of him from a few different angles so that I could plan my route when painting those big brown eyes. 
 
The drawing was a little flat, my brunaille not much better, it's wasn't until I started to add the colour that I was able to really bring those eyes off the canvas. 
 
The trick I found was remembering what my instructor Mel was always saying, "Where there is light, there is dark'" and vice versa.  After working on the actually eye itself I turned my attention to the area around the eye, the part that is raised.  Defining the brow bone first was key, then then worked from the brown bone in, adding a light 'lid" that almost over hangs the eye and then darkened this over hang.  "Where there is light, there is dark" 
 
See Mel I was listening!
 
 
 

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