Painting | Tips for Pet Portraits

Painting | Tips for Pet Portraits

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pet portraits they are their own little genre of painting in this video I'm going to discuss the three biggest mistakes that I see in most pet portraits hi welcome to pain coach I'm Chris Hornet arrow here to help simplify oil painting so you can get better faster so in this video I'm gonna be talking about pet portraits not so much the UH kind of like really walk you through painting a pet portrait because the actual painting process is very
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similar to painting a portrait of a person or a landscape or anything else really so what I'm gonna focus on are three biggest mistakes that I see the most pet portrait artists make alright the photograph this is where I feel 85% of the work is done getting a good photo reference of your pet is extremely important because there are a lot of mistakes people make with getting a
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photo of their pets paint the first mistake people make a lot of time is the angle at which they shoot their pet because most of the time a pet is sitting on the ground and you're standing up so you'll see a lot of people will do a pet portrait of them looking down at their pet looking up and it just doesn't make a very good portrait background is just the ground so just gonna be grass or carpet if you do want to put a background it's not gonna really work it's you know you don't really ever get like a sense of
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the body of the pet if you want the body it's just the head and it's just looking up it's looking right to the camera and it just just doesn't really make a good quality portrait the second mistake people make with the photograph is the lighting I find it very helpful to have a very distinct light source to distinguish you know the shadows and the highlights when it's just kind of washed out or blown out of just all you know light or if it's in shadow and all dark it makes it difficult to pay
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you can't distinguish the features and the angles and the shapes within the pets face so make sure you have a good light source and I do recommend it being a natural light source tends to work well with pet portraits because they are animals and just having the natural light source just goes hand in hand also I find it best when the animal is not looking directly at the camera when it's kind of looking away it works better also try and get your pet in a
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very natural normal state whether it's resting or if you want an action shot you know if it's moving near those always work really well I always find it weird when the pet is extremely posed and looking straight at the camera and it just obviously looks posed this doesn't really capture the life of the pet you know you're gonna have this painting for you know hopefully forever and you want something that's gonna kind of capture that pet personality and you get creative with it and you want to
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represent what that pet was like day to day not some artificial posed versions of the version of themselves for this painting so a lot of times it can be difficult to paint a pet with an actual you know background actual location behind it and not have the background overpower the portrait so I do recommend keeping it very simple and you can just
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have a like a blank background like a certain just solid color or kind of like a fade of colors but even that gets a little tricky sometimes it ends up looking a little too high school photo ish like if your pet was painted in front of it like a backdrop of a cheap photographer and sometimes the best way is to just leave the raw canvas behind so the second thing is the composition
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and for some reason a lot of people like to paint their pet as big as they possibly can on the canvas and this just doesn't work it it feels like it's trying to burst out the edge of the frame on the contrary a lot of people will paint it too small and it seems like they paint it too small and then they put a background in to fill the space and all of a sudden the background kind of overpowers the portrait itself this is a painting of a pet but you know
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it's still a painting and you still need to have good elements of design and composition so while you're planting it out make sure to step back from the canvas and see how everything's working as a whole just like you want any other painting that you're directing the eye to the certain areas of the pet that you want you know if you want to mainly focus on the face like I'm going to in this portrait I'm not gonna put so much detail into the body or the paws I'm
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gonna keep the main focus in detail in the face all right last is how you paint the pet and it seems like a lot of pet portraits feel the need to paint every single hair literally on the pet I find that to be kind of tacky and doesn't really work out that well because once you do that you have to kind of do that for everything if you're dog sitting on grass and they end up painting every
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single blade of grass and just doesn't look that good I tend to enjoy pet portraits where they suggest the hair with their brush work the direction of the brush strokes the size of their brush stroke it just seems to work a lot better if you have whiskers you can do quick whiskers I feel like those are okay because they're so distinct that it works you can put like a few stray hairs here or there but when you focus in on the individual hair it just doesn't because when you look at a pet
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your your I might see every hair but your mind doesn't a little trick to help indicate fluff on a pet is you know on the edges where the edge of the pet meets the background instead of going in there and drawn individual little hairs you see that I kind of faded it a little bit I didn't make the edge of the pet you know a harsh line I blended that edge so it has the feeling of fur and it
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indicates you know the fluff instead of actually drawing every individual hair so it's a kind of a good tip to do in certain areas to give your animal that hairy fluffy look well I hope you enjoyed this video if you did please hit the like button and subscribe to the channel you can follow me on instagram at 4:43 i am chris hornet arrow here telling you to go get painting

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