Today I am posting 3 pet portrait projects all belonging to the same client. Allison has gone in and and set these projects up for me. Lately we have been working as a tag team on most of our painterly projects. She goes in and optimizes the original photograph, erases the backgrounds, places the subject on a colorful ground and then she smudges. She smudges pixels around in a wonderful soft way, creating a velvety soft starting point for me to play with.
My job will now be to get looser with these projects and add in some sharper jabby brush strokes, visual texture, line work, and much more color. I will also experiment with a variety of backgrounds until I settle on 6 that I like best and that I feel will work well for these guys. I may also adjust the basic compositions slightly if needed. Later this week I will present the client with 6 proofing choices for each pet. I will be sure and post some of the final proofs to the blog in just a couple of days. I still have at least 12 more hours of work to do on these guys.