Illustration, Painting, Photography by Kathy E. Esch, BFA
Colored Pencil Dogs
Colored pencil illustrations have been very popular for dog portraits. The detail in the eyes, the pattern of the animals coat and true colors come together very well.
Watercolor paintings can be very detailed with a wonderful soft blurred background that sets the animal in center stage. They are a fragile surface that must be framed under glass and kept from high humidity. Watercolor works best for larger size portraits.
Cats are best photographed at their homes. Horses in action at events are most interesting. Dogs are the most flexible but need a walk before settling down to pose.
The surface of oil paint cannot be beat for blending colors. Acrylic paint is quicker drying if you have a deadline to meet.
Colored Pencil Cats
Colored pencil is a wonderful tool to capture detail in the eyes of animals. It's wax based pigment allows blending and layering between coat colors to capture the look of fur very well.
The detailed background will cost more if you want to include a garden your cats are at home in. Just a simple shadow is what will set the animal out from the background at the starting price of $165.00 for the finished size 11 x 14".
I'm very much at home out under the trees, in a meadow, or the garden. It slows us down and soon we are relaxed enough to see the beauty around us. Short on nature? Plant a tree.