Our tuxedo cat, Xander, just loves playing with plastic bags. His portrait was overdue so I opted to use a shot of him with his favorite toy.
Here's the original photo:
I haven't exactly created a photo realistic painting... lets call it "painterly" and leave it at that. What I'm very happy about is that I did the whole thing in one sitting this afternoon. I might go back and touch up a few things but it's essentially done. Throughout the process, I shot pix of the canvas... here is the result:
It started with an acrylic wash. When that dried, I sketched the subject out very roughly in pencil.
From there I started roughing in some paint and wiped away shadow areas as I went.
Filled in the background and added some blue detail to the bag. (And to the cat but I thought better of that later).
Started filling in some detail within the cat... filled out the background. Finished the green blanket. Added whiskahs.
Na-taaa! Finished painting.
Now that I've had a good look at the photo, I can think of a few things I'd like to go back and continue to work on:
1) Add highlights to Xander's back;
2) Make the bag more bag-like and less iceberg-like. Maybe add a bag handle and some of the logo;
3) Try and make Xander look a little less sad;
4) Sign it
Cat with bag
oil on canvas
12" x 12"