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Painting project

Part 2 Estelle Robinson completes her portrait of Poppy, the alsatian, by adding the eyes, fur colour and texture, and the all-important highlights


Creating fur using colour

Creating texture with highlights

Adding the final touches for maximum impact

Demonstration Poppy

The reference photograph for this project: Poppy. Courtesy of@forrestpics

Last month, I introduced Poppy (below) as the subject of this painting project and completed an outline drawing of her and applied the background and first layers in soft pastel. This is where we left the portrait (right) and now we are ready to paint the eyes and finish the top layers with pastel pencils.

I find that if the eye goes well the rest generally follows, and it gives the painting life. Unlike laying base colours, take your time with the eye and be as accurate as you can. Make sure your pencils are nice and sharp.

When starting out we all tend to draw an eye quite flat, because what we are actually drawing are eyelids rather than the eye itself. So remember, when you put pencil to paper, picture the orb of the eye rather than the eyelids sitting on it.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. From experimenting with watercolour and gouache to paint a winter landscape and a beginner's guide to acrylic painting to sketching animals from life and drawing trees using ink, this issue is packed with practical advice and information for the amateur painter. There is a plethora of demonstrations to paint in watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastels and more to help build confidence and skills along with projects from photographs, tips and techniques and inspiration. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.