After sketching Buster (which I admit was fairly heavy-handed), and laid in a watercolor-style “wet on wet” wash. This consists of wetting the paint board (which I had instead of a canvas), and then you start dropping in color and letting them run together–up and down left and right. Lifting the board and moving it to achieve a crazy look. You’ll see in the original source photos that the deck doesn’t actually look exactly like that, but I wanted to accentuate the sun dappled effect to its maximum (remember to give your painting a “painterly” look).
For this painting, as with my bird painting in another post, I bought some cheap Liquitex acrylic paints. These are great because they are affordable, and you’ll be less likely to worry about messing up because you haven’t invested so much money.
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After I do the background, I laid in the heavier colors of details and started on the cat. I layered color on color–you want him to have some softness on his furry self.
For the final detail of Buster, I made the mistake of only using two brushes the whole way through, and the smallest brush I could find for detail wasn’t nearly fine enough for the final detail on his face, and I think I kind of messed that up, but I had it finished in approximately 50 minutes from start to finish, and surprising my girlfriend’s stepmom was worth the brisk pace and some lack of detail.