I joined the STS and offered up a custom pet portrait as one of my items. @susieoregon claimed me after I approved an image of her adorable pooch, Pilot. I loved his eyes. They are so expressive and cute.
At first, I completely panicked. It was a rough start. One of the markers I needed had dried up and left streaky lines. After a small freak out, I looked at it and really liked the streaks. I fixed the marker and set about recreating them on purpose.
The key was lots of layers. In the end, I liked how it turned out. It’s not perfect, but nothing ever is. It’s art. LOL! I added it to a 6x6 cradle board to give it a more polished look.
Before I added the background and cut it out.
She said she likes it, and that is what matters. I am using her pic here of the rendering with the real life Pilot. He was obviously impressed.
Side by side while I was rendering. I added some more depth after this. The nose still needed to be darker, but I was so scared I would mess it all up.
I also started timing myself to see how long these take. Drawing and rendering took me two and a half hours, not including sanding, painting, and modpodging it to the board.
PS. So many of my markers are drying up now! Thank goodness for refills. That’s one of the reasons I love these markers so much.