So my sister got me to do some paintings of our dogs a little while ago (in exchange for a Princess and the Frog movie poster from Disney Movie Rewards....) and I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of them. We have 3 dogs, all chihuahua's named Abby, Sophie and Amigo and they are all ridiculous. My sister is a huge Ron Burns fan, so she asked me if I could do them in a similar style while still incorporating my own. I tried my best!
I first did little thumbnail paintings to try and figure out what kinds of colors I would use and where the general placement of the dogs would be.
This first thumbnail painting turned out looking more like an angry Ewok type creature than a chihuahua. It also let me see that just painting the dogs head with no body is kind of creepy...it looks like Sophie had a run in with a guillotine or the Cheshire cat.
The next thumbnail I did was of Abby, our long haired chihuahua. I like how the eyes and the colors turned out.
The last thumbnail that I did was of Amigo. He has an abnormally large head.
After the thumbnails I had a better idea of how I wanted the paintings to look, so I did the actual paintings on slightly larger canvases.
And here are some actual pictures of my dogs for comparison.
All 3 dogs
And then I found a ridiculous sultry picture of Amigo...