How Paint a Pet Portrait : Painting a Bookshelf in a Pet Portrait

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We”re going to take Burnt Sienna and Burnt
Umber and mix them up here for our bookshelf, also mixing in some Radiant Lemon. What I
generally like to do is just quickly kind of outline where some of the main lines are,
so as I get through painting them, I don’t lose them. Also, if my sketching has been
really fast, this is an excellent, excellent opportunity to make sure that I have some
nice parallel lines here. These are not the final lines for the painting…just trying
to see that things kind of match up along the basic shapes before we go any further.
I’m still using my flat edge brush for this initial step. Now we’re going to start working
on some of this Burnt Umber, applying lots of medium to make sure we get like a nice
free-flow consistency. And at the moment, all I want to do is fill things in. And I
want to make sure it’s a little darker here at the bottom than the top, that’s about the
limit of my ambition at this point. Get rid of the white lines, make sure that they’re
not being shown. And then we’re going to keep extending this layer on toward the bottom.
I might even just make a couple lines of incredibly dark, more Burnt Umber towards the bottom
here, and then let’s work in more of the Burnt Sienna up on top as we go higher. Get up here
all the way toward the very top, and I’m going to also put in some White. This is the beginning
of depth. But before we’re actually going to be able to put in some more angles, we’re
going to need to finish coloring this in like I’ve instructed, and then we’ll be able to
actually start putting in some angles, shadow, and getting this to look a little bit more
like a bookcase.

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