I finished this painting on Monday and I can’t remember the last time I worked so many consecutive hours on a single project. I was commissioned to paint this for a little girl’s birthday present. Yes, parents that commission original artwork for their kids are super awesome. Like super duper awesome! I was given free reign to paint what I wanted and execute it in my style with the one exception that I include the amazing Taco, who is the birthday girls’ pet chihuahua, somewhere in the painting.
I’ve done one pet portrait commission in the past, so I was excited for the opportunity to do another one.
Now I must warn you. This is a photo heavy post.
It’s my general rule that I don’t work from sketches and that I am very spontaneous when I make stuff. When it comes to painting chihuahua’s I break that rule. I don’t sketch on the actual canvas, but I do a few doodles to get a general idea of how to make the little creature. As you can see, Taco is very stylish. I thought Unicorn Taco would be sweet, but it didn’t make the cut for the final painting.
I opted for Taco’s head on a seahorse body. And wearing a crown, of course!
I love this picture of Taco. The idea of Super Taco came to mind, so I threw a little cape on him.
Like the unicorn idea, the cape lost out to Taco dressing up in a collared button up.
Here are a couple more detail shots for you to check out.
And one last doodle.
Here is a step by step process of the painting. I started this Thursday night and finished Monday afternoon. It was a very tight deadline and I closed the gallery Friday and Saturday so I could stay home and paint all day. There was no way I could have finished this if I hadn’t done that. It was super awesome though. Staying home and painting all day is a great alternative to working in the gallery.
And the completed Taco painting…
I told you it was a photo heavy post.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of the process of what goes into making a painting. The parts of the process you missed out on that weren’t documented would be the insane amount of water and orange juice I drank while painting, numerous chocolate covered almonds eaten, my bloodshot eyes caused by severe sleep deprivation and lots of walks from easel to sink to wash brushes.
Thanks for looking!