Royal Hugo – the Final countdown


I had a good morning as Hugo came along as I wanted him too.

Mostly I used Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber to model his features. I used French Ultramarine for the blue in his bandana and Cadmium Red Deep for the red in that as well as in his crown. For shadows in the reds I added a speck of Pthalo /Windsor Green. To give the gold of the crown more shape and shadow I added a speck of purple which did the trick.

I NEVER use neat black as I feel it makes any good painting look ugly and amateurish – throw it in the bin and instead make rich and soulful blacks from the following combos:)
Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson and Hookers Green/Pthalo/Windsor Green – for example

See below for the development of his face, the bandana and a real focus on how I did his eyes for those interested:)

To get the light in Hugo’s eyes I lifted out colour with a damp brush. Then I mixed a bit of opaque white with a dark purple and made a lengthways stroke right across the eyeball to suggest the reflection of sky (you could use blue if you prefer) and then a spot of pure white for the spark of life in Hugo.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Hugo come together – he is a really regal hound. Alison

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