View paintings in progress The Anatomy of a Pet Portrait  Following a basic pencil drawing the initial under painting is applied to define form and overall tonal values using oil paint diluted with white spirit. Thicker oil paint is used to further define tones and add depth to the sofa and Oscar. Oscar's eyes are worked further and the highlights are added to the sofa, giving a shinier texture.  Thicker paint is applied to the rear L and R cushions.  The cushion behind Oscar is also defined by thicker paint and the flowers defined. Deeper shadows are added to Oscar's ears and the form and colour of his head is adjusted. A burnt umber transparent glaze (using Liquin) is applied to the rear cushion to add depth.  Detail added to Oscar's eyes and the nose and muzzle were adjusted.  The neck under the head needed to be darker and a weak transparent dark glaze recessed this. Details of Oscar's underbelly and three left paws are added using thicker oil paint to define form and shadow areas.  Shading under these areas is extended using heavy glazes. The sofa highlights were considered to harsh and toned down using light glazes. The colour of the stripy cushions was brought away from yellow.  Glazes over Oscar's front paws and belly recessed these areas providing greater depth. Once dry dark glazes were added to the stripy cushions, which unified the picture.  Painting signed. Thicker paint is applied to the stripy cushions, and Oscar's shadow is extended further.  A glaze is applied to the rear left and right cushions to add depth.  Strong highlights are added to the back of the sofa. The following pictures were taken at the completion of each of the ten painting sessions required to capture Oscar in oils starting from the initial tonal under painting to the final product.  Click on the first image for an enlarged version then scroll through to see the painting progress. A final layer of Liquin was applied to the whole painting to unify the shine and lift black areas.  Bingo! View paintings in progress