How to paint black fur…

Disclaimer: I am, by no means, an expert. Other than growing up with a self taught artist mom, my art instruction has been limited. A few classes here and there from ages 6 through 18 and then one art class in college (3D fundamentals). As an adult, I painted with a group for about a year, learning how to paint in oils. That’s it.

The rest I learned as I go.

So- that being said, I am learning how to paint black fur.

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

Here’s the original photograph that I’m using for reference…

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Picture taken by Teresa Hannaman from the Galena Gazette (used with permission)

I used that picture and my opaque projector to sketch out the basic form. Then next step is to start laying down paint…

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First layer of many

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After a few more hours...

At this point I realized why he looked so flat. Black, as a color of paint, is dead and flat. The key to making black live is adding other colors. I added a bit of red (more foreground) and/or blue (distance) and all of a sudden, the nose started to come forward and the ears curl…

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

A bit more and he will be Harley. 

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

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