Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Igor


6" x 6"
oil on hardboard

Pronounced Eye-gore.

DPW's recent challenge "Up Close Animal" was really fortuitous timing. I've been wanting to paint Igor for a while, especially after seeing so many beautiful pet portraits on DPW. But I didn't really know how to approach it; I don't think I've ever painted an animal before - at least not since I was 11 and drew endless sketches of horses.

Cropping the image very closely made it seem less intimidating - there was so much less of him to deal with :)

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. It's not as painterly as I'd like, but I think I caught his expression perfectly. At one glance he looks serene; the next time you look you can see the crazy. Depends how the light hits him. That's pretty much how he is in real life. Psychotic, possibly sociopathic.

Typical cat.

3 comments:

  1. Saw this painting on DPW which brought me to your wonderful Blog. I look forward to following you. Loved you post on 50 Starts. I may have to try that too.
    Cheers!
    Denise

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