Tuesday, April 24, 2012
6" x 6"
oil on hardboard
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.