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Painting Dogs in Watercolour - Great Dane Tutorial

Just recently I was asked to paint a Great Dane. I love dogs but find capturing a likeness in watercolour very hard. Anyway I did the drawing and set about painting this gorgeous dog.

Just recently I was asked to paint a Great Dane. I love dogs but find capturing a likeness in watercolour very hard.

Anyway I did the drawing and set about painting this gorgeous dog.

Original Watercolour Great Dane - 9x11 inches

Original Watercolour Great Dane - 9x11 inches

I used several washes , allowing each one to dry before I added the next in order to build the form of the face.

This Great Dane has lovely interesting black spots and patches but I only added them as soft blurs in the early stages and made harder edges at the end. That way I developed a depth to the painting.

Painting dogs makes you really study the shadows and markings and I used complementary colours on the colour wheel in order to create shadows that would turn the 2D images into a 3D watercolour.

If you'd like to try this watercolour dog tutorial then please do.

COPYRIGHT! - please note that while this watercolour tutorial can be used for your own learning you do not then have the right to sell this image as the copyright is mine. Thank you.

This tutorial is offered for purely educational purposes.

I used the following materials:-

1 Arches hot pressed 90lb 100% cotton rag paper - stretched on a quarter inch plywood board
2 Winsor & Newton artists' quality tube watercolours in Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber and Rose Madder Genuine

Please click on each image to bring it up nice and big!

Graet Dane 1
Graet Dane 2_edited-1

Happy painting

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