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Pet Portraits

with Pat Weaver
Pet Portraits
Learn to paint a personality-filled portrait of your furry best friend with fun, simple steps!

Capture your darling dog or cat in a lovable, lifelike work of art! Join renowned animal artist Pat Weaver and discover how easy it is to photograph, sketch and paint your pet. Find out how to select the best source photo for your piece, and discover Pat’s easy process for quickly and accurately sketching any dog or cat. Use a simple template and transfer method to translate your sketch to canvas, and then explore value and color. Work with acrylic paint to mix lovely grays and neutral hues that are ideal for animal features and fur, and practice painting expressive eyes with realistic warmth. Follow Pat through three demonstrations as you create your own pet portrait, using loose, fluid brushstrokes to develop fur and whiskers and layer colors for a dimensional effect.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Capturing the Subject

  • Meet your instructor, artist Pat Weaver, before learning about the best practices for photographing pets and cropping your photos.


Lesson 2. Drawing Pets

  • Learn how to identify basic geometric shapes, important reference points and interesting compositional elements as you draw any pet of your choice.


Lesson 3. Considering Value

  • Discover what value is, why it's important and how to create any shade you want with Weaver's up-close instruction and helpful tips.


Lesson 4. Applying Color

  • Learn how to create complex hues from a three-color palette as Weaver demonstrates a variety of easy-to-use mixing and application techniques.


Lesson 5. Painting, Part One

  • Put your new skills to work as you practice painting on canvas, with helpful methods and troubleshooting tips from Weaver along the way.


Lesson 6. Painting, Part Two

  • Delve deeper into painting techniques as you recreate hues, try the drybrush method and add detail before completing a pet portrait that's as unique as the pet that inspired it!

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