After much tweaking Jesse's done. I think it was good to let him sit a day and come back with fresh eyes. I took this last one with my better camera, outdoors and I realize how much better the colors are!
I played with the subtle value and temperature shifts in his ears to make them more 3/dimensional, tweaked area around his eyes and made subtle adjustments throughout.
Holes are drilled in the back to hold the metal loops. The metal loops and plastic-coated wire are from United Manufacturers Supplies in Syosset, NY. You can get good deals from buying a whole spool of wire, and a larger order of metal loops and screws.
The painting has the image on the sides....some artists just paint the sides black, but I think it looks cool to see more of the painting continued on the wraparound sides.
I'll let him sit a couple of days before I varnish him with Golden glossy acrylic varnish...it brings out the colors big-time and protects the painting.
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Contact me if you're interested in a pet portrait of your own. I also paint children and, of course, in pastels too.