New Painting – Familiar

Title: Familiar, Artist: Sidney Eileen

FamiliarOil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″ 

 

Oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″
Six sessions
Reference: One of my own photos of Ringo

The finished painting is a portrait of a magical familiar, a black cat who aids with magical tasks.

For the final layer I thinly added white to create glow from the eye, and from behind.

 

 

 

 

A look back at the steps leading up to the finished painting:

Title: Familiar - WIP4, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Familiar – WIP4
Oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″
Five sessions
Reference: One of my own photos of Ringo
 
I added some white detailing around the eye, as well as the whiskers above the eyes. I then stared at the overall painting for a bit, because I was very, very unhappy with the entire composition of the lighting. I wanted to give the appearance that the eyes are glowing, but it looked very confusing with the back lighting being so strong. Thus, I colored over all the backlighting with a thin layer of black, also adding some shade detailing around the muzzle.

 

Title: Familiar - WIP3, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Familiar – WIP3
Oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″
Four sessions
Reference: One of my own photos of Ringo
 
I finally figured out how to get detailed fur texture in paint, so it’s an interesting contrast in the level of detail around the eye and on the rest of the painting.

 

Title: Familiar - WIP 2, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Familiar – WIP 2
This afternoon I added a third layer to this painting I started about two years ago. It is oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″.

 

Title: Familiar - WIP1, Artist: Sidney Eileen

Familiar – WIP1
Oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″
Two sessions
Reference: One of my own photos of Ringo

Project: Familiar

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