Photoshop helped with this layout
These good ole' southern pups "Gus & Lucky" are a combination of two photos. It was difficult for their owner to get a good picture of both of them together, so I created this layout to show their love for each other.
In photoshop I removed the background and combined the two dogs, positioning them in a somewhat realistic pose. I now have my reference photo for the painting.
Before I start painting I do a quick value sketch and think about my color choices.
I enjoy painting unique and lively paintings, inspired from photos sent by the people who treasure them.