(Updated with demo download) Pug Demo using 2 colors Step by Step in Watercolor
This pug demo was a watercolor commission I did of a dog named Stella. You can see just by the look on her face she is a sweet dog. I love painting pugs; their faces have so much personality. They are one of my favorite dogs.
Anyone that has followed me for any time knows that I am a dog
It doesn’t matter how busy I am, I just can’t resist a taking a commission for a dog portrait I get so much joy painting them.
I used a very limited palette for this pug demo. The colors I used were:
- Burnt Sienna (Winsor and Newton)
- Ultramarine Blue (DaVinci)
For the pug demo, I drew my picture out on my paper first (not pictured). I started the painting by blocking in where the darks will be. I used the ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and a mix of the ultramarine blue and burnt sienna to get a cool black for the darkest spots. I let it dry completely.
I darkened down the pupil of the eye with a layer of Ultramarine blue. I then used a very thin layer of burnt sienna to areas of the body and also over the top of the previous layer of ultramarine blue darks of this little cutie. I let it dry completely.
Here you can see how I refined the shape more, and I continued to deepen the darks. I did this by alternating very thin layers of the ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I know you are thinking – why not just use the mixed blue-black everywhere? Using multiple thin layers builds depth and variation in your color, which makes for a much more interesting painting.
I added a thin layer of burnt sienna to the body to give it more color. I reshaped the irises and repainted them with burnt sienna. You can see where I lifted out some highlights on the face to give it more form.