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 that 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 lover actually an animal lover. I will stop and talk to any animal I see lol.

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)

Pug Demo

Step 1

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 are going to 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.


Step 2

I started to add some burnt sienna over the ultra blue of the dark areas. For the ears, I added some of the blue-black mixture to the inside Shadows. Using a dulled down blue I added more to the outside bottom of the ear and the nose. I let it dry completely.

Step 3

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.


Step 4

Here you can see how I started to refine the shape more and I continued to deepen the darks. This was accomplished 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.


Step 5

I added an extremely thin layer of burnt sienna to the body to give it some 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.


Step 6

To finish the painting I darkened the face more and lifted out highlights in the eyes and nose. I also neutralized the blue Shadow under his face some with a thin layer of burnt sienna.

That is it, all done and with only 2 colors!


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Krista Hasson Artist painter oil and watercolor batik

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