Acrylic Dog canvas painting

This is a painting I did using Acrylic’s on canvas. it was a gift to my mother and features her three dogs, Shamus, Kerry & Murphy. I took various pictures of the dogs individually and then, using the best shots, sketched them all together and painted them in. I like painting dogs, it’s something I have done for people as gifts many times- I find that once you find the correct identity then its plain sailing where as with human portraits it takes allot more effort to get the correct resemblance. Having said that, it is difficult to capture that perfect likeness with a dog or any animal for that matter- it’s easy to make them look like the correct breed and dog type but to nail that identity does take patience and time. The dogs here are pictured lazing around on a sofa, the only thing I would alter would be the attention to detail on Kerry- the dog on the top right corner, she is a long haired strange little thing and I found it hard to capture her likeness, if I hadn’t been working to a deadline I would have given more time to getting her perfect!

About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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