Pet Portraits Colorado – June, German Shorthaired Pointer

June is one of my favorite dogs because I know her personally. She’s lovable, a good snuggler for cold Colorado nights and a super-fast runner.

For this pet portrait, I used an airbrush with acrylic paint for about 90% of the painting and finished it with colored pencil for all of the hair and details. I wanted to get June’s spots as accurate as possible to make sure she was recognizable. Other details that make it June are her orange collar and her tags that are taped together so she doesn’t jingle.

Medium: Acrylic with an airbrush, Colored Pencil
Size: 12″ x 16″

pet portrait reference

Here are the originals. I had many excellent photos to choose from, thank you Heather! I combined these two and made a few compositional and color changes to give a sense of June’s personality and tell a little of the story of the great life she now has with her loving family.

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