Cairns the Black Lab

A friend asked me to do a portrait of her sister’s beloved black labrador, Cairns. Great name. I didn’t have much time but was quite excited to try an all-black, shiny black dog. I used Polychromos on this one on Mi-Tientes paper. Polychromos because with so much black and even though I always used a fixative at the end, I didn’t want the dreaded wax bloom ruining the picture at a later date.

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It will be delivered to my friend in time for Christmas, maybe tonight, but you won’t see this post till after the lovely day. Gotta keep a few surprises!

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