Oberon is a beautiful young Shih-Tzu/Poodle (Shihpoo) with a gorgeous black coat and the unforgettable feature of his hairstyle. With his locks permanently covering his eyes, he reminded me of Sam Sheepdog from the Looney Tunes cartoon. You know the one - “Morning Ralph”
As black dogs are difficult to photograph, I went to meet Oberon and his family and took lots of photos of his lovely shiney coat. They had an idea of what they wanted as far as how Oberon would be standing. Do you think he wanted to co-operate? Um, no! But we gently encouraged him to stand in a way that showcased his curly tail and sweet smile.
The digital mock-up
My client requested Oberon to have Autumn leaves in the foreground of his custom portrait. His mustache has subtle golden tones and the leaves would echo that tone.
In the digital mock-up, I played around with colours and composition to get a basic guide for the painting.
Shih Tzu / Poodle
Acrylic on Canvas, 18” x 18” (46cm x 46cm)
Oberon is a sweet and gentle Shih-poo with a most unusual hairstyle. His eyes are almost completely concealed by hair, but he can see just fine.
He lives in the picturesque highland town of Dorrigo,NSW, that showcases a beautiful display of colours when the leaves fall in Autumn.