Painting An Old Friend: Samba

This handsome fellow is Samba. Samba’s best friend is away at college. I was commissioned to create a painting of this old gentleman for his best friend as a surprise. I thought I would share with you a few of the steps on my way to a final painting.

The First Photo

This is the photo that Samba’s OTHER human sent to me to create a custom oil painting of this handsome fellow.

Full Photo Samba
Full Size Photo of Samba
Closeup Samba
Closeup Photo of Samba

The Closeup

But Samba’s other human wanted a closeup of that handsome face, so I cropped the photo to make it more usable for my painting work.

Black Wash

This is the initial black wash over the finished sketch. Since Samba is a black dog, it makes sense that this would be the prominent color in the wash.

Black Wash Samba
Initial Black Wash

Final Samba
Final Painting of Samba

Final Painting

This is the final painting of Samba. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I think it captured that personality and I hope the gift surprised his favorite human!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created the portrait of Samba, this handsome older fellow, for his very favorite human. I would love to create a custom oil painting of your dog or cat or other animal companion, or of a loved one! You can either complete this form to order your own painting or contact me via email or call me at (214) 405-1834

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