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Go outside!  Take lots of photos!  Try to be eye-to-eye with your pet.  If you can't be outside, try to have as much indoor light as possible.  If I am working from an old photo, fill me in on any details that it may not represent.  For example, maybe the eyes are actually reddish-brown rather than deep brown.  Remember:  I can only paint what I see.

​​The pictures above and below are a sample of the process.  They were photographed outside at dog-level.  There were several additional photos provided; in those photos I was able to see what Skylar's eye color was and what she looked like when she wasn't squinting.  I sketched her with her eyes wide open and made the adjustment in the final painting.

Photo Taking Tips and Examples

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