I'm so, so, struggling................... any suggestions for painting subjects which are predominately white? I'm trying to teach myself pet portraits but when it comes to light toned dogs (e.g. white based), I can not seem to get to the highest key (value), without the underneath looking dreadful (as it is too dark) or looking false (as the light tone looks awkward)!
I did the painting as the dog made me laugh with it's expression (and I worked off a photo).
I've posted a dog I did yesterday and I daren't say but it had loads of light tones (and as I said above, I just don't seem to have the knowledge/experience to get there). I've placed a white tone on his left ear so that you can see how low key (value) the painting ended up.
I can't place light tones down flat first as unfortunately there is a lot of form in dog's fur (and I want to add dark tones for depth).
Any tips would be so much appreciated x