13 Jun

New Pet Portrait! German Shepherd in Watercolor

watercolor pet portrait German Shepherd by Rebecca RhodesHere’s the newest pet portrait, this German Shepherd – a gift for Father’s Day!

This is an 8×10 watercolor portrait created on Arches Cold Press paper with Winsor & Newton paints.

I love to create the dark brown eyes and the varying textures of the fur and face.

Read on to see some progress photos.

I think a German Shepherd will be added to the “to do” list for the Online School.


If you are looking for a gift for a loved one, there’s a link on my home page: How to Commission your own portrait!

Progress Photos:


watercolor WIP pet portrait - German Shepherd by Rebecca Rhodes


Began with an underpainting of Yellow Ochre over the head, ears, and neck.

The eyes start with Winsor Lemon, and then Burnt Sienna.

A pink mix of Yellow Ochre and Permanent Rose on the nose.

I completed the ears first, using grey and black mixes of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, in addition to the pink.




Apply watery fur markings and textures in the head and neck using greys and blacks.

The eyes are deepened with brown.








Continue with thin applications of browns, blacks, yellows, gradually building color, allowing drying time in between. I’m using Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre.

And it’s finished!

If you like what you see and want to learn more, please visit my Online School.

Thanks for visiting!



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