The Pop Art Painting
For this you need a high contrast black and white print of your pet. I opened a photo editing software and simply adjusted the contrast and printed out on white copy paper.
Next, with a black marker- go over the dark lines of the dog.
Now using graphite paper or by coloring the back side of the copy with pencil (old fashioned way), trace the image on either canvas, canvas paper or watercolor paper.
Paint the face of the dog with a bright Acrylic paint color. I chose yellow, but bright green, orange, pink, lavendar, light blue all would work well too. Remember you are painting the penciled in lines black, so the face must be in contrast (lighter) with the black.
I have a fine line and a medium size brush for the black lines.
Don't forget to leave little white dots in the eyes!
Now paint in the background! This should be in contrast with the face also. Think of sport teams, their colors are often complimentary colors... Yellow and Purple, Orange and Blue, Red and Green (ok, that's Christmas) .... I painted the face yellow so a purple background would have worked perfectly, BUT I work at LSU and I am having a little bit of purple and gold (yellow) overload, so I moved one color over in the color wheel and chose blue as my background. Check out a color wheel for more ideas.
Tada, pretty easy!!!