I’ve decided to post up parts of the process I’ve used in the past to paint a traditional portrait. This portrait is obviously of dogs, but the technique could be applied to nearly everything. Part one involves a basic drawing done with carbon pencil and silicone blender on a hardboard surface. The surface is prepared with a mixture of gesso, burnt and raw umber acrylic, black acrylic, and clear gesso or matte medium. The mixture is applied and sanded three separate times until the surface has a texture that is similar to smooth linen stretched canvas. The drawing needs to be fixed with a PVA size mixture sprayed over.