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    12-14-2009, 12:16 AM
A few new non-horse related projects ...

Well, I have either completed or am in the process of doing some non-horse related art. Some are commissions, while another is a gift for my folks. I thought I'd start a new art journal for the WIP's, though for the commission, I will not post the finished product until the client sees it first.

The first one is an 8 x10 acrylic painting I did for somebody. Not only was it my first painting commission (well, excluding the ornaments), but it was my very first poodle in any medium.

The second is an 8 x10 cat commission that I am working on. The person saw the poodle and wants me to paint the cat for her. A last minute commission for Christmas. Pressure's on!!!

The third is a soft pastel drawing of my parents' rescued Maine Coon Pheobe. I have VERY little experience with drawing cats and have not been too successful with prior attempts, though I think this is on it's way to be my best cat piece. Definitely my first attempt at a cat with soft pastels. Anyway, I would like some advice on this piece, particularly from Kayty. I picked a paper color that I am least likely to use for commissions, and I know it is not the most complimentary color for this cat. So any advice on what to do with the background is very much appreciated!

Anyway, here they are...
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    12-14-2009, 01:02 AM
I really like them !
They look really good, The maine coon you are working on, I think it shouldnt be as 'sharp' going down the chest,and the ear's look very flat, compared so maybe some more detail to that. Also I like the eye's but they also don't pop out that much, is there something you can add to make them look shiny ? But overall they all look great ! I can't wait to see the finished products

But you definitally do a MUCH better job than what I am getting on with
Im yet to take a go at my Oil Pastels :)
    12-14-2009, 01:45 AM
Loooooove the poodle Liz!! I hate drawing poodles at the best of times, but there is no way I'd even have a go at paint, I envy anyone who can even get some remote detail with paint so well done!
Race is on between us for last minute Chrissy commissions it looks like. I said I wouldnt' do anymore but 2 days after I said that I got 3 orders for Christmas in pastel, charcoal and graphite- a horse and 2 dogs! I've finished the charcoal and graphite dog and horse, but now up to the pastel dog- which is a horirble little maltesexpoodle THING with tight curls and WHITE. YUCK! Fancy doing it for me??

EXCELLENT start on the cat, like, REALLY excellent!! I scrolled down and my jaw dropped, you've improved out of sight that is gorgeous!
Just stick in some more detail and depth over the top of the basics and you'll have a really stunning piece on your hands.

Are you able to post the original photo or send it to me so I can give you a hand with the eye, because to make it 'pop' will depend on which colours are in the orignal cats eye.
    12-14-2009, 11:38 AM
No advice, just adding my voice to the chorus, really lovely.
    12-14-2009, 12:06 PM
Liz these are great! The poodle is adorable (even for a poodle ) I pity all you ladies that have had or have to do one for a commission...I wouldn't want to! And I love the third one. Love it love it love it. I don't work with pastels much (at all) but I like the paper color you picked. Looks nice with the colors of the cat. But that's just an inexperienced opinion =) And I love the eyes. Cats with green eyes like that are so neat and you've got the privilege of capturing one on paper.
Anyways-no advice from me. One of these days I'll get out my box of pastels and give it a go. Then I'll have a thread on here begging for any advice anyone can give me because I'll need it!
Can't wait to see the end results.
    12-14-2009, 05:13 PM
Oops didn't even think to mention your paper choice sorry!!
I do like it, you'll have to use a few pinks in the fur though to bring the paper through I think. I think it is a LITTLE overpowering, it could be just a shade lighter, but once it's finished it should be fine if you make the eyes dramatic enough ;)
    12-15-2009, 01:35 AM
Kayty, thank you for your insight. Here is the original photograph I am drawing from. It is terribly washed out anf blurry because it was taken from a camera phone, but I just love Pheobe's expression. I am pretty much just using the image for the outline and where the markings are. Otherwise I am going off memory for color. Sorry you can't see too much color detail. It's a difficult image to draw from if you don't personally know the animal.
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    12-15-2009, 02:58 AM
Bit fuzzy!! Lucky it's only really faded so you've still got a fair bit of detail in it, nice photo to draw from, shame it's not from a decent camera though or it'd be perfect!
    12-16-2009, 01:00 AM
Here is what I have done with the cat painting so far. Yes, she is wearing the most rediculous outfit, but my friend wanted that to be included in the painting...lol. Hoping to finish it tomorrow and ship it out Thursday at the latest.
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    12-16-2009, 09:40 PM
Ok, here is the acrylic painting all completed. My friend loves it. I'll be shipping it out first thing after work tomorrow. Keeping fingers crossed it gets there in time for Christmas!
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