Thanks again Tinyliny, I truly appreciate the input, I hope I didn't come off as defensive. I don't need things to be sugar coated or anything. I'd rather get honest critique.
Okay so this is paintluver and her horse. I'll be posting the artwork here for critique and in the other board to show people what has been done. My medium charcoal gave out on me about 2/3 of the way through this piece...it refused to be sharpened and pretty much fell apart on me. I'm still having trouble with very fine detail around the eye. I tried my best to keep the pencil sharp, but it didn't come out very well at all. I think its all telling me to go back to graphite for some more practice. People and clothing are so hard, but I almost want to say it didn't come out as bad as I thought it would.
That is going to be good!!!! I can see that far away look in the dog's eye. Just don't overwork it. That is the bain of all artists. If in doubt, "should I do more?", set it on the mantel , step back , look at it, go to bed, look at it tomorrow and then see if you still really think more should be done. Almost always , less is more. I have overworked more drawings/paintings than I care to rmember.
Thats what I try to do, I try to add too much texture, and just keep trying too hard. Now I am getting quicker and trying to just get it right the first time and then just leave it at that.
Now for finishing up I tried to leave the focus on the face and not too too much with the rest of the body. But I should have shaped my pencil as I got those sketch lines. With the dog being so light and charcoal being peculiar with the kneaded eraser I left it. The spots still managed to baffle me to not end. I really need to start studying fur more. On your suggestion I made the collar smaller. I think that was good advice, thanks for that. I also took out the negative space and normally I get frustrated with that but it turned out better than expected.
First official commission piece started 1 out of 5 drawings. I'm still waiting for a go on the outline before I begin to fill in. I don't know where my file of the good picture went. But here is this. Might start on the outline of the dog too.
Thanks Tinyliny, I'm finally starting to be able to just draw what I see. Which is helping a lot.
Done with this one, may touch up a few spots from over smudging but otherwise and happy with this. It was an elderly greying horse, the horse looked ribby in the photo so I tried to flesh out a little bit. Also tried to pull the focus towards the face more. I'm pretty happen with it.