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post #281 of 659 Old 02-12-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Tiny, the background that he was on in the original photo was red dirt in outback Australia, I didn't want to draw in red sand in detail, but he looked 'lost' with no sense of ground without something other than blue, so I just threw a few colours into the background ;)

As for sizing, well I go by 'A3/A4 etc.' just to make it easier to word, but have the exact measurements on my website. Basically in an advertised 'A3', the portrait itself will measure 15x12 inches, or 37x30cm.

I am currently working on my next commission, which is an A2 graphite piece of a horse's head and partial body. Will be keeping me busy for a while I think!
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post #282 of 659 Old 02-16-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Latest commission on the go... it's HUGO!! So far i've spent a good 7 hours on it and you can barely tell I've done anything... in this for the long haul!



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post #283 of 659 Old 02-17-2011, 12:28 AM
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Man. That is exactly the eye! I find the eye very hard to get, I mean really hard. Sometimes I catch the essences and other times, it just doesn't look right. That one has depth and feel. Wow!
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post #284 of 659 Old 02-17-2011, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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haha thankyou tinyliny, I enjoy doing eye's and always do them first, as I think if the eye isn't right then you can get the rest of the subject perfect, but it will never look like the client's horse if the eye is not right. I spent months only drawing eyes and I'm still not 100% happy with them, but I'm slowing getting better
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post #285 of 659 Old 02-18-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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post #286 of 659 Old 02-20-2011, 08:06 AM
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Finished. VERY fussy client :S I've done a dog for her and she made me change it about 6 times, but she's come back for a horse so obviously I can't be THAT bad.

hey, im like posotive i've seen that in a horsewyse magazine, theres that and a dog?
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post #287 of 659 Old 02-20-2011, 01:03 PM
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I truly admire your patience in detail! I never seem to be able to put that much time into fur! I always get impatient & smudge it all together! Lol!

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Yep MW, I have advertised in horsewyse a couple of times and ran a competition in there in the last edition.
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post #289 of 659 Old 02-20-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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I truly admire your patience in detail! I never seem to be able to put that much time into fur! I always get impatient & smudge it all together! Lol!
Hahaha it's tempting to smudge it all together that's for sure, especially with such a huge piece!!! In all the 'dark' areas of fur, there are a minimum of 9 layers of graphite. I've spent over 20 hours on it now *sigh* think I'm going to get RSI by the time I finish it!!
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post #290 of 659 Old 02-21-2011, 09:14 PM
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Wow! I really admire your artwork. Makes me wish I could draw!

Oh..about your photos. Sounds to me like you need a better camera. Some cameras just don't work as well as they should. Or fool around with the different setting if it has them. You'd be surprised at how well something as off-base as "Flowers" (actual setting on my camera) can work. I also think it would be a good investment, as your clients will be able to have a more accurate feel on how their commision is going.

Sorry for the rambling/random discussion about your camera
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