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post #71 of 659 Old 12-24-2009, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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All finished!! Great timing, finished by christmas eve! Gave it to the lady today at work and she was very happy with it. Considering most of it was done after a few drinks last night up till 1am, I'm fairly happy. but have come to the conclusion that fluffy dogs are my nemisis haha. Terrible! And now I have 2 more of the little horrors to draw.
I'll put the photo up of the finished piece when I get home from work tonight.
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post #72 of 659 Old 12-24-2009, 02:01 AM
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I'm not so happy with this one, I think it's just my lack of experience with black animals, particuarly cats, hopefully after a few more I'll have it up to scratch. Feel like I've lost a bit of ability in the last two drawings, I'm not totally happy with them.

Haha I'm glad you liked my dog, that's certainly one of my favourites!

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You're much better at pastels than I ever could be (I mainly do pencil or ink...) anyway, I think what is making max look 'off' to you is his ear is offset slightly, and his eyes are unequal by just enough to make a difference. I guess that's why I love working mainly with lead, because you can go back and change things a bit easier, than say, pastel, or ink! Lol!Although with the layering you can do with pastels, can you go back and revamp things? Or is it a once it's done, it's done kind of thing? And I know what you mean by being extremely 'picky'...Lol! I'll toss sketches that other people are like "oh my gosh, that's gorgeous..."

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post #73 of 659 Old 12-24-2009, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I found the photo difficult to work with as alot of the detail was hidden in shadow and I was unable to retrieve the details by editing on the computer. I rushed it as well, the owner is happy but I am not. Ah well, at the end of the day i get my money and if i have a happy client then thats fine.
You can go back over things to an extent with pastel, but every layer you add it gets harder to re-work and eventually you'll end up with a big blurred mess.
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Looking back over the drawing, I think the issue is that the right hand side of his face (our left) is very awkwardly proportioned. I really struggled with that and as I'm not so familiar with cats i was unable to 'make it up' I guess. The cats face blended in with the background and as I am terrible at editing photo's on the computer, I wasn't able to find where the face ended and shadow started.
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Yeah, I don't do cats much either...as they are very difficult to do...I always hats off and thumbs up to those who can really capture a cat on print really well!

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Here's the horrible little fluff ball dog I've just finished. Sorry I've compressed it too small so it's lost detail!

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post #77 of 659 Old 12-24-2009, 11:36 AM
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You did a fantastic job, I knew you would pull it off!!

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Awww...the ball of fluff is cute

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I think you really did that little dog justice!!! So excited to see the finished piece!!!
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post #80 of 659 Old 12-30-2009, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Next commission.
3 beagles in one piece. VERY happy to have 3 very good photo's to draw from, and short coated woohoo!
I'm doing them in graphite, which could be interesting as I havent done a dog in graphite for about 3 years.





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