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    03-21-2013, 12:14 AM
Oh wow! Looks awesome! I think a blanket would look fine for the backround. :)
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    03-21-2013, 12:34 AM
Maybe a picnic blanket? Or something soft and cuddly?
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    03-21-2013, 10:12 AM
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You know I honestly wasnt convinced you'd do great with the Yorkie but Wow you have really nailed it. Well done!!!
School work does matter but if you can end up making money from your art work then all the practice will not have been a waste
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    03-21-2013, 04:57 PM
Jaydee, how could you not be convinced....HorseCrazyTeen always nails it
When I try to draw fur...especially long fur, it all ends up as a wavy mess. Maybe some cushions or a couch would be nice. Or as EmilyJoy suggested, a picnic blanket! Then you can draw FOOD in the background or trees far away while the foreground shows the cute dog on the picnic blanket. Maybe a leash can be seen somewhere near to show the viewer that the dog is going on a fun outing? Just some ideas LOL. As for the dog---- That looks so REAL! Even that timid little look on his/her face!! So dogly (some made up word I suppose...). Well...just like a real dog. DOGLY!

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    03-22-2013, 02:43 PM
Oh, the little Yorkie is so cute! You are a fantastic artist.
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    03-22-2013, 02:56 PM
Originally Posted by HorseCrazyTeen    
Thanks you two! The dog itself is finished now. I haven't drawn a background yet-- haha I've been stalling with that because I can't decide what to do for it. I obviously don't want to draw what is actually in the picture... I'm thinking I'll just make it look like she's on a blanket. Any ideas maybe??
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Here's my suggestion:

Do the absolute minimum of a "background" to make it appear that the dog exists in real space and is standing on some kind of surface. The hair is very busy and active. The background should be super quiet, or you'll have a competition going on. Just use a simple shadow under the body and feet, angling to the left, I think. It will indicate the light source being to the right/front. Will that work?

A basket would be too busy. A blanket would be ok if you simply imply a few folds, not draw the whole thing. Grass would be way too busy.

Less is more.
    03-22-2013, 08:32 PM
Hmmm, I agree, tinyliny. Thanks! And I'm definitely not going to make it look too busy... I've already spent a LOT of time on it and don't want to spend a whole lot more on it anyways. I think I'll just imply that there's a blanket there, then. Or if I get lazy I'll just do the shadow you were talking about.

Thanks to all the rest of you, too! Those ideas were good, and I'll probably use some of them sometime for a different drawing. Thanks for the comments!

Here is how far I got on the second dog, plus the reference photo. I'm trying out the grid method for the first time. I like it, except for the making the grids part. Ha ha.


As you can see I'm trying to make the dog seem perkier by raising the ears... Do you all think it looks right?
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    03-22-2013, 08:43 PM
He looks less sleepy with his ears higher. :)
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    03-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Honestly I totally wish I could draw that well!
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    04-03-2013, 05:33 PM
Beautiful dog
Beautiful drawing!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished drawing!
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