04-25-2011, 10:55 PM
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This is going to be a tough choice for you since there seems to be a difference of opinion on both drawings, each with their own merit.
In my opinion, I like the first painting more. To me it has more depth over all and doesn't look "rushed" like the second one does. I speak from experience because I have redone drawings before and felt rushed on the second attempt. I also think The first one is more true to Cody's expression. The white paint throws off the tones a little, but not enough to take away from the soft sweet expression in his eye as it pertains to the reference photo. He looks almost scared in the second painting. I personally like the touch with the whiskers and when I look at the painting I am drawn first to the eye and then to the muzzle which is brilliantly done and deserves attention. I think some paintings are most appealing when there are more than one focal point and I think the first painting accomplishes just that.
This is all just what I am seeing, but both paintings are magnificent and I am sure the client will love either one. Have you considered just showing her both paintings and seeing which one she likes most? Or do you not want her to know you did 2 seperate paintings?