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Dave Hawk
03-05-2012, 06:12 PM
I hope you can see this. It will emerge as a black wolf standing next to an Aspin with dark backgroung.

03-05-2012, 06:38 PM
I know I am going to love this!!! I can see it:wave:Nicki

chammi kaiser
03-06-2012, 04:21 AM
Dave, I shall have to catch up with this when I get back at the end of March. Wouln't miss it for anything.

Dave Hawk
03-06-2012, 07:35 AM
Thank you both for for looking Chammi you have a great and safe trip.
I played with this last night and blacked out the back ground . I have have always done the animal 1st but I thought this time I would change up. Some of you fine artist are rubbing off on me LOL ............that's a good thing. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

03-06-2012, 10:16 AM
loving the whole series of these and seeing another one coming in as a great painting. got my chair up front


03-06-2012, 10:55 AM
Another one already? Wow, you are really cranking these out! I wish I was as productive, lol. This one's going to be great! I love the composition and idea behind it already.

03-06-2012, 12:05 PM
Ohhh Yes! I will certainly be watching with interest and excitement!:)

Kathrin G.
03-06-2012, 12:35 PM
After watching your last one unfold, I cant wait to see this come together :clap:
I am right in the front row beside Laurie, coffee anyone :D

Dave Hawk
03-06-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks everyone. Ever get them chills when you feel something good is happening. Well I did reading everyone response. Thank you all so much.

My who life style is changing. One who hunted none stop for 30 years. Now that I don't have 3 growing boys to feed I am getting the 2nd life going , back to painting. Well almost I do have my Big Harley and there is nothing like a nice ride. :wave:

03-06-2012, 02:30 PM
can.. not.. see... j/k... awesome fun times!

Dave Hawk
03-06-2012, 03:19 PM
Art you will be able to tonight after I post up the blocking in.

Dave Hawk
03-06-2012, 08:49 PM
Blocking in and painting plant life. This is fun. I'm feeling a bit like I'm shpry cjangimg tjos guy by not having Any water for him. May a bowl full would help.


Dave Hawk
03-11-2012, 10:59 PM
Made it back this morning from a weekend mens retreat and started back in with this one. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc291/DHHawk/20120311_215802.jpg

Dave Hawk
03-24-2012, 10:31 PM
Finally got back in the saddle.

03-24-2012, 10:47 PM
Ooo, this is looking so nice already! If it's this good now, imagine what it will be like completed! I especially love the darker grass in the background and how it transitions to the well lit grass in the foreground.

03-25-2012, 12:23 AM
I love watching wip's! this is going to be gorgeous!

03-25-2012, 09:18 AM
Wow - so cool to watch this unfold - thanks for posting progression

Dave Hawk
03-25-2012, 11:54 PM
:) This wolf is a challenge, the many of shades of black make it interesting.
His eyes appear a bit small , cc's welcome

03-26-2012, 12:53 AM
OK Dave, I am getting goose bumps!!!! I love it and can't wait to see it finished:clap::clap:Nicki

Dave Hawk
03-26-2012, 10:14 AM
I need to know , are the eyes to small ?

03-26-2012, 10:59 AM
I am wondering too if they are but will add that they do seem off in some way. I esp am wondering about the right one. Looking at it but its left eye. Without the ref its hard to tell though. I sure have a lot of respect for you taking on a all black one. WHEW scary for me. I have a black spaniel to do and am procrastinating on getting started on it. Got a seat in hear to watch it.


Dave Hawk
03-26-2012, 11:40 AM
Thanks Laurie , I'm mostly using a deep blue with black and a touch of red and white to get my grays. Their is a lot of playing with tints to get the right gradation. I keep going back and forth to weed out the lighter spots and then have to reverse it back to highlights.

03-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Hi Dave , the eye on our right looks a little cross eyed if you notice the pupil on the left eye seems centered, but the right one goes in toward the nose. I think if you graduated the highlights and started them a little further away from the the eyes themselves, the size would work itself out. Hope that helps:wave:Nicki

Dave Hawk
03-26-2012, 08:40 PM
Thanks NickI, I back on ot this evening working it out.

03-27-2012, 12:38 AM
Hi Dave,
This is coming along VERY well! Always exciting to watch a WIP from you!

I hope you don't mind, but I took your photo and did a tiny bit of editing in my photo editing program. The eye on the viewer's left looked off to me, so i'm glad you brought up the eyes.
I've moved the eye closer to the bridge of the nose(muzzle) and increased the size a bit. I think if you would also do the suggested changing of the viewer's right eye's pupil it would help as well.
Again, I hope you don't mind, just trying to help-
looking forward to whatever you decide!

Dave Hawk
03-27-2012, 09:03 AM
Thank you Barb that is a big help. Wish I know how to use that program.

chammi kaiser
03-27-2012, 09:49 AM
Dave, I think this is looking great. Super work on the tongue area by the way. I would perhaps yellow the teeth a little with browner markings nearer to the gums. They are a little to stark in their whiteness. Forgive me if you are already planning on doing this. Not easy to do black fur but you seem to be doing that just fine - perhaps a touch of blue here and there. Really looking forward to the finish.

03-27-2012, 01:20 PM
Thank you for showing this. I particularly like the the way you show the power of the legs and the straw. Is there a bit more light from the left side - and if so is the left eye (his right( a bit brighter than the right? Anyway.. beautiful and powerful. Best regards. :-) Henning

03-27-2012, 02:35 PM
Looking good. Great work! :thumbsup:

03-27-2012, 03:20 PM
Hi Dave,:) I like Barbs sizing, and I think if you just put more cornea color (gold) between the right pupil and his bridge of his nose, like his left eye? I think that would work.

Dave Hawk
03-27-2012, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the comments, they are helping a lot. Due to tje nature of the blacks and shadows that will be work out om the rigjt sode of the head I a hoping the shadpwed eye works out, here OS where I left off last night.

Dave Hawk
04-01-2012, 04:05 PM
# is coming along

04-01-2012, 04:17 PM
Absolutely stunning, Dave! Definitely my favorite of yours thus far. Can't wait to see more. :)

04-01-2012, 05:24 PM
Woweeee so nice!

04-01-2012, 05:49 PM
Beautiful wolf! The colors are stunning!

04-01-2012, 06:23 PM
Absolutely wonderful :clap:

04-01-2012, 06:43 PM
this is making me feel like I should leave, hide, soemthing! looking good!

Dave Hawk
04-01-2012, 07:43 PM
I am sincerely surprised here. I was wondering how this would be received and I am very glad it's receiving such high marks. Thank you!! Thank you!!

04-02-2012, 12:11 AM
Looks fantastic Dave, as usual.:) I especially love how you have painted the tongue and mouth area.

Dave Hawk
04-02-2012, 09:46 PM
Little by little this is coming together. I love working the small details but in doing so they bring out big changes, and the big changes make the all things give life and character to the subject. I am so enjoying learning from just doing.
When I am gilding for a client I am remind, in the trade we don't say we are professional at what we do we say, we are practicing our trade. That's how I feel about painting. I am learning with every stroke.

chammi kaiser
04-03-2012, 02:40 AM
Wow Dave, this is really coming alive. Love the way those grasses are almost the same colour as the eyes. Looking terrific.

04-03-2012, 07:05 AM
This is really looking great! :clap:


Dave Hawk
04-03-2012, 09:25 AM
Chammi, I have to get some color in there, all this black is taxing on the eyes.

04-03-2012, 12:44 PM
A big wow from me Dave, its looking fabulous:clap:

Dave Hawk
04-03-2012, 04:06 PM
Heading out of town till the 9th have fun painting. !

Dave Hawk
04-11-2012, 09:07 AM
Finally dove back in last night and worked the ears and top of the head and body. Ahh its good to be back if only for a few days http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc291/DHHawk/20120410_231827-1.jpg

04-11-2012, 09:19 AM
Dave, I am so enjoying watching this painting come along! It's already gorgeous, so much fine detail - can't wait to see the finish!

04-11-2012, 01:25 PM
My favourite animal and you've captured it beautifully!

04-11-2012, 04:39 PM
great job so far

Dave Hawk
04-11-2012, 10:11 PM
Working pn the dark marks on the aspen tree. Very time consuming, 4 hrs on these.

chammi kaiser
04-12-2012, 06:03 AM
You are doing a fantastic job here Dave. Thoroughly enjoying the process. That aspen bark looks like an excercise in extreme patience!!!

Dave Hawk
04-12-2012, 09:59 AM
Thanks, dealing with blacks from darkest to lightest layer on layer and then moss it has a look of a slight 3D with these black makes on the tree are. It really suit my erratic way of using a small brush or pen action.

04-12-2012, 11:57 AM
OH WOW look at the detail in that wood. This is really coming along Dave. Really want to see how you do the white parts.


04-12-2012, 12:11 PM
Coming along Wonderfully! I'm enjoying the process!

Dave Hawk
04-12-2012, 09:20 PM
Tree bark is coming along.

04-13-2012, 10:07 AM
This is looking great - can't wait for the finish!!

04-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Wow! That is really turning out outstanding :clap:

04-13-2012, 01:28 PM
That tree bark is amazing!!:)

Dave Hawk
04-18-2012, 10:25 PM
:) Thanks, I really think that the tree is an essential part of this painting. Giving the wolf a platform to make his presences.

04-18-2012, 10:55 PM
Wowwwwww. Hats off to you, Dave, this is amazing.

Dave Hawk
04-18-2012, 11:12 PM
Thanks Lynn

04-19-2012, 11:00 AM
I too must WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW Dave that bark is amazing. You put so much detail into it. It has really set the wolf to the back and given a realistic look to it as it woudl be in the wild. Love it. HEY I got a fan just like yours in the picture :lol:


04-19-2012, 12:01 PM
Wow! The bark is fantastic!! This is going to be so beautiful because it already is amazing!! :clap:

04-19-2012, 12:02 PM
Wow, that is some truly stunning bark, Dave! You've done an excellent job on all of this so far. :D

Dave Hawk
04-21-2012, 02:33 AM
Just about done. I will have a few days to devote to finish this. I had a little accident with my Harley this evening. Layed ot dpqn at a slow speed in a turn and broke 2 ribs. Now to heal and paint.
Need some cc's on finishing the wolf, all ate welcome.

04-21-2012, 01:58 PM
good heavens Dave that has to hurt.. I ahd 2 broken and 3 cracked a few years back.. thought I was never gona catch my breath again. I do hope u heal fast and feel better soon.

I think its so washed out its hard to tell much BUT the wolf and the background seem to fade into each other. Is it that way IRL? I wonder if you put something else behind the head if it might divide that tree and it from each other OR bring up more hilites on the wolf? I still cant get over how great that front tree and bark look. Wow


04-21-2012, 02:41 PM
Oh no - I hope you get better soon (my hubby has a Triumph and I just hope he doesn't have any little accidents anytime soon) How's the Harley?

Dave Hawk
04-21-2012, 03:06 PM
Well the Harley got away with minimal damage. The insurances will take care of it.

04-21-2012, 10:32 PM
Dave, wishing you a quick and full recovery.:crossfingers: The black fur must be a challenge, you've really done a great job on it! Still loving the tree.:)

Dave Hawk
04-22-2012, 09:56 PM
Thanks Paige. Tree has given me some ideas for future painting. I was able to sit up for about 3 hrs today and paint. Only believe one more sitting and ill be done.

04-23-2012, 12:01 AM
OUCH Dave! Glad you are OK enough to paint! Heal fast :)

Dave Hawk
04-23-2012, 12:14 AM
Thanks Peggy, I'm on the mend.

chammi kaiser
04-23-2012, 04:15 AM
Dave, how ouch is that. Broken ribs are so painful. No laughing , no coughing. Thank goodness you did not have more serious injuries. I do wish you a speedy recovery and as little discomfort as is possible under the circumstances. No crits from me. The birch tree is beautifully painted . One can almost feel the textures. I am looking forward to seeing how you tackle the fallen tree behind the wolf. hug (no sorry, I'll take that back)!!

Dave Hawk
04-23-2012, 12:33 PM
No problem Chammi, I'm a hugger lol, thanks. I am hopeing to have this done this week. I can only sit for 2-3 hrs at a time then I get restless under the pain killers.

04-24-2012, 12:56 AM
:eek: Ouch, Dave, sorry to hear about your little mishap. I ride too, I also was at slow speed but didn't wanna lay her down, so I wrapped my leg around her to keep her from falling and whataya know, 3rd degree burn against the pipe.(My bike escaped without a scratch though!!lol) Didn't feel it till later. Took 11 weeks as an outpatient at the burn unit and they wanted to do a graft but I opted for a tattoo instead. But I digress, no more falls, okay? We want you to get on the mend so's you can comfortably finish this gaw-juss wolfie here. It is jaw dropping good. Be safe!!:grouphug:

04-24-2012, 01:31 AM
Hi Dave painting is looking good
I broke two ribs in a bike accident too couldn't sleep laying down for three days after you get use to it or so tired that you sleep anyway good luck

Dave Hawk
04-24-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks guys. I figure 8 days till I get some repreive from the pain.
I'm finished for now unless I see something. The pain killers are skewing my inspiration for painting.

04-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Dave, this looks so amazing! You should be very proud of this one. Definitely my favorite of yours so far. I hope you'll have a speedy recovery--especially from your pain.

Dave Hawk
04-24-2012, 09:46 PM
Shalese thank you so much.

Colorfur Critters
04-25-2012, 01:17 AM
Fantastic work! So lifelike, it's amazing.

04-25-2012, 02:12 AM
Beautiful work...like always! :clap:

04-25-2012, 02:14 AM
Looks wonderful! Amazing detail! :)

04-25-2012, 06:38 AM