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Lexycat
03-16-2012, 09:32 AM
This is a commission I've started of a lovely Red Setter/Lab mix called Savannah - still a bit all over the place with the pastels, but taking it slow. She's lying on a wooden floor, but I might change that to a blue rug for better contrast, I have permission! Size is 10 x 13 ins on a very pale grey pastelmat card.

maleaco
03-16-2012, 10:25 AM
I just want to pet him he looks so real!

I cant wait to see the finished product

Winky'sMom
03-16-2012, 10:29 AM
Oh this is coming along nicely, can't wait to see updates. I love the expression you have captured already. Looks like a sweetheart!

nickib
03-16-2012, 11:20 AM
Hey Lexy!!! a winner for sure:clap::clap::clap:Nicki

evartpat
03-16-2012, 12:01 PM
This looks so sweet already! Great eyes!!

birdlady
03-16-2012, 01:08 PM
awwwwwwwwwwww looky at them eyes...Love the start

Laurie

KarenESP
03-16-2012, 01:47 PM
That's already startling to look at, going to be GREAT

ArtbyPeggy
03-16-2012, 03:22 PM
Lexy what a beautiful start!!!
Pulling up my chair :D

online art
03-16-2012, 04:24 PM
Great work so far :)

coconut
03-16-2012, 06:15 PM
Oh those eyes are so expressive - makes me smile. Looking forward to the finish.:wave:

wildlifeart89
03-16-2012, 07:57 PM
What a cutie! Loving the softness of the fur!
Paige:)

vapsman88
03-16-2012, 11:44 PM
Looking fantastic, Lexy!

Barb'sArt
03-16-2012, 11:51 PM
WOO HOO! Gonna be a stunner! Love the expression lexy, and the detail is looking great!

snowfall
03-17-2012, 06:21 AM
Looking good so far. Lovely expression!

Pam

PatrickHedges
03-17-2012, 06:14 PM
Looks gorgeous so far!!

FaeLynn
03-17-2012, 09:47 PM
Very nice!!

Colorfur Critters
03-18-2012, 01:19 AM
What a stunning WIP. I can't wait to see the finish.

lisapencil
03-18-2012, 04:09 AM
Looking great so far Lexy :cat:

Lexycat
03-18-2012, 08:02 AM
Thanks very much everyone for taking the time to comment on this:)

I attach an update, I haven't finished the ears and lower face area as yet so will work more on them - I hope the foreground colour looks ok, I dont tend to do swatches or tests, I'm impulsive and go right in what I think, I will add some more shading to the area. I love pastels, so much quicker than coloured pencils!

Barb'sArt
03-18-2012, 09:29 AM
looking really good Lexy!
Don't you just love the pastel pencils? I tried Color pencils, did about 5 pieces. What a work time difference heh?

skappy
03-19-2012, 09:05 AM
Very good Lexy I love the expression you re doing well with pastels too
Robert

Lexycat
03-19-2012, 09:43 AM
Thank you Barb & Robert - someone told me they thought this looked "cartoonish", it wasnt meant as an insult but of course I am looking at it now with fresh eyes and wondering if its worth continuing, it may look cartoonish and I've missed that, so if others think so please let me know - I am nervous now as its a commission:crying:

Lexycat
03-19-2012, 11:11 AM
Another update, have now sent on to person who commissioned it as a surprise for his partner, so will wait and see the reaction.....

FaeLynn
03-19-2012, 12:39 PM
Beautiful!!! You always get such soulful eyes :-)

birdlady
03-19-2012, 12:52 PM
I am still in love with that look and oh my those eyes. I dont feel it looks much like a cartoon at all. I think the best thing is to wait and see what the client has to say and go from there.

Love it

Laurie

vapsman88
03-19-2012, 02:41 PM
Lexy, the foreground is a perfect compliment to the Setter's red color.

I had Setters for years, they are great dogs.

~John

nickib
03-19-2012, 03:32 PM
I think it is beautiful Lex!

Lexycat
03-19-2012, 03:53 PM
thank you so much FaeLyn, Laurie, John & Nicki, I feel better now:) :grouphug:

I wont get a chance to finish this until next weekend, and will post final update then.

Barb'sArt
03-19-2012, 04:39 PM
Hi Lexy!
This is really coming along now! :thumbsup:
NO, it doesn't look cartoonish at all!
One small thing that is drawing my eye(hope you don't mind), is the top of the muzzle(not the nose, you've done a fantastic job on the nose), where the defined line meets the 'cheek area", I think it would read better if you soften that transition, between the light of the top of muzzle to the darker area as it meets the cheek areas. Does that make sense? just vary your values a bit in that area(on each side of muzzle) and I think it would give it a more rounded appearance.
Sorry, i get too wordy as I have a hard time explaing myself in print:o .
I'm sure the client will aprrove this tage and cannot wait for the Finale!

nickib
03-19-2012, 04:43 PM
Oh my gosh Barb, I wanted to say that but couldn't think of how to say it,lol. So yes Lex, exactly what Barb said and it will be awesomundo!!! Nicki

ArtbyPeggy
03-19-2012, 04:51 PM
No it doesn't look cartoonish to me! Love the eyes and the super silky fur :clap:

skappy
03-19-2012, 05:20 PM
It looks good to me Lexy and not cartoonish the eyes are gorgeous
Robert

lisaastrup
03-19-2012, 06:44 PM
Oh, she looks great and kind - love the eyes a lot.

lisaastrup
03-19-2012, 06:47 PM
looking really good Lexy!
Don't you just love the pastel pencils? I tried Color pencils, did about 5 pieces. What a work time difference heh?

I got interested in your comments becurse I have just made a CP drawing and it took "forever" to finish.
Can you tell me about the pastel pencils ???

Barb'sArt
03-20-2012, 10:32 AM
Don't mean to hijack your thread Lexy, but to answer lisa's question. I use alot of sticks(various brands) as well as pastel pencils for details. The brands of pencils I prefer are Derwent and CarbOthello, the Carb's being my favs.
The surface I prefer(haven't tried Pastelmat but want to soon) thus far is Ampersand Pastelbord. Hope that helps.
Again, my apologies Lexy.

Lexycat
03-20-2012, 02:01 PM
Thank you Barb, Niki, Peggy, Lisa & Robert!

Barb you are right about the centre part of the face, it definitely needs refining and improving, will do that....

Nope, dont mind at all - was meaning to ask you anyways about what pastels you used:) I also like the carbothello pencils, but I think the Contes are great as well, picked up a full set half price from my local art store without knowing anything about them and they are really good strong pencils. The white one is the best of all for white fur IMHO. I love the softness of the Derwents and the great colour range, but they break very easily I find when sharpening - although maybe the newer range they brought out has improved when it comes to this???

Lisa the main difference between the 2 mediums is that coloured pencil is translucent and so takes many light layers to build up depth and richness of colour which is very time consuming, pastel pencils are opaque so you need much less layers, although its easier to get more detail with cp's. Hope this helps!

lisaastrup
03-20-2012, 02:09 PM
Thank you Barb, Niki, Peggy, Lisa & Robert!

Lisa the main difference between the 2 mediums is that coloured pencil is translucent and so takes many light layers to build up depth and richness of colour which is very time consuming, pastel pencils are opaque so you need much less layers, although its easier to get more detail with cp's. Hope this helps!

Thanks Lexycat, glad for the answer, maybe I should try some pastels, but they are so expensive if I don't like to work with them :smug:

bluemoonstar
03-23-2012, 12:09 AM
Its beautiful - love those deep brown soulful eyes! My mother had a Red Setter, they're such gorgeous dogs!

Lexycat
04-11-2012, 02:58 PM
This one has now been approved by the person who commissioned it, and another red setter commissioned by the owner of one of Savannah's siblings,
they are beautiful dogs so happy to do another.....

skappy
04-11-2012, 04:29 PM
Looks Gorgeous Lexy Bravo
Robert:cat:

Marmsk
04-11-2012, 04:42 PM
I knew it would be good. Its gorgeous!

chammi kaiser
04-11-2012, 04:59 PM
Beautiful dog, fabulously rendered Lexy. The eyes are so touchingly innocent!