View Full Version : What's So Cute About That New Baby, Anyway?

05-18-2003, 02:54 PM
This is my latest colored pencil on dark brown paper.

It's Brutus, my niece's boxer. We had traveled down to Florida from Philly to see our brand new grand-nephew. Took lots of pictures of the baby, much oohing and aahhing, and then I turned around and there was pitiful Brutus pouting in the chair, being ignored.

I am letting this rest a few days before I look at it again, so if any of you have some improvements you can suggest, I might be able to do them (if I have any tooth left on the paper, lol!)

Rose Queen
05-18-2003, 02:59 PM
Poor Brutus! At least somebody paid him a bit of attention...very nice portrait, Robin.

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05-18-2003, 03:37 PM
Aww, how cute! What an understanding dog, though. At least he wasn't jumping all over the place and interrupting the special occasion!

Paul Hopkinson
05-18-2003, 06:37 PM
Corr he looks so unhappy, probably lost his bone or couldn't find a friendly tree nearby!
Seriously though you have done a remarkable job on this and when you decide to come back to it in a few days all I can say is "leave it be!" This is great work!


05-19-2003, 12:40 AM
It pays to pout, Brutus go a self portrait out of it....lol
And a beautiful painting too! Looks done to me.

05-19-2003, 12:50 AM
Oooh, how cute!!! he looks terribly deprived of attention. poor guy was probabl;y suffering a lot. LOL. dogs are great. the only thing that jumped out at me is maybe darkening shadowa where his hind leg rests agains his side; i guess it'd be called the stifle (or maybe not-could just be that on horses....:confused: ). other than that, it looks great!! it's sooo cute! great work!
P.S CONGRATS on your new grand-nephew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D :D

05-19-2003, 09:26 AM
Thanks, you guys! I will work on some more shading on him. I don't think I can brighten the highlights but I think I'm going to try and do the darkening. But I like it and am chicken that I'll ruin it! So easy does it....

Thanks for your suggestions. I really do appreciate it. You know what it's like with family/friends, they all just tell you how good it is and don't ever help you with improvements. I am really trying to grow.

05-19-2003, 09:31 AM
This is great! I really like the textures of the couch and the dogs face.

05-20-2003, 10:00 AM
Thanks so much. I have to say, I was worried about it working since he is looking off the page I was worried the composition was not correct, but I just LIKED it, you know? I think it worked because he's not looking AT anything.

05-20-2003, 02:56 PM
Poor old guy! You did such a great rendering of the expression! The only tiny thing I can see, which may be because of the scan, is that his head looks like it's not making any dent at all in the couch cushion, so IMHO, I think he doesn't look "quite" as pitiful as he would otherwise. Great job! I just want to give him a big hug!

05-20-2003, 03:43 PM
Thanks, Suzy. I did fix that in the final. I am sure it was the flash washed it out and I didn't see it. Still insecure about not following my reference....although I'm getting better. I think.

05-21-2003, 02:46 AM
Oh that poor wee pitiful pup!! What a great job you did of capturing the essence of what he was feeling and conveying it to the rest of us!! I think this is wonderful, especially him looking away and showing how neglected he is. Poor thing!!

Very good work!:clap: :clap: :clap: