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04-14-2013, 09:42 AM
I thought I'd put this WIP in here, hope to get your input. It's a commission and I'd value your opinions!
Here's my steps so far:
Not happy with the spots right now, but I'm not done. Had to get out the gouache....
04-14-2013, 10:25 AM
I think is is lovely!! Your drawings are spot on and the colors are coming along great. Can't wait to see your finished painting.
04-14-2013, 11:38 AM
Coming along great Patty.
04-14-2013, 01:52 PM
Looking beautiful, Patty, all those spots :eek: ! Only one little nit, the right side (his right) of the retriever's nose looks a little wide to me, or more curved outline that it should? You had it right on the drawing.
04-14-2013, 02:05 PM
Lynn, thanks for the observation, I'll take another look at that. I'm sure I can lift that out a bit and make it a bit narrower there.
04-14-2013, 04:04 PM
Wow, I'm impressed with what you've done so far. That spotted coat on the one dog is really hard to capture, but you are doing it.
04-15-2013, 04:40 AM
Fantastic WIP. Each step could be a finished painting. Can't wait to see the final version. Excellent!!!!
04-15-2013, 06:21 AM
Thanks Sylvia...I'm really struggling with those spots!
Jan, thanks! There have been times when I wanted to stop and call it finished, but don't think the client wants a half painted dog! LOL
04-16-2013, 07:41 PM
It's looking good, Patty... and frankly, your spots are spot-on... :) Their expressions are very engaging and hold my attention...
I'm curious now about your plans for a background... the guy on the left is disappearing more and more as the guy on the right takes form...
04-17-2013, 01:39 AM
This looks great so far! The texture's spot on.
04-17-2013, 06:36 AM
Thanks, Char! I will be bringing the lighter dog out more with the background. It will be a washy muted blue. That last picture did wash him out, but I think it was more my poor photo-taking abilities!
04-17-2013, 12:31 PM
This is looking great...the owner's going to LOVE you!
04-17-2013, 03:05 PM
SUPER job so far Patty! I too love their expressions. THis is going to be great; the brindle dog looks FAB!
04-17-2013, 06:46 PM
Thanks so much Suzanne and Darla! I wish I had more time this week to work on it, but I'll get back to it on the weekend.
04-19-2013, 07:12 PM
This is progressing beautifully. :thumbsup: Nice composition and placement. I can see the spots would be difficult but I think you're on the right track. Just going to be a bit fussier to do than you had hoped, I imagine.;)
04-20-2013, 08:30 AM
You've got that right, Brian! I think I'll try and get this done today. Thanks!
04-20-2013, 09:48 AM
Here is where I left off last weekend....hope to get it finished today.
04-21-2013, 08:52 AM
As per client request, made changes to the Pointer's eyes and muzzle. Working on background.
04-21-2013, 11:18 AM
I'm glad you did that, the eyes look much better and the background is coming along fine.
04-21-2013, 12:10 PM
Your changes look to be right on. :thumbsup: Compared to the ref photos you've really poured life into these guys. So much more than a photo could ever do. This is one you should be especially proud of. Looking forward to seeing the finish. :)
04-21-2013, 01:51 PM
You are doing a great job
Perhaps you can flatten the right side of the chest a litlle bit and also bring up the nose a little bit more and darken it some more. The nose seems to have a slightly different angle on the picture
04-21-2013, 02:30 PM
Thanks, guys! I'm just waiting for my last wash to dry to take a picture. Margareth, I'll take another look at the noses, not sure which one you are referring to.
04-22-2013, 01:21 AM
This really turned out beautifully. Wonderful portrait.
04-22-2013, 03:00 AM
This is sooo good!
04-22-2013, 06:32 AM
Thanks John and Suzanne!
Here is the final version. My PSP stopped working so I downloaded GIMP for my photoediting....so may look a bit different, trying to figure it all out. :rolleyes:
The client likes it and will be picking it up some time this week! :thumbsup:
04-22-2013, 08:31 AM
Beautiful finish, Patty. Thanks for showing us the steps along the way.
Don't forget to post the finished painting in The Gallery with a link to this thread so people can visit who haven't seen it before. ;)
04-22-2013, 11:46 AM
Oh that turned out so nicely! It might be just me but I think the thing which really sets the whole piece going is the tone and hue of the background. Those eggshell blues and greys add to the richness of the doggie coats :D
04-22-2013, 07:18 PM
Thanks Sylvia! I didn't even think about posting in the gallery, thanks for the reminder!
Laura, I always seem to gravitate to those colours with animals for some reason. I really like them.
04-22-2013, 09:27 PM
I really love the way it came out.
04-30-2013, 10:57 AM
Just beautiful. So impressed with your work and the critique given along the way. As a novice, that is what is going to help me the most.
Patty, I was wondering if you could speak on the way you achieve your backgrounds. This seems to be my most major stumbling block and I have a ream of paintings not finished because I simply do not know where to start. My instructor has spoken of contrasting and complementary colors and values but I need to know WHERE and HOW to start. Your painting by painting snaps really gave me a great deal to work with but if you have some instruction to add, or if there’s a thread to go to, I would be most grateful.
05-01-2013, 06:01 AM
Thanks so much, Charlotte!
I'm off to work in a few minutes, but this afternoon, I'll try to put something together to explain how I do my backgrounds!
05-01-2013, 08:57 AM
It finished up really nicely Patty and I can see why your client liked it. Great portrait.
05-05-2013, 10:05 AM
If anyone is interested, I did a quick tutorial on how I do my washy backgrounds in this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19601966#post19601966).
05-06-2013, 08:03 AM
Oh I know this will come out beautifully done, so far it's looking great.
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