View Full Version : German Shepherd/ Wolf mix

09-02-2013, 03:26 PM
16 x 20 on Masonite primed with colorfix primer. A commission painting. I lack experience in pet portraits, so if you see anything that needs attention to improve painting, please let me know. Apparently this dog is part wolf, part German shepherd..... how that happens, I have no idea:)


09-02-2013, 04:00 PM
This is absolutely stunning, you really captured the mood! The owner will be very happy.

When people say half wolf, they usually mean a Husky or Malemute, but it sounds cooler to say wolf :-)

09-02-2013, 07:58 PM
I too think you've done a good job. As for how a dog becomes half wolf and half german shepherd, well...umm..no one's told you yet? :D


water girl
09-02-2013, 08:01 PM
Man's best friend at rest. You have captured him very well. I particularly like the soft edges to the leg and tail area, so his head paws come forward. Would you mind posting your reference? I somehow want to see him a bit more grounded with shadow.

09-02-2013, 09:02 PM
Karen, Donna, Ebowalker- thanks!

Karen- ref photo is not that great (surprise, surprise, haha) I did add more shadow underneath in some spots. Does it look better?


and ref photo

I still want to maintain "painterly" look and not be too enslaved to copy photo. Hopefully I did that.

Note- blue in scarf is not so strong and light in real life, camera exaggeration

09-02-2013, 09:33 PM
Lovely! My German Shepherd lies exactly like that with her shoulder blades sticking up behind her head :)


09-02-2013, 10:48 PM
Really nice.


water girl
09-02-2013, 10:55 PM
That's it! Sometimes it's that last little stroke that makes the difference. Yes, not a great photo, but you took it to the next level. They should be very happy with this.

Jo Castillo
09-03-2013, 12:31 AM
Ron, this is beautiful and full of life. I wonder why red and blue are so hard to photograph? Well, not really the technical side. I paint lots of red and blue and it is always a puzzle to get close. Taking my photos in direct sunlight seems to help my camera capture the colors with less fiddling in Photoshop or whatever program. Again, I love this dog....

09-03-2013, 10:04 AM
Hi Ron

This came out great, they should be really hyappy with it!

09-03-2013, 01:59 PM
Nicole, Trudi, Jo, Rockport- thank you, glad you all like it

Karen- thanks for your input, appreciated!