View Full Version : Husky Commision WIP

06-30-2015, 02:29 AM
Since I took the liberty to take some time to do my last project (the Mongolian), I've had a few orders come in and start to back up ... so I don't get a few days grace unfortunately *yawn*

So todays (and the next few days) project is a clients dearly departed Husky. I have actually been dreading this piece because of how my last efforts went with the Shepard (who still isn't finished :evil: ). However today I really took the time on my sketch and I think this time its paying off ... all the main players are where they should be (eyes, ears nose! :lol: ) which is making things come together so much more accurately! :clap:

So here she is (or part of her) ... I have around 6 hours in this including the couple that it took for me to get my lines right. Paper is Cansen and A3 size and i'm using pastel pencils as usual.






The small photo you see at the top of each of these photo isn't the photo im using as my main reference ... but my main reference photo is pretty pixilated so im using two photos of the dog to try and get correct colour etc (mind you because of the very different lighting it almost looks like 2 different dogs!)


06-30-2015, 03:10 AM
This is looking really good so far. One point I would bring to your attention is the colour of the husky's nose, it seems far too red, as do the inside of the ears. This may be your photograph, or maybe your reference. Huskys ears often have a touch of pink in them as the blood vessels are close to the surface there. Their noses are usually black or grey, sometimes with a pinkish brown stripe down the front known as "Snow nose". maybe check some pictures of huskies on the net, you may be working from photos with a red cast.

06-30-2015, 03:24 AM
Hi Pugwash ... the photos im working from are this red ... Im not sure if it has to do with the colour of the dog which is apricot ... you can even see in the photo at the top of each picture that the dog has quiet a red nose ... and its sitting in the shade in that photo. The dog is actually quiet pink around its eyes and around its mouth ... it seems to be related to her coat colour :D thanks for bringing it up though

(I just went and double checked and it seems the photo has brought up the red here more than it is in real life ... it has more brown with a pink/red undernote to it in real life ... both dog and my piece ... all good ;) )


06-30-2015, 11:41 AM
Great job so far. I have to do a grid when drawing any animal to get features right so I admire your drawing skill. Pam :wave:

06-30-2015, 07:36 PM
Hi Pam! ... I actually used my PC to help me get the features in the right place ... another member here gave me the idea and I basically draw a rough sketch of the animal, take a photo of my sketch and then put it into photoshop and place the photo over my sketch, fade out the photo so I can see my lines and then sit with the PC and my sketch and just using my lines as a guide make adjustments until im happy ... I usually have to put my sketch into the PC a few times before im happy enough to move on ... so I suppose its almost like using a grid ... Im never after an exact copy of the photo but as long as the features are where they should be the rest I cn get away with ... and as we all know, when you are drawing some ones pet ... the features need to be right! LOL

I hope that all made sense, here is a horse a did a little while ago which shows what im talking about ... it just gives me a guide as to how far out I am ...

07-01-2015, 12:23 AM
All finished, no background for this one, I prefer to keep the portraits simple. I haven't signed it yet ... i'll just wait for the buyer to give me the thumbs up before I do that :) (she was pretty happy yesterday though! :clap: )




07-01-2015, 03:05 AM
Lovely work!

07-01-2015, 06:11 AM
It looks great. And the owner is happy? Then You did a good job. Lovely.


07-01-2015, 08:39 AM
Thank you Margaret and Jay ... Yes, owner is VERY happy ... owner happy, im happy ... every one is happy! :D