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11-13-2015, 12:17 AM



Title: Old English sheepdog pup
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Other
Dimension: 9
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

To help this is on chalkboard , and I used water soluble oil paint. And water color pencil

Likeness of Old English sheepdog pup portrait

11-14-2015, 03:36 PM
looks like a sheepdog, but a reference photo would be helpful because the forehead looks transparent/see through and i'm not sure if it's suppose to or not.
same with the angry 'eyebrow' and the separation of ears to head. without seeing the reference i have no idea how close to it you've come.


Dana Design
11-14-2015, 04:21 PM
You've done nicely on the fur but there needs to be some separation using shadows around the ears and neck. And I'm wondering why his eyes are different shapes. The eyes are what gives a portrait life and when they're "off", the result is off.

He is very fluffy and I like fluffy!

11-14-2015, 06:34 PM
Ok but I can't upload the reference photo it won't let me and I can't change it so it will take it darn, but I do appreciate the comment

11-14-2015, 10:18 PM

Ok this is the photo of the pup I used for the painting

Dana Design
11-15-2015, 01:13 PM
Beautiful dog! But...look at it flatly, look at the lights and darks...that gives the dog's face "shape", "dimension", "depth". You can do it!

11-16-2015, 02:57 PM
Ok one more time, lol what do you think? http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2015/1977557-Untitled4

11-16-2015, 03:33 PM
HI, what a great work you've done! I think when pondering the photo that the challenge is suggesting shapes of the dog in the art piece: The photo's whites on the right side of the dog's head are, as they say in digital photography "blown out". This means that there isn't any information there - everything is clipped to white.

So, if you can study the actual dog now (your dog?), or even just think of the light falling from the left onto the dog - think of three major shapes:

a) the giant ball of the head, b) the big tube of the muzzle, and the c) large "tube"/"cone" like shape of the body.

How would the lighting from the left fall on these shapes, and change the fur? Of course, you have artistic licence here too, you can "create" the effects without being literal to the scene at hand.

Then there's the artist challenge of bringing in application methods that suggest the forms. The beautifully groomed dog is a fluffy powder ball, not suggesting much variation in general details. Artistic licence can be "unleashed here" :) as well.

So that moves us on to a possible third consideration: How have artists managed the special challenge of white, and/or very furry dogs? That could take some searching. Perhaps other forum members know of, or have examples we can take a look at. I too would like to paint a friend's white dog, so I'm wondering about these things. If I find anything, I'll share.

Thanks for sharing your art!


11-16-2015, 04:02 PM
good update, he looks much more complete now
check his muzzle, specifically the furry space on both sides of his nose and how it transitions away from his nose and down.


11-16-2015, 06:04 PM
Thank you two, I think the tongue on him looks lot better to more dimensional now has a form to it.

11-16-2015, 08:38 PM
Second image looks much better. Nice job with the corrections :)

11-17-2015, 07:30 AM

11-17-2015, 09:48 PM
Maybe a bit more darks around his nose /mouth, see where his right ear bumps out a bit in the ref kind of even with ther top line of his mouth?
Then the head won’t look as round.