View Full Version : Prada in charcoal

12-12-2015, 01:11 PM
This was done as a gift to my daughters friend. It was difficult to do because the photo, which I stole from her Facebook photos, was so dark you couldn't tell the position of the dogs right ear. Plus the dogs right side of the face was completely in the dark, as well as the dogs right leg blended into the shadow so you couldn't tell what was shadow and what was leg. Most of this portrait was a guessing game. When you are going to steal a photo, why don't people post good ones to steal?
All C&C welcome and appreciated.

8X10 inch Charcoal on Canson Sketch Paper
It is on white paper, and in the photo it is white. I don't know why when transferred to WC it looks blue.


12-12-2015, 01:48 PM
What a lovely gift! Adorable! :)


Vivien Maloney
12-12-2015, 01:58 PM
Its beautiful Dottie!
It's so difficult when your ref photo isnt good, but youve made a great job of this!

12-12-2015, 02:02 PM
Thanks Bunny and Viv for your nice comments.

12-12-2015, 03:01 PM
When you steal a base sometimes you have to slide :angel: and your slide was perfect.....Great Job Dottie

12-12-2015, 04:11 PM
Thank you Donna. I love your comment.

12-12-2015, 09:11 PM
Ilike it :)

12-13-2015, 12:16 AM
Well done Dottie. You can desaturate the photo and lighten the highlights to make it white again on most image viewers

12-13-2015, 03:23 AM
great job after all

12-13-2015, 08:55 AM
Thanks fedetony and Robert.
Thanks Christel, I'm going to have to try that.

chammi kaiser
12-14-2015, 05:22 PM
Well done Dottie. You guessed perfectly. I am sure your daughter's friend will be delighted with this delightful, generous gift.

12-15-2015, 04:57 PM
Thank you Chammi.

Fred Lines
12-15-2015, 07:07 PM
Hi Dottie

Reckon your charcoal is like a magic wand, you certainly pulled this one out of the bag considering what you had to work with. Know what you mean about working from a bad photo I have just finished a watercolour of a white kitten for a lady at our local art group who wanted the painting as a Christmas present for her daughter, it was a night mare, had 10 photos to select one from all taken on her mobile & there was only one I stood a chance with. She seemed happy with the painting but not me! Never been so glad to finish a painting. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:



12-16-2015, 08:36 AM
Thanks Fred. Water colour is my least favorite to work with. I'm never satisfied with the results. Good reference photos are getting more difficult to obtain because people are using their phones instead of decent cameras. Escaping into the world of charcoal will have to be set aside awhile. It's back to oil painting again. I'm working on a moose. Did you post the kitten? I don't remember seeing it.

12-16-2015, 10:49 AM
I would say you overcame the challenge ! Nicely done.

12-16-2015, 04:36 PM
Thank you DLT for your nice comment.

Fred Lines
12-16-2015, 06:08 PM
Hi Dottie

Only finished the kitten late Sunday gone & delivered it early Monday morning, forgot to scan it so I do not have a copy, if I had remembered I would have posted it, sorry. Need a minder I guess. Look forward to your oil painting of a moose, . I am currently doing a watercolour of a leopard & there is a lot of BG so will have to be on my best behaviour as BGs are not my strong point.

Take care


12-16-2015, 08:12 PM
Fred, Good luck with the background.

12-19-2015, 09:13 AM
A beautiful composition. I am sure it will be treasured by the owner of the cute canine. Thanks for sharing.

12-20-2015, 01:02 PM
Thanks Shawn. She was thrilled to receive it.

12-21-2015, 12:16 PM
I think you've done an excellent job Dottie, particularly with having such a poor referral. Funny how the white looks blue, but I must say, I rather like it, it looks good with the colour of the dog, well done.

12-21-2015, 02:03 PM
Thank you Monica. Your comment is appreciated.