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11-20-2016, 02:32 PM


Title: Babe
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Metal
Dimension: 5
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is water soluble oil paint on sawblad dog is from a photo reference , can use help on complete dog head this work is still in progress.

Imput on all in order to make agood likeness

11-20-2016, 05:42 PM
First things first, I cant imagine myself starting a painting with a reference photo like the one you have chosen. The photo is poor quality and the lighting in it isn't any better. Maybe this was the only reference you had of this dog? Either way, creating a nice painting with this reference photo seems a very difficult task, not at all recommended for a beginner.

In your painting, you've managed to capture a really nice friendly expression in the eyes of the dog that your reference photo does not exhibit. Good job on this!

Did you start this painting with a drawing?

If so, I imagine it was not very accurate, because the painting is not an accurate portrayal of the reference photo. This would be virtually impossible to correct at this point. One very obvious example of this is the nose, which is shaped very differently in the reference photo.

My advice to you:

-be very observant to draw and paint what you see, not what you know.

-pay careful attention the the accuracy of your drawing before you start the painting process.


11-21-2016, 01:54 PM
Thank you Jess, yes this is the only photo , and yes I do agree that I did tend to put my own thoughts on how the dog shoud look

Marcie ONeall
12-21-2016, 01:46 PM
The photo is difficult at best but I think you can do it.... Use a grid to sketch the dog then look at the darks and lights and paint those in and then go in and start working the details. Look at other dog photos (especially the same breed or close to it) to get a sense of how the lids go over the eyes, paint in the direction of the hair like you were stroking the dog with your brush. The muzzle is usually split into two sections under the nose, make that split soft and blend it. Because of the fuzzy photo you are having a hard time seeing detail. Look at noses and see how they are shaped when looking up at you like that. He looks like a Beagle so look at few photos of beagles and you will be able to get a good likeness of this pup in the end.

Marcie ONeall
12-21-2016, 01:56 PM
Here is a beagle with a mouth and nose like the photo you have that might help.