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03-03-2017, 12:47 AM
Little rescue kitten - pastel on Uart


03-03-2017, 06:25 AM
Lovely portrait of a beautiful kitty. Very nice work on the eyes and fur textures.
It was suggested to me once by another WC member that I should attempt to attach the animal to the side and/or bottom of the painting on pet portraits. In their opinion floating heads were a bit "wonky". Obviously do as you wish but over time I have found that I agree with their assessment. Hope you do not mind but I've taken the liberty to crop your image to help illustrate their opinion. In this instance showing a little more chest would improve my crop

03-03-2017, 07:21 AM
Nice work on the kitten. I also agree that not having the head floating in space makes for a better overall presentation.


Donna T
03-03-2017, 09:25 AM
Oh my goodness, who could resist giving a home to that beautiful, sweet face? Very nicely done!

03-03-2017, 08:29 PM
What a sweet painting of this kitten. I want to pet that furry little body! You've done a great job of painting all the colors in the eyes too.

03-04-2017, 05:01 PM
Thanks guys - Bobbymac I will bear that tip in mind :)


03-04-2017, 05:20 PM
Thanks guys - Bobbymac I will bear that tip in mind :)


Only if you want to. I've seen many portraits by professional artists who use the same technique as you have used. There is another " theory" that says the exact opposite of attaching the image at one side; that one says if you do that it makes the portrait look as though it is falling off the page.

IMHO you did a good job of softening the fur around the bottom of the neck as though it has become a part of the background. This way it doesn't look as though it is a cut-out pasted in place on the paper. But to each their own. :)

Frances Obie
03-04-2017, 05:35 PM
I agree with Peggy. I prefer the uncropped version. An unfinished area at the bottom implies what is below and does not at all look cut off to me.

03-04-2017, 05:58 PM
I like the way you did it with the original image. Just beautiful. Perfect, I would not change a thing.

03-04-2017, 07:40 PM
I like it uncropped. You did a beautiful job!

03-05-2017, 09:51 PM
I was actually just being polite :)

I agree that an abrupt hard line at the neck makes the animal look like it's been decapitated but a fading out I think is quite painterly...


03-06-2017, 03:27 PM
Aww he is wonderful!
Really fantastic work with all that tabby fur! :cat:

03-08-2017, 08:10 AM
Very effective...I love the sense of alertness you've achieved.