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Autumnwillow
08-15-2007, 08:30 PM
I'm wayyyyy behind on a commission for an infinitely patient client, but this thing just isn't happening for me. She was "fine" (I hate that word!! ;) ) with the black dog when I emailed it to her recently, but fine is not what I was hoping for. Normally I would go with blues in a black animal, but I don't know if that would work with the reddish tones of the background (used burnt umber and burnt sienna, and white). I've been trying to stick with warm colors, but maybe that's what's wrong, maybe I should be using cools in the dogs to make them stand out. I'm really not "feeling" this one, would appreciate any input, suggestions, critique...digital enhancements ok :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Aug-2007/64104-Abbie_and_Hannah_Simpson_8_16_07_rs.JPG

Slightly washed out from flash, sorry, it's dark here ;) and the black and white dog is still being roughed in and eye placement is being tweaked. I dunno, this just seems flat to me, lacking in interest or something... HELP?

Also, any thoughts on how to bring the dogs' bodies down are appreciated too... was thinking about having the b&w lying down and the black's back going down to the left off the canvas maybe?

Ever have one of those portraits that just don't work???? :lol:

Thanks in advance,

Michele

Autumnwillow
08-16-2007, 02:44 PM
Well, I guess I figured it out on my own... I emailed the final to the client and she's "thrilled" so that's all I can ask for. I'm pretty pleased with the final result:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2007/64104-Abbie_and_Hannah_816_07_rs.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2007/64104-Hannah_816_07__rs.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2007/64104-Abbie_816_07_rs.JPG

Thanks for looking!

Michele

winecountry
08-16-2007, 02:54 PM
these are just delightful! and very well done, there are threads on black here...Try Shadow in Spring...only suggestion for the future, there are warm and cool sides to each kind of shadow...so you could glaze over say the left side with a cooler tone which will help make the light direction clear, not that yours isn't it just lends another dimesion to the light, I love the colors you came up with for the black..great job
Colleen

Suzy78
08-16-2007, 02:55 PM
I think this turned out beautifully! I would be thrilled to have such a piece on my easel!

Jakeally
08-16-2007, 02:58 PM
Great job Michele. I was going to suggest you did something about the lower dogs eyes but you have already picked up on that and it looks terrific.
Wonderful, wonderful result.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Wendi
08-16-2007, 02:59 PM
Hey Michele,

I think you've done a wonderful job. These two little guys are so cute!

Becktoria
08-16-2007, 04:06 PM
These guys are adorable! Amazing talent you have with fur!

kpippinger
08-16-2007, 04:57 PM
Love them Michele. Looks like the blue worked out beautifully.

Autumnwillow
08-16-2007, 07:15 PM
Why thank you all... nice to see my DA friends here, thanks guys for venturing out! :D

Yeah, Chris, that first one was still in the works, I got the black dog "done" and just wasn't happy with the depth so thought I'd seek out some advice/ opinions... but I was just too impatient last night and went ahead and dove into the black and white doggie while I was fussing.

I'm so glad this one's practically done... still have to fix a few little things but nothing major.

I thank you all for your input and comments, you ROCK!!

Michele

HRSG
08-16-2007, 10:20 PM
Michele
These little guys are so sweet, and you captured their personalities perfectly. :) Amazing as always.

Autumnwillow
08-16-2007, 10:57 PM
:o

Thanks so much, Helen, that's so sweet of you to say!

Michele

bowerbird
08-17-2007, 02:04 AM
Oh...they are ADOREABLE !! Michele you always amaze me !!

jody007
08-17-2007, 09:21 AM
Wow Michele, these little babies turned out magnificent!!!! I love them both!
Jody

Autumnwillow
08-20-2007, 11:25 PM
Framed and delivered today, client was so happy, made me remember why we struggle with these things...that joy in a person's eyes makes it all worthwhile... ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2007/64104-framed.JPG

Thanks for everything...

Michele

Surfroney
08-21-2007, 01:26 AM
They are gorgeous!