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07-27-2009, 06:46 PM
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Whenever commissioned for a pet portrait, I try to come up with something that doesn't look like it was a shot from the Sears Portrait Studio. Here I cropped the composition very tightly on the face and went extreme with the lighting contrast.
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07-27-2009, 09:25 PM
Hey TScottDove: It's been a while!!
It's beautifully done, however it reads as an overexposed photo a bit too much for my taste. I'd go back in a put tone and definition in that blasted out area. I don't think you are flirting with Sears Portrait with this because of the cropping and the stylized, air-brushed look of it.
07-28-2009, 09:29 AM
Hey - what's so bad about Sears portraits?
Next to White Castle hamburgers, they're the stuff of dreams.
Nice to see you posting, Scott.
I'm with Allan, just a bit more color in the high value areas and this is a winner.
07-28-2009, 11:25 AM
Love it... bet the client does too. 48 x 48 - I would love to see a photo of this with a chair or sofa near so we can appreciate the scale of it!
07-28-2009, 02:43 PM
wow...too cool...at that size...I think all the rules change...it has a quality all to itself....it's not even a dog anymore....
I'm soooo not smart enough to contradict the experts...but I actually like the white parts...it's a statement isn't it...?
perhaps a little more gray for the transition..(in fact they may even be there irl?)....
especially the sharp spot on his ear....but just a subtle bit?....
so as not to loose the graphic effect that I'm sure looks very striking in this big format......yd
07-28-2009, 08:21 PM
Beautiful work scottdove! You even caught the snarl, I can almost hear it!
07-30-2009, 03:16 AM
I think the jpeg might be a little more blown out than reality, but point taken. I need to watch that.
Attached is a pic with me (left) the dog owner, and the dog himself. The owner had contacted me about painting the dog as an anniversary present for the wife, but there wasn't time before the date. He said he'd do it for Christmas...
Just a couple of weeks later, the wife contacts me about doing a portrait for the husband's birthday. So when she brought him by the studio to surprise him, the surprise was on both of them.
07-30-2009, 08:21 AM
This is the best dog portrait I've seen for ages, his character just shines through
07-30-2009, 12:44 PM
Wow! ....lovely story Scott ....absolutely beautiful portrait!
it's brilliant and i wouldn't change a thing!
i've a wolfhound with a perpetual bad hair day that this idea would work really well with!
bravo, i'm betting they Love it and you're gonna get some commissions out of it!
07-30-2009, 03:21 PM
looks great - and you totally avoided being schmaltzy
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