View Full Version : Dog in Pastels x-posted in A&W

11-22-2009, 06:34 PM
You may remember my thread re the poor ref - well I decided to use pastels for the final portrait. I would welcome any advice as I'm not used to this medium. As you see I don't have much detail to work with on the ref so I had to use my imagination! 8"x10" Canson M T using Nupastels & Derwent Pastel Pencils.


Paula Ford
11-22-2009, 07:11 PM
Very nice work here Jenny!

11-22-2009, 07:36 PM
Jenny this really nice! You did well with the ref. photo!

11-22-2009, 08:15 PM
Wow, nice job! How you got such a beautiful dog painting from that blurry ref photo is beyond me!


John B
11-23-2009, 04:18 AM
I love it...it looks my do 'Rags'


11-23-2009, 01:54 PM
Thanks everyone - I made a few alterations including whiskers and darkened it - I think I'm gonna call it done - unless you spot anything else which needs attention.

11-23-2009, 01:57 PM
What a beautiful job!

Merethe T
11-23-2009, 05:26 PM
Great job, you've painted a beautiful portrait. The ref is really hard, I'd probably never taken on a job like that. You did good! :)

11-23-2009, 09:02 PM
Thank you so much for your kind comments pathagle and Merethe. I agree Merethe I would normally refuse with such a poor ref but it was for a friend who is recovering from a 2nd stroke. I would much prefer to have taken some pictures of her present dog who is beautiful and painted that but she wanted a picture of this one. I'm just hoping it looks something like it:( I believe that if I get the eyes right then I've cracked it but as I can't see the eyes............... I'll just have to keep my fingers x-d.

11-24-2009, 12:44 AM
Hi Jenny, this is beautiful. I love the fur. I have one comment though, that the dog you have painted seems a smaller dog than the one in the reference. The head looks a little longer as does the snout. The dog looks a similar size to a labrador to me. But like you said, it is a very hard reference to work from and you've done an amazing job. The eye you've painted has such life in it.