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SusieGS
07-02-2010, 03:02 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-02-2010/227170_Molly1SFW.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-02-2010/227170_Molly2.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-02-2010/227170_MollyDone_WM_WebJ.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Miss Molly finished!?
Year Created:
Medium: Pastel
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 9 X 10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
I think I'm finished! This is a commissioned painting of a friend's daughter's dog.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Would like any input, shading, proportions, colors, etc. Pretty happy with the way this came out, but always looking for ways to improve! I'm including earlier stages, one with the reference photo. I have more commissions waiting in line, and I still have this piece, so all comments/suggestions will be welcome!

Corby
07-02-2010, 04:58 PM
a wonderful painting!

SusieGS
07-02-2010, 06:07 PM
Thank you Corby!! :D

jbart
07-02-2010, 08:32 PM
Beautiful work. Nice job on the fur and especially the eyes.

climber-man
07-02-2010, 08:40 PM
This looks a lot like the dog I adopted. Do you know what the breed is? Great painting! You've captured the fun-loving spirit of the dog

tgsloth
07-02-2010, 11:21 PM
Outstanding. I would have liked to bring the body down to the bottom of the picture frame. Vignetting seems a bit unworthy of the wonderful skill you've shown in depicting the dog.

SusieGS
07-03-2010, 02:48 PM
JBArt, Thank you so much!

Climber-Man, don't know what breed, she looks like she has maybe some greyhound. Thanks for your compliments!!

tgsloth, thank you also, and Molly isn't framed yet. I will make sure she is framed as per your suggestion!

SusieQ:D

bliblob
07-03-2010, 03:55 PM
good overall. just make some highlights and darklights. it's a little flat. if you could increase the contrast it would be much more dimensional. i don't think you have far to go though.

SusieGS
07-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Thanks Bliblob! It's a little washed out in this shot, I can't seem to get the photo taking thing right..... but I know what you are saying, I've been thinking about that myself. Having a little problem with I guess it's called wax bloom when i try to go dark. Where the paper gets shiney, and I can't get more color to stick. Any suggestions? I'm using Conte, and Strathmore paper, which I'm not sure I like a whole lot. I want some sanded paper, but it's a little more costly than I can do right now.

cathaden
07-05-2010, 09:00 AM
beautiful drawing; very alive !! Can you spray workable fixative with pastel without ruining the work? That's what you do for cp; I've never worked with pastels?

SusieGS
07-06-2010, 12:09 AM
thank you cathaden! I have been using a workable fixative between layers. I was wondering if that could cause the problem I've been having. The one I'm using tends to tone down all the colors and tones, so I'm starting to avoid it more and more.

cathaden
07-06-2010, 08:22 AM
well...hope you find a solution with wax bloom, but this portrait is great.

valentine girl
07-06-2010, 11:10 AM
a great painting. wonderful detail on the fur.********sandy

SusieGS
07-13-2010, 02:54 PM
Thank you Cathaden, and Valentine girl!! Really appreciate the compliments!!:)

I have made some changes to Molly, and managed to get around the wax bloom problem! :smug: I simply used some of my soft pastel sticks over the conte pencils, worked great! Increased contrast, I'm loving it much more.

I have to thank all of you guys and WC for inspiring me and making me much braver with my work. For some reason I was not even thinking about using anything but the pencils, even tho I have lots of sticks. Now I want to try the watercolor underpainting, and all kinds of things!!! So glad I found all of you and Wet Canvas!!!! :clap:
SusieQ

Harry Seymour
07-13-2010, 06:28 PM
Terrific!

Yayagal
07-13-2010, 07:53 PM
You did an amazing work, I love it.

SusieGS
07-14-2010, 12:05 AM
Thank you Harry!! Thank you Yayagal! Your compliments are totally appreciated!