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Roan
01-30-2001, 11:00 AM
Repeat of Critique Forum post:
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All done! I took some pictures outside and here's the best one, cropped as suggested.

Soft pastel on suede mat board, cropped about 10x14"

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LarrySeiler
01-30-2001, 11:20 AM
Lookin' good....

there is one small minor thing I'd do to make this a little better. Its a principle that the masters discovered, and many painters use a scumbling brush technique to achieve it. With pastel, easier yet.

If you simply look at a basketball, apple, any rounded object, close one eye..then another. The obvious observation is one eye sees more of the rounded form going back into space than the other eye. With both eyes open, one eye seeing more info than another...this creates a fuzzying effect that the unconscience knows to be then rounded. By taking your edges of the shoulders, the back, etc., and wherever the edge would be less sharp, less defined..softening the edges, and it will appear to be sitting more in real time and real space environment. To not do this is to risk the object looking like a decal pasted ontop of the background. Make sense?

Larry
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"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

Roan
01-30-2001, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by lseiler:
Lookin' good....

Thank you!

there is one small minor thing I'd do to make this a little better. Its a principle that the masters discovered, and many painters use a scumbling brush technique to achieve it. With pastel, easier yet.

If you simply look at a basketball, apple, any rounded object, close one eye..then another. The obvious observation is one eye sees more of the rounded form going back into space than the other eye. With both eyes open, one eye seeing more info than another...this creates a fuzzying effect that the unconscience knows to be then rounded. By taking your edges of the shoulders, the back, etc., and wherever the edge would be less sharp, less defined..softening the edges, and it will appear to be sitting more in real time and real space environment. To not do this is to risk the object looking like a decal pasted ontop of the background. Make sense?


Definitely makes sense! I have a small, flat sable I use for light brushing, should work for this. I'll just lightly feather the dark brown Sennelier into the ochre lines and that should round it out. I think I've hesitated to do that in the past for fear of making things too "fuzzy".

Thanks muchly, Larry.



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Roan
01-30-2001, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by Gisele:
This is excellent!

Thank-you very much, Gisele!


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ReNae
01-30-2001, 04:47 PM
Roan,

He is absolutely gorgeous! What a great way to immortalize him!

I agree with Larry, now that he pointed it out! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Warmth,
ReNae

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Roan
01-30-2001, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by ReNae:
I agree with Larry, now that he pointed it out! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Thanks, ReNae!
Takes an old hat like Larry to point out the finishing touches. I'm really grateful.



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dduchene
01-30-2001, 09:25 PM
Beautiful Roan..I agree with larry all the way and I would offer another small point .....the white on his neck looks a bit bright to me, it seems to be at the same level as the white on his lower jaw..perhaps shadowing it below the jaw to push it back in space somewhat? The face is absolutely gorgeous!! and I love the croping....great work Roan!

Darrell

Roan
01-30-2001, 10:40 PM
Originally posted by dduchene:
Beautiful Roan..I agree with larry all the way and I would offer another small point .....the white on his neck looks a bit bright to me, it seems to be at the same level as the white on his lower jaw..perhaps shadowing it below the jaw to push it back in space somewhat?

What the . . . DOH! omg, she has an overbite! Thanks for pointing that out, Darrell. ROFL!

The face is absolutely gorgeous!! and I love the croping....great work Roan!

Thanks! Glad I hadn't started making changes yet :P



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Gisele
01-31-2001, 12:18 AM
This is excellent!
Gisele

animal
01-31-2001, 05:18 PM
Roan, I like the face of this dog, it is very expressive. KEEP POSSTING MORE....

Barbara
02-06-2001, 05:57 AM
Roan:
Your dogs are gorgeous! I am a dog groomer and see loads of dogs everyday -- you capture so much expression with your paintings.
I am in awe especially that you do this in pastel! I had no idea this was possible actually.
Those two dogs Casey and Max look remarkably like two that come into the shop for daycare each week. Right down to the expressions!
Barb

LDianeJohnson
02-06-2001, 05:29 PM
Roan,

This is the first time I have seen this portrait. I cannot believe you captured all this in a mere 11x14. This boxer is as cute as he/she can be. Larry's suggestion for soft/hard edging is a good one. With pastel, it is a minor and easy thing to adjust for yet make it even more real than you have already captured.

Roan
02-09-2001, 06:01 PM
Oops, I didn't realize there were more replies to this post. Sowwy!

Thank you very much, Barbara http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I'm glad to hear from a dog groomer who sees these breeds every day. I've not much experience with boxers at all and was thrilled with how well this came out.

Once again, thank you.

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Roan
02-09-2001, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by animal:
Roan, I like the face of this dog, it is very expressive. KEEP POSSTING MORE....

Thanks, Animal, and I sure will!

Right now I'm taking a bit of a break -- I bought Baldur's Gate 2 :P

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Roan
02-09-2001, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by Artistry:
Roan,

This is the first time I have seen this portrait. I cannot believe you captured all this in a mere 11x14. This boxer is as cute as he/she can be. Larry's suggestion for soft/hard edging is a good one. With pastel, it is a minor and easy thing to adjust for yet make it even more real than you have already captured.

Diane, thank you so much!

I misquoted the size, it's 13x16. Since I was cropping I just did a rough guesstimate.

Tomorrow I'm going to be framing it and I'll be doing those touch-ups then. I've found with suede that I have to "blow" off the painting very lightly to get rid of some of the dust that settles on the darks. I'll take some pictures of it just before I do the framing, weather permitting.

Either Saturday or Sunday Kim and I will drop in on Ashley to give her the painting. Hopefully it won't be too tearful and she won't mind if I take pictures of her, the painting and their new boxer puppy, Dixie.

Dixie is SO cute and has a lot more white on her. She's very rambunctious too. I have a huge 8 inch long and rather deep scratch on my leg from our first meeting http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Puppies! Gotta love them, even with just-clipped nails :P

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[This message has been edited by Roan (edited February 09, 2001).]