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animal
02-13-2001, 12:50 AM
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This is the finished German Shorthair I was working on done on Canson Sketch 9x12 with pencils HB and 2B http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Barbara
02-13-2001, 06:59 AM
Really nice animal.
One thing I see (wish I had seen it during the earlier sketch stage to comment) is that the eyes dont line up. The right side of the face is higher than the left.
But the eyes themselves are beautiful!! Very lifelike. And the coat is great too. Just what they look like with the little freckles on the nose. I think your drawing is improving leaps and bounds.
Barb

Barbara
02-13-2001, 07:05 AM
Animal:
Have you ever done those sketch excersizes where for faces (usually people but works for dogs) you make an oval and then draw an arc for the placement of the eyes and a perpendicular line down the center of the face and then a line for the placement of the nose and mouth? Anyone know what I am talking about. It was a long time ago but I saw it in one of the "How to draw" Walter Foster books I used to use as a kid. It also told how to measure and determine the distance between forehead and eyes and nose etc. so you get the proportions right before putting all the detail work in.
Barb

animal
02-13-2001, 10:24 AM
Thanks everybody for your comments.

Barbara: I have heard of those sketch excersizes but haven`t done them before

idahogirl
02-13-2001, 01:07 PM
Animal,

He's charming. You have captured the essence of the personality of this particular dog.

Great work,

Dee

Roan
02-13-2001, 09:41 PM
Animal:

Hope you don't mind -- please don't take it that I don't like this dog, it's great! -- but I've noticed something with the last few head shots you've posted that may explain why the features etc., aren't lining up. You may not even realize they aren't.

Hrm, this one, the tiger and the new one you have in Critiques, I think. Anyhow, they all seem to "lean" to the right. I don't know how else to explain it. The right side features (my right) seem distorted. Almost as though -- dang it -- I do remember 25 or so years ago doing the same thing. I remember people telling me it was leaning, but I couldn't see it and I'll be darned if I can remember how and when I corrected it or why exactly I did that.

Thinking. I THINK it had something to do with the fact that I kept the paper at an angle while I was drawing. I had it skewed to the left, like I was writing cursive or something, and it wasn't until I stopped doing that and stepped back from the drawing occasionally that it stopped. Again, I THINK that's what it was.

Not sure. Anyone else?



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dodger
02-16-2001, 07:29 PM
You're right, Roan. Sometimes, your work surface could have something to do with it...if the angle of your drawing table is too flat, it can distort your perspective.
Animal, have you ever tried looking at your work upside down, or in a mirror? It's a trick that many artists use (me included)...it gives you a fresh look at your work & exaggerates anything that is off.
Barb also had some good comments about the exercises.
I like the expression...German shorthairs do have that energetic look about them! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Roan
02-17-2001, 04:30 AM
Judy:

Thanks for seeing it. I really don't like to post stuff like this because I'm not much of a critic and don't want anything taken wrong http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

I just sat and looked at it and then put my hand over the right side of the dog on my monitor. The left side is AWSOME! REALLY well done (try that animal. Scroll up to your image and put your hand over the right side of the dog's head -- divide it in half. VERY VERY well done). Then I put my hand over the left side and it was like it was two totally different dogs.

I really really feel that if animal can fix the 'lean' he's going to get SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many OOOOOOOOOOOOHs and AHHHHHhhhhhhhhhs in Critiques his head will spin :P

And then maybe he'll start working in color :P

(Actually, if truth be known, animal, I admire the fact that you are pretty much shying away from color for now -- whatever the reason. Most people dive into color too early, before they master the drawing part).

Just my 2 cents :P

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robinsn
02-17-2001, 05:32 PM
Based on another topic where Animal asked about drawing on the floor or table, I came back here and tilted my monitor so that I was looking up at the dog from the bottom left corner and lo and behold, the distortion disappears. I would bet, Animal, that when you draw, you are looking up at the drawing from the left corner - lying on the floor and drawing with the right hand would do that.

Animal - try your next drawing looking straight on to the paper, and I bet you'll have a real winner. Your techniques are really good! Except for the distortion, this dog is excellent. I use a large 'clipboard' made for drawing. It helps a lot!

In the meantime, you could hang this drawing in an upper right corner of a room and it would look great. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Roan
02-17-2001, 08:41 PM
My god, Randy, you hit the proverbial nail BANG on the head! I read your message, tilted my monitor so I was looking at it from the bottom left, and WOW, all in proportion!

Great observation and I can't wait to see animal's next piece!

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animal
02-17-2001, 08:56 PM
Thanks everybody for your comments. I have also noticed a lean in my drawings but never knew how to correct it. Would a drawing table be able to correct this where I have the reference image right beside my drawing and look staright on at the drawing?