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Crias
03-20-2001, 07:21 PM
<FONT face="Comic Sans MS color=blue">The following is a drawing that I "finished" over two years ago, however now that I have "advanced" with my art I feel that it would look better with a simple background. I do not, however, want to detract from the drawing, so I am not sure what type of background would complement it, if at all. </FONT f>

<FONT face="Comic Sans MS color=blue">Any and all comments welcome. Background, or leave it? If background, what? </FONT f>

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Cathy Sheeter
Sheeter Zoo Crew Animal Art
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taghera
03-20-2001, 07:53 PM
Leave it.

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wendee
03-21-2001, 02:27 AM
I agree...leave it..can i take him home too...lol....wendee

LarrySeiler
03-21-2001, 08:09 AM
Personally, I wish this had been done as a mixed media....pencil, white conte...on a gray paper so that the light as a vignette would appear stronger on his head and back. That is a very nice feature, but with the overall white of the board...it fails to stand out as it should.

I think intuitively as an artist, you feel that it too ought to be thee strong visual dynamic, and thus you stuggle thinking about a background because you sense a need for a contrast to bring this nice drawing out more three dimensionally.

I would suggest some thought too about how to sign your name. Rolling it along the dogs lower edge just doesn't say "Hi, I'm Cathy, a professional animal portraitist!" Needs to have some flair, but not in a way to take away from the work. Slightly down and away from the drawing. Just a suggestion.

-Larry


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Crias
03-21-2001, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by lseiler:
I think intuitively as an artist, you feel that it too ought to be thee strong visual dynamic, and thus you stuggle thinking about a background because you sense a need for a contrast to bring this nice drawing out more three dimensionally.

I would suggest some thought too about how to sign your name. Rolling it along the dogs lower edge just doesn't say "Hi, I'm Cathy, a professional animal portraitist!" Needs to have some flair, but not in a way to take away from the work. Slightly down and away from the drawing. Just a suggestion.

Thanks for your comments. I think you hit the nail on the head that I feel the drawing would benifit from more contrast with the background. I will leave it for now, but may still come back at some time and add a background...maybe with CP or some other colored medium. Also thanks for your comments on signing. I guess I never really know where to sign a picture without detracting from it.

Thanks again!



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Cathy Sheeter
Sheeter Zoo Crew Animal Art
www.geocities.com/sheeter_zoo_crew/

LarrySeiler
03-21-2001, 11:40 AM
Not a problem. My pleasure!! Look forward to seeing more of your work!

-Larry

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animal
03-22-2001, 08:57 AM
I like the expression on the dog`s face. As for the background, I would leave it as it is. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Gary B
03-22-2001, 09:25 AM
Larry knows what he's talking about. For this one, however, you could add some cast shadow opposite the light source, blended to the white, and under his leg and side.

Great intuitive drawing.

Gary

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