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Old 04-14-2012, 03:16 AM
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First Time Post in Forum...Shih Tzu dog

hi everyone...this is the first time that I have ever posted in this forum. I am usually in the pastel, acrylic or landscape forum.
I am thinking about doing a series of these dog illustrations to sell. I did this piece with art markers, so I thought that I should post it in the Illustration forum instead of the Pen & Ink forum.
I would appreciate any thoughts that you have about the piece, critique etc. Also, I would like to find out if I have a good concept here or am I just working on a project that I am wasteing my time on. Last year I wasted alot of time on a project, a series of pieces that didnt sell and people had no interest in.
Thanks from a first time poster.
I didnt see a monthly challenge in this forum, I love monthly challenges.
Thanks for the input.
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this is size 9 x 12 on sketch paper done in all markers
there are bright spots near the eyes which is the reflection of the camera flash
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:19 AM
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Re: First Time Post in Forum...Shih Tzu dog

I went to your website and thoroughly enjoyed your 'style'.

I find your "mat" to be distracting from the dog, the pieces on your website, in particular "Bright Eyes" and "Fiona" are very attractive as they are. If I was to suggest anything at all as a drawn border, it would be a Celtic style interlace in a soft effect. Your work is certainly more than good enough to sell with a 'gimmick'.

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Re: First Time Post in Forum...Shih Tzu dog

I really love the dog, excellent job on that! I would definitely second birdhs in saying that the border is just a little too distracting from the dog, as the main subject. Maybe using a softer color, like a shade of brown or blue, and simple swirls or a celtic knot. Perhaps sort of a "frame" with a wood effect would be neat too. :-) Anyway, great work, and I think art of this sort is definitely sellable!
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:22 PM
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Re: First Time Post in Forum...Shih Tzu dog

joanna....thanks for your response. I think you are right, maybe I should use another color pen, blue possibly like you have suggested.
I was trying to do a border piece and not do the typical dog in the yard or dog on the bed or sofa. I am trying to appeal to a larger crowd by not putting the dog in a situation where someone cant relate to the dog. ie, dog on the beach, dog in the park, dog hiking with owner, dog biking with owner etc
My thoughts on the border were in lines with Zentagle drawings and also of those art boards from the early 1970s where artists would color them in with color pen, I used to do that as a pre-teenager. I think Michaels sells these art posters for coloring. They were not coloring books for kids, but coloring posters for adults. In the 70s they were groovy to do hehehehe
I know that I made the lines way too thick, the cheap paper made the ink lines bleed. I will definately use your idea and make the lines navy or purple, that way it wont interfere with the dogs coloring.
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I really love the dog, excellent job on that! I would definitely second birdhs in saying that the border is just a little too distracting from the dog, as the main subject. Maybe using a softer color, like a shade of brown or blue, and simple swirls or a celtic knot. Perhaps sort of a "frame" with a wood effect would be neat too. :-) Anyway, great work, and I think art of this sort is definitely sellable!
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