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Old 04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
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Border Collie Trio - Finished

This is my new commission a trio of lovely Border collie type dogs.
I will do this stage by stage so I hope it works out!

I am using Mountboard again, a full sheet A1. This is Daler Rowney Ash grey, which has a lovely linen texture to it.

First I have used a grid to size up the basic drawings of the collies. VERY time consuming, but essential for eye and feature placement in my opinion!
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I usually start on the left hand side and for some reason with the ears!
I am using too many colours to list (Though I will if you want) but includes 3 or 4 greys, an umber and sienna, ivory black, white, cream and lilac.
A combination of Derwent watercolour, caran d'ache supracolour and Im trying the pablo.

First layers of hair going on. I only shade the deeper & flatter areas, for everything else I build up as hairs. The ear has lots of light catching it, still a way to go before it looks like light and not patchy coloured hair! I always go light to dark, looking at the ref and picking out the lightest shade to start, layering on darker colours. You can see the first layer on the head in greys, the ear has had 3 or 4.
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You can see the linen effect as the camera has picked it up brighter than RL, I love it!
Thanks for looking in!
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:34 PM
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

This is going to be awesome! Thanks soooo much for sharing your progress. I am sitting comfortably with a hot drink, and a biccy to dunk! I will be watching and paying attention. I am hoping I get brave enough to tackle an animal myself.

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Old 04-27-2010, 05:37 PM
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WOW. Steph....this is going to be an amazing piece. I can see the attention to detail that you take already. Great!!!! I am, as they say, pulling up a chair to watch this one develop.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:39 PM
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

Totally agree, If your other work is anything to go by, this one is going to be awesome......................
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:28 PM
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Ooh, lovely - looking forward to this Now, if only Rachael would stop hogging all the biscuits and pass them around

Steph, I see that that board on the SAA website is only shipped within the UK, a lot of their supports are I'll have to check is it available here but I'm not holding my breath.....
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

Already I can tell that this is going to be stunning! Thanks so much for doing a WIP! Imagine.... three border collies holding still!
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:57 AM
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

Thanks for sharing this WIP.
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Great,you share a WIP with us Steph!
Now we can follow how you make those beautiful paintings^^
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Oh this is going to be great. I am following this one and taking notes. Thanks for sharing, a great learning experience for sure.

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These dogs are going to be beautiful. Will be watching
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

I can see their personalities already Steph! Thanks for sharing this as a WIP!
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:21 PM
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

Hi Steph ..

Well done, a great start ..

It looks fantastic on Jen's laptop .. I'll bet it looks absolutely stunning on my 26" monitor ..

I'll be following this one closely & learning as we go ..

Bye for now,

Kev ..
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Will definitely come back for more! Thank you for making it a WIP
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:24 AM
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Re: Border Collie Trio WIP

Thanks everyone
I have done a bit more, its taking a while to layer the fur but it is so much fun. I have done the eyes of the first dog, I am really looking forward to getting the nose and mouth in
I have taken stage by stage photos of the eye posted (I hope) below. I have introduced a blue grey and a deeper purple, also the eye contains a very small amount of green.
Actual size of the eye is 1" corner to corner.
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There is a lot less graininess in RL, I will get better pics later, this is close up 'warts and all' !

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Fabulous work Steph
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