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Old 09-30-2012, 03:49 AM
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German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife +WIP photos


This is the very beautiful Guinness, a long coated GSD and I really loved getting stuck into all that fur.
For this one I used
Anthracite coloured pastelmat
Koh-i-noor sticks for the blended background
Pitts and stabilo pastel pencils for the subject itself. I don't use sticks for the subject at all, it's just made up of lots of layers as i find the sticks fill the nap too much for me to add as many layers of fur as I want (only tried it once so maybe I over did it).
Anyway, Guinness' mum was very happy with the portrait as he had passed away and she said it was like having him back home something I was very pleased to hear.
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

I cannot imagine it is only a pastel painting. Bravo and more strength to your wonderful artistic hands.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:51 AM
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I cannot imagine it is only a pastel painting. Bravo and more strength to your wonderful artistic hands.

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I think it's an absolutely fabulous portrait! One of the best I've seen of a German Shepherd Dog.
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

Truly AMAZING! The fur is soooo soft! And those eyes are stellar!
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I'm impressed by you the way you have captured the different textures! The eyes are beautifully handled.
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This is a wonderful portrait .....truly amazing !!

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Wow, very beautiful painting and animal!
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thank you all so much. i still have lots to learn and each portrait I do I find a new lesson or problem to overcome. It did help to have a really good photo to work from.
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beautiful portrait,the coat in particular is great,lov
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

This is such a good portrait of a GSD that I came back for another look! Would you have any WIP photos to add to it? I'd love to see how you tackled it! I'm amazed at the detail on the slightly crinkly fur, for instance....mind boggling!
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

Wow, this is just gorgeous! I am amazed at how you handled the fur, and those eyes speak to me. Beautiful work, absolutely beautiful.
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

Wow, this is so good, you must have some patience to do all that fur
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Re: German Shepherd xp animals and wildlife

Look at the fur,I am speechless ,is there's any secret?unbelievable!
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This is such a good portrait of a GSD that I came back for another look! Would you have any WIP photos to add to it? I'd love to see how you tackled it! I'm amazed at the detail on the slightly crinkly fur, for instance....mind boggling!
Here are a few of the stages, my pc crashed and I lost a lot of wips but I've downloaded these from facebook.
If anyone spots anything I could do better please say as I'm really keen to improve, I'm not trained or taught so may be going about things in an illogical manner or just plain daft!

I usually put the background down first, any combo of colours I think will sit nice with the colours of the photo, always a little bit odd looking until I start to add the subject. I always start with the eyes, they are my favourite part and they must be perfect. I like the highlight bits as they make the eyes look less flat.

Sometimes I only scribble areas of colour such as on the tongue but it gives me an idea if I am getting everything in the right place, forgot to mention, I use scrap paper to sketch it all out on and make any changes, on the photo Guinness was wearing a huge rosette which I had to remove, it covered a lot of the chest so I had to work around that, then I use a white graphite pencil to draw it out on the pastelmat. I found it stays in place better than pastel pencils which can rub (I am so messy) and it takes a few layers of pastel to cover so I can still see what I'm doing!

Then it's simply a matter of repeatedly building up layers, I was a cp user so am used to using many many layers but pastel is so much easier as you can put dark on light and vice versa so it is just a case of throw it all on and add the finer details on top.

One last photo of me hard at it, these photos of me at work seem to go down well on fb so thought you may like to see who I am (or even just the back of me), I'm a leftie but the purpose of this was to show the crinkly fur which I was creating here. I added a deep base colour then added lots of wiggly highlights! As I said I am untrained and a novice so this is just my way of doing things, I am still very much learning and advice is welcome as it will help me to continue to improve. Thanks all, hope you enjoy the wips, any questions, please ask away!
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Fabulous Portrait! You are doing everything right!
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