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Old 12-15-2019, 05:18 PM
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Frank the dog

Hello all, I would appreciate any ideas/critiques, etc. re: this. I have not painted with oils for 40 years or so. This is my (wife's) dog. Does anyone think it needs changes, additions, subtractions? Are the ears too big? Do the eyes, nose, proportions look right? Thanks for any comments you may have!


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Re: Frank the dog

Welcome back after years away from the medium! The overall proportions seem fine to me, though I feel like the angle that the dog is facing has changed slightly. Maybe it is due to the handling of the shadows of the left side of the face (from viewer’s pov). I do really like how you have given some reds in the fur though.

If this were my painting, I would be treating this as the first layer, allow it to dry and break out the smaller brushes to work in some more on the halftones. There is a ton of subtle things going on in the half tones of the reference, and much of it is small subtle shifts in tone.

Once again, great job for having not painted in oils for a long time.
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:50 PM
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Re: Frank the dog

What an adorable little dog and a perfect rendition in paint. Proportions seem fine to me and I think you caught the little guy’s character.
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Re: Frank the dog

Getting back to painting is an accomplishment of it's own, and you can feel good about that! My first thought was to the light and textures: the lighting is an attractive feature of the photo, and one that can be improved here- a bit less contrast, a few more grays. The textures are a tactile thing that can be accomplished with wisps, selective fine lines, and some lost edges. I've always enjoyed painting animals of every type- bunnies, dogs, cats, etc..
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Re: Frank the dog

First, good for you returning to painting.
I like the looks of the pup.
You might do well to stop by the ANimal and Wildlife Forum for reminders on painting fur.
Keep painting!
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Re: Frank the dog

Dang, I meant to say thank you to you all, Jon, Ken, Delo, and Paintink. Your observations and suggestions were definitely helpful. I'll be doing more oils soon.
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Cutie pup! ❤️
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Re: Frank the dog

I think it looks good. I think the dog's face could use just a slight amount more of shading, so that the light on the right side could really shine more, giving the dog that halo effect. Everything looks great, the contrast is done very well, bold brushing helps give it depth and texture with the dog's hair.
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