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Old 01-07-2018, 02:11 PM
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Fantasy Spirit Dog Suggestions

I want to do a project of a very recently departed Australian Cattle Dog for a friend. I found a suitable head shot but need some ideas on how to embellish it to make it more of a "spirit dog". I lack creativity along these lines so need ideas. She's been a part of our lives for 15 years and I will forever see her at the barn. Help please!
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Old 01-07-2018, 11:16 PM
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Re: Fantasy Spirit Dog Suggestions

Hi Karen. Have you had a look at Pieter Zaadstra's threads yet?
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Old 01-07-2018, 11:20 PM
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Re: Fantasy Spirit Dog Suggestions

Tint her slightly toward violet and hazy gray, don't bring black elements all the way to black but only down to payne's gray, maybe a bit of transparency. That and depending on what medium you're using, you could use an iridescent white mixed with the white and instead of a mixing white for a pearly effect. Fade her colors somewhat, even russet use an iridescent russet.

And/or paint her with some translucence, so there are hints of what's behind her coming through her, that's a possibility. But I think iridescence might work. Especially if you use something like the Daniel Smith Interference colors. I used Interference Green as a white substitute many times - it changes hue between a near-white green and a near-white magenta depending on angle of viewer and so it has a prismatic effect when used over white or light colors.

However, it does read as darker than pure titanium white, so make sure there are no areas of pure white and that the lightest values are the strongest iridescent or interference colors. All of the Interference colors flash between complements, yellow to violet, orange to blue and so on, but they are very pale near-whites. Iridescent whites in either Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton Pearlescent medium read as one step darker than white.

Also if you're using pastels, the Pan Pastels have iridescent and pearlescent colors that handle the same way, and Sennelier has a good range of iridescent colors. Using those can give something a bit of a sparkle but it's also a fairly subtle effect when they're used in context for correct value and hue combinations. It'd look a little unearthly if everything else was painted in earth colors, earth red barn and browns and grays and olive greens and so on in the scene.

I hope this helps. Don't know what medium you're using but there are iridescent colors and mediums for anything I can think of.

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Old 01-08-2018, 09:45 AM
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Re: Fantasy Spirit Dog Suggestions

Thank you so much for taking the time to post. I feel an idea beginning to develop. This is going to be a challenge.
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