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Old 03-21-2011, 09:39 AM
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Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL


Title: Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL
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Medium: Oil
Surface: Board
Dimension: 12X18
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:46 PM
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Re: Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL

odd how this hasn't garnered more attention

my only issue is the stance of these guys, especially the viewers right ... you know when pups are at that stage of wobbly legs, not really strong enough to hold themselves fully up ... you've captured that stage and i'm not sure it was your intent?
anyway, it's awkward ... provides [for me, too much] tension ... was that your intent?

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Old 04-25-2011, 10:25 AM
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Re: Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL

I didn't comment because I can find nothing to critique. I assumed the table was slick, what with so much reflection, and for me, that explains the dog's stance.

My only nit would be a little more wet/hilite in the left one's eyes. and that's an awfully small nit!
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:43 PM
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Re: Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL

Forgive my late critique, I was moved to response because of how close to excellence this portrait is.

Please note the nose to eye angle on the higher dog. See my illustration with the red lines. You will see that your pup on the right is perfectly lined up while the right eye on the higher pup is too small and high on one side.

When painting white fur it is never really white- but reflects all the colors around it. Never be afraid to fill in the anatomy of the dog using colors taken from the background and bedding. In this case I shaded with the transparent red oxide under the paw, but one could also take some of the tans too. Just be sure to use a transparent color and slowly layer, standing back to inspect your work at a distance frequently.

If you look at my second example, you will see that the dogs still look pristine white but now have more dimension and form. Also shading gives the fur an added "cuddly" softness.

I thought it might be helpful to you to see where I added shadows. This last shot just shows the shading I added over your painting to give them form. As you see is is loose and light, keeps in mind the light source and mostly darkens shadows, pushing back a bit on all but the most forward anatomy, and that in the direct light.

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Old 10-02-2011, 10:59 AM
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Re: Sir George & Lady Bella ..STRUCTURED CRITIQUE PL

I feel there should be an arm around the chest/belly of the two dogs clutching them to a chest. Was the original image of the dogs in someones arms?
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