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EmmaLee

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Choosing the best reference photo
« on: December 12, 2016, 05:17:13 PM »
I want to attempt my first pet painting. This is Roxy, the sweetest dog I've ever met. Her owner has hinted more than a few times that she'd like a painting of her. I have these photos but I'm unsure which I should use for a reference photo. Any advice anyone can offer would be very much appreciated!

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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 08:34:07 PM »
Anyone of them could work. But in my opinion the one with the best lighting, the second one perhaps?
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2016, 10:15:04 PM »
EmmaLee

I agree with Dennis.  I'm sure you plan to eliminate some of the background such as the cooler.

What medium are you planning to use?  I know Nolan has a lesson series on drawing white haired dogs, but I couldn't fin one on painting them.  Might be there, though.  I was in a hurry.

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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2016, 11:52:25 PM »
If it was me I would do the first one, His face is nice and clear and you can easily see the tonal values on him. Good luck, looking forward to seeing the finished painting  :)
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 03:56:41 AM »
 :thankyou: Maryna, Mea and Win. I will be using oil and changing the background. I really like the lighting in the second one too, but for some reason it bothers me that I can only see one eye well. I'm hoping my experience with Nolan's Swan class will help me with the white fur.
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 04:11:48 AM »
EmmaLee, I would agree with Win, I would go with the first picture even though the lighting isn't as good as the second one, at least he is looking directly at the camera and you will be able to capture his features much better. Good luck with the painting and please don't forget to show us your picture when you finish it.  Looking forward to seeing it.  :yippee:


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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2016, 06:58:14 PM »
 :thankyou: Patricia. Starting a painting is always the hardest part. It takes me a while to get the nerve to begin.  :sweat:
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2016, 08:25:22 PM »
I prefer the composition of the first photo, but with the lighting of the second.  Could you made such adjustments?
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2016, 08:23:35 AM »
That might be a little above my skill level,Annie.    :) It is a good idea though, I will try. Thank you!
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2016, 09:04:50 AM »
Emmalee, you can do it ... all it takes is the first step and you will be "A" for away!    Patricia
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2016, 01:00:14 PM »
Another vote for the first photo if you haven't started yet!   :heeha:

As far as the lighting goes, you can decide on and adjust your light source accordingly in your planning stage. This will make a beautiful portrait.   O0

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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2016, 12:58:08 PM »
Thank you. I have started and then stopped, and then started and stopped again.  :tongue: I'm having the hardest time with the blanket she's laying on. The poor lighting makes the wrinkles in the fabric hard to see and therefor hard to paint. It might be a while...
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2016, 03:10:23 AM »
Take your time Emma, have you tried printing in black and white? When I have trouble seeing things in a photo I make it black and white and adjust the contrast. Doesn't always work, but may be worth a try.
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2017, 03:26:43 AM »
I have another reference photo question. This is the best out of a few reference photos a client has provided me of a boxer, Jake. My question is: do you think this could be translated to a nice painting? I'm not sure. I've been trying to get a better photo but the client just isn't understanding what I need. I'm worried it might come out looking flat. Let me know what you think and any advise or tips you may have for me will be welcomed. Maybe I'm being overly picky...
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Re: Choosing the best reference photo
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2017, 04:51:06 AM »
Love his face, great expression. Personally, if this was my only choice I think I'd make it more of a headshot and leave the body out.

Is there any way you could take a photo yourself or are they too far away?
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