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EmmaLee

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Maddison
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:22:46 AM »
I'm feeling very down and I'm embarrassed to even post this one. I have been trying to paint this dog for a client for two weeks. I've messed it up and had to start over two times and now I can feel myself loosing confidence and rushing through it just to have it over with. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time but I am beginning to think i don't have the skills to paint this dog. Please let me know what your thoughts are. Thank you.

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Re: Maddison
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 12:08:41 PM »
Emma you did great job,everything is ok with you but this dog is a little bit difficult to paint.Everything what you need to do now is  contrast,ears are darker,had is inbeetwen and the snout is light just play with a beige color,his body behind i would do with more white with a little bit of sky touch the same his left part of belly/reflection of a light i think sky on his hair/ :painting: :painting:

This portrait is realy good :flowers:

I hope you will understand me  .
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 12:41:46 PM »
Em of course you have the skills! What looks a bit strange to me is the outline of the body...just looks a bit "cut out" and not very natural. But otherwise it's looking great. You have his expression and I'm sure Aniz tips will also help. Don't stress! :)
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 01:28:29 PM »
EmmaLee

You have all the makings there of another of your great animal portraits.

I think Maria and Trev have given you good suggestions.  The painting is so close to being done - just do those additional tweaks. 

I think part of the problem is that the original photo has the dog is in a pose that is not really suitable for a good portrait.

Hang in there, you can do this - and do it beautifully.

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Re: Maddison
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 01:52:55 PM »
EmmaLee, you are a FANTASTIC dog portrait painter, don't ever doubt yourself. In fact, when I saw Maddison's painting and thought about all the other portraits you have done, you capture their expression so well and I was wondering just how you manage to get the replica of each dog so well.  Don't lose hope or give up because you are really an excellent artist.


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Re: Maddison
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 04:01:08 PM »
Maria - Thank you so much! Yes, the sky color is a brilliant idea! I'll work on correcting the colors some more tomorrow.

Trev - You are right, it does look cut out. Maybe if I blur those lines and add some flyaway hairs it will help. Thank you!

Mea- Thank you! I hope you are right. I really want this to be a wonderful painting. I'm not happy at all with the position of the dog, but I received a few photos from the client and this was the only one not completely blurry. I think she was taking the photos with a cell phone from a distance and then zooming. No way I could work with the others. Even this one when zoomed it becomes pixelated.

Patricia - Thank you!! I try very hard to have the proportions right and the eyes right. Those two things seem to make the painting.


Thank you all so much for having confidence in me! I'll keep trying and see what I can do to improve this. Stay tuned!   ;)
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 02:33:12 AM »
EmmaLee as soon as i saw these posted i knew they were yours even without looking for your name and thought to myself she's done it again, another fantastic dog painting.
Don't doubt yourself as you do have the talent to do these. Maybe you just need a time out and go do something else to spoil yourself then come back to it and it will be better.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: 
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 04:19:33 PM »
Oh my, you do get interesting photos. This looks pretty much like yet another headshot to me. Considering the angle this was taken, you've really done quite well.  O0 Adding some of the fuzzy hairs may help, you've definitely caught this fellow's happy go lucky personality.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 05:00:18 AM »
Teresa - thank you!! I'm glad you thought that when you saw these photos. I'm going to do just what you say and enjoy my weekend (paint-free). Then come back in a couple days and see how I do.

Val - Thank you.  I tried to make this one a head shot but because of the position of the dog I couldn't get it to work. I have been getting some awful reference photos lately. I keep turning them down and the clients just don't understand. One was of a Yorkie dog taken in a dim room from about 15 ft away! When I told her it wouldn't work for a painting she seemed irritated. I really want all my paintings to be something I'm proud of, but with bad photos I'd be setting myself up to fail.
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 06:50:25 PM »
I have a friend who does wonderful pastel animal portraits, she prefers to take her own photo. If that isn't possible, she always asks for three photos and it is her choice which will be used. If none are acceptable she asks for three more.
One thing which I learned from her is that the final painting will only be as good as the reference.

Stick to your guns.  :guns:     ;)
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 09:02:48 AM »
And this is the best advice Val did :urwelcome:
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2017, 03:06:46 PM »
OK,  now my turn.

The painting at the top of the thread is exceptionally good.

Sure the are plenty of differences from the reference, but the painted ears, eyes, nose, and very importantly the dogs smile are right on.  There is lack of contrast.

I love dogs, but I found myself painting three cats last year, I wanted to paint them as the owners would want to remember them years later after they were gone.

The lack of contrast really suggests to me a young dog, almost a puppy.  I wouldn't change that, as for the customer that is what they really want to remember!

I bet your customer will love what you have done, with your created memory.

Ask and see, you can go back and make changes if you need to.

Charles
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2017, 03:34:54 PM »
Emma Lee you are a fantastic dog portrait artist dont give up, you have captured his expression perfectly as you always do. 
What I see in this painting is a perfect face ears and back body, the front body looks a bit flat like a cardboard cutout if you look carefully at the original you will see some darker tonal values which should help to create the muscle and rounded form... and the right hand side of his head from the ear to the corner of his mouth is lacking the deeper tonal values as well to separate his neck from his head. :) only my humble opinion. 
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2017, 05:06:46 PM »
Emma Lee, as always you have done a great job.  The likeness is spot on, and you have been given some good advice.
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Re: Maddison
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2017, 08:30:32 AM »
Thank you Charles, Win and Linda!!
Val- I think your friend has a good method going. I need to give that a try.

I tried to put everyone's advice to use and make this painting look a little better. I may have made him look a little too textured and fluffy. Should I soften some of those color transitions? It actually looks pretty good from about 30 ft away!  ;D
Let me know if there is anything I can do to improve it further. Thank you!!
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