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EmmaLee

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Reply #15 on: April 25, 2017, 05:04:59 AM
Thanks Val. A head shot is a good idea and probably what I'll do. Unfortunately I can't take a picture myself. This is going to be a surprise for the client's mother. Having an artist come by to photo the pet would give it away.  ;D
I wish there were more shadows and highlights on the face. He looks a bit washed out to me.  :-\
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Reply #16 on: April 25, 2017, 01:33:39 PM
 ;) Artistic license my dear, artistic license!  ^-^         ;D
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Reply #17 on: August 23, 2017, 08:45:23 AM
This little cutie will be my next commissioned pet portrait. I'm not sure how I should compose this painting. I usually try to do a head and chest portrait but I'm not sure that will work this time. Should I paint it exactly the way it is, background and all? Anything other than a simple solid background is a bit out of my comfort zone.
Also, the client has asked me to leave off the red collar.
I'd love to hear any ideas or thoughts you might have. Composition and backgrounds are always such a challenge for me.
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Reply #18 on: August 23, 2017, 10:40:26 AM
Oh, EmmaLee, he is a cute little fellow.

Because of the way he is standing, you will have a strange foreshortened look to his body. 

Have you tried cropping it with just the face showing and a bit of the neck (minus the collar)?  I think a big close up of the face would be cute.

As for the brick wall, I'd eliminate the bricks.  If the face pretty much fills the picture, I'd go with a light brownish, grey, rough textured background to resemble the ground.

Good luck.  I have faith that you will do a super job.  But, maybe first check with client to see if cropped version is acceptable.

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Reply #19 on: August 23, 2017, 01:20:29 PM
Thank you, Mea. I agree, I really like the idea of cropping the photo. I played around with it in Gimp and the only way I can crop it and have it look balanced on the canvas is to have the canvas turned landscape. I just asked the client about the background and she prefers a black or white background like she has seen on my other pet portraits. Not sure if that's going to look right with a black and white dog. The fur isn't really dark black, more like a blue-grey color. So maybe it'll work... I have no idea.  :-\
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Reply #20 on: August 23, 2017, 03:25:10 PM
What a cutie! I actually like the whole body as the painting - with the red collar off it would look more normal. And for a background color, I always love blue!
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Reply #21 on: August 24, 2017, 03:30:10 AM
Thank you Sharon. I was thinking when I saw the photo that the whole picture would look great as one of your watercolor paintings.
 I think some light blue colors would look nice. I may give that a try. Thanks again!
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Reply #22 on: August 26, 2017, 02:39:37 AM
I like the idea of the whole dog as is, definitely lose the bricks and whatnot. They really don't add anything to the overall picture. I agree a coloured background would be best. This little guy would get lost in the black and white.
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