Dalmation Portrait - xpost pastels

CaliAnn

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This is the second of 2 portraits I'm doing for a friend - (the first was the husky). It's for their grandparents 60 - yes SIXTY year anniversary. I don't do portraits anymore - except for special reasons, because I hate doing them. The photo they provided for the this one was really bad. I couldn't even see a dog in it - lol! What we ended up doing is photocpying the polaroid, then blowing it up. I then sketched out the dog based on the photocopy and then had them add the spots to the dog. I didn't agree with some of their spots, but hey, they're the customer. The dark line coming down the neck, I am sure is the muscle/ligament, but they insisted it was black - so there you have it! P.S. I xpost to try to garner more activity on some of these boards - moderators if you want me to stop, please let me know. Hard pastel on uart sanded paper 9 x 12. c&c welcome

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Schuee

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A lovely expression again. I love the eyes and nose. If the spots are where they put them then they must be happy.
 

Donna T

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Another beautiful dog portrait! The couple who receives the set will be thrilled!
 

Joy

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Oh, how wonderful! I can just see it moving. There is so much life to it; they will be thrilled.
 

jennaboo88

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Beautifully done, CaliAnn! As a fellow pet-portrait artist, I know how you feel about bad reference images. When like, literally everyone has a decent phone camera now, why is it the photos they choose for us to use are always like zoomed-out, blurry blobs from the '80s? :LOL: Isn't that a trial? Regardless, you've done a really magnificent job on this handsome dog. Congratulations on a great portrait from a challenging photo!
 
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