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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sydney~WIP 2


I've been working on this portrait for three solid days now. Unfortunately, my first attempt ended in failure. I was well into the painting when I realized my subject was too small for the size of the format. I've never pulled that stunt before and hope to never have it happen again. Thank God for my scanner and it's ability to enlarge drawings. What a time saver.

Yesterday I realized I wasn't happy with the fur. A Golden's fur tends to have lots of wispy waves and it just wasn't happening for me with the paint so I got out my pastels again. The nice thing about adding soft pastels to a watercolor...you can go back in over the pastel with the paint to bring back that vibrancy if things are begining to look a little dull. I'll probably have some colored pencil in this before it's over.

2 comments:

Jeanette said...

We all have to have failures to appreciate the successes. :)

And this is the success. The dog looks lovely, the fur is soft and flyaway as it should be. I'm almost expecting a wet lick!

Billie Crain said...

This particular failure taught me to double check my composition before proceeding, that's for sure.;)

Glad you like this so far.:) I'm happy with the way this version is progressing, too.