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My friends were kind enough to give me some pictures of their three dogs.  Most of the pictures are difficult to use as reference photos so I've asked for more.  But this one of Orion was a great place to start.  This has been my tv project for the last week, was traveling for most of it so this is only a couple of hours into the picture.  I took this with inside lighting instead of outside, so it kind of has a funny tint that isn't there in reality.
The nice thing about posting these pictures while in process is that it allows you to see it in a different way or angle I guess.  I notice now I need to rework the right side of the nose and muzzle as it needs more room than I've given it, good thing I see it now as once I put in the darker lead work I wouldn't have been able to erase it without leaving a shadow.
I showed it to David yesterday and he recognized Orion which made me happy as I hoped I caught his spirit.  Stephanee, his wife, still needs to see the picture and hopefully approve as well.
No I haven't forgotten my bull dog, he just has to be worked in my art space as I need lots of room to lay out my "junk" and with the pastel it can be kind of messy - I still have a lot to go on him and will post an update tomorrow.


This is looking great.What a sweet looking dog.
Alexander said…
If you continue to draw like that you are going to be swamped with dog photos.
renate said…
Nelvia, time after time you amaze me with your dog paintings. What a talent you've got! Don't you want to make money with it? I think if you go to a dogshow and show your paintings/drawings you will got a lot of requests! It's just an idea. The dog you are doing now is even more cute than on the photo. I love your drawings!
Your greatest fan!!
Sure, you are a specialise about dogs portraits, Nelvia, which are very good!
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