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21  Husky Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: July 16, 2008 09:15:58 AM
Here's a portrait of a white husky. It's done on colourfix paper with pastels.

Comments and critiques are always welcomed!

Drawing (owner wanted me to reduce neck fat Wink)

Original photo

 Thanks for looking Kiss
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22  Panda Portrait (Pastel)! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: June 29, 2008 06:01:24 AM
I was invited to create some art for a silent auction diner for the National Zoo. It's Tai's Bearday Party, he turns 3 and the event to help raise money for the pandas! I'm excited but also pretty nervous.

This piece is 11"x14" created with Panpastels and pastel pencils on colourfix paper.

Detail of the face

This piece is 11"x14" created with Sennelier Oil Pastels on Canson Paper

I never worked with oil pastels before, so I took a pretty big risk with this one. I'm very nervous about this piece and I would appreciate feedback on so I can improve a little more with the medium.

Thanks for looking
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23  Ridgeback Portrait (doggie named Hank) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: May 31, 2008 04:00:59 PM

This was a commissioned portrait from my neighbor. It's of her Grand Doggie named Hank. Her son's birthday is next month and she wanted to give this to him. Hank's a Ridgeback. It was kind of hard drawing this one because they think that this might be his last year and he's a really sweet dog. He's around 13 year old. Even though I've never met Hank, something tells me he must be very sweet. I'm going to be dropping it off next door soon and I wanted to hold onto it for just a little while longer. I think this one turned out to be one of my favorites for some reason. I want to send some positive thoughts out to Hank and his family.
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24  Re: Siberian Husky Portraits in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: May 31, 2008 03:43:01 AM
Thank you so much for all your kinds words! This cause really means a lot to me, especially because my friends are involved with this cause.

It's amazing to see what they can do with animals. The dedication to the animals is just outstanding and makes me so proud of them. With Cole's situation, he has to eat upright everyday. My friends built him a bailey chair for him to eat in. http://www.geocities.com/bailey_chair/ It looks like this: He can only have certain foods, so my friends buy and make him the best. They also found out that he can have chicken flavored gelatin snacks, since he can't have most doggie snacks. It really is just amazing to see how they can open their hearts and their lives to those in need.

With the portraits, I just wanted to capture just how happy and healthy these dogs have become. It really has been their love that has made these dogs shine into amazing animals. They just make me so proud, of course I wanted to help them when they asked.  I still have a couple more to do, it's getting very exciting!
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25  Siberian Husky Portraits in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: May 30, 2008 01:18:06 PM
This portrait is of Cole.

My friends adopted Cole through Husky House (www.huskyhouse.org). They fostered him along with his mother, Hope (whom they also adopted) along with eight other puppies.  At seven weeks old he was diagnosed with megaesophagus (www.caninemegaesophagus.org ). Doctors said Cole could never live a "normal life" never be able to eat normally, or chew a bone. Cole never stopped fighting and Husky House and the Canine Megaesophagus Education & Research Project (cmERp) never stopped fighting for him.

This is a portrait of Timber. My friends (same set that have Cole) fostered then adopted him through Husky House. He was abused but they don't really know the full details of the situation. He was just a small puppy when they first started fostering him. From what they understand he was burned because he was crying in the crate at night. Today, he's a very happy and fun loving dog.

I'm donating both portraits to Husky House to help raise money for them at their event on June 7th, celebrating Cole's first birthday! I have a feeling that these will be entered into a silent auction. I'm pretty nervous and excited for the event. I'm going to be drawing quick sketches of people's pets and also taking orders for formal portraits (these portraits are going to be the samples of work). It's the first time I've ever done something like this, but my friends (and their pets) mean a lot to me and I wanted to help out!

Thanks For Looking  Kiss

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26  Dog Portrait and Chinchilla Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: May 20, 2008 02:00:36 PM
Here's a couple of newer pieces. The background in the dog portrait (a chow mix named Pookie how cute  Cheesy) took forever. I'm really glad my customer liked it! It was done in prisma colored pencils.

This is a medium ebony chinchilla. The person who bought it didn't really say that much, just that it arrived undamaged in the mail. I really liked it especially because the green background was different for me. It was done in pastels on velour paper.

Thanks for looking   Kiss
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27  Wiener Dog Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: March 05, 2008 04:00:05 PM
I was asked to create a portrait for Midwest Dachshund Rescue. http://www.mwdr.org/They're having a silent auction this Saturday. I'm really hope the portrait will help them out. I'm kind of nervous about it. Anyway, it's an 8x10. It's pastel on velour. Comments are always appreciated.

Thanks for looking  Grin
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28  Portrait of Angel the Cockapoo! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ericav on: March 01, 2008 07:45:53 AM
So my swap partner received her items so I can post them now! I was paired up with amyracinrose for the My Pet Swap, and I was really excited to create a portrait for her. She loves her baby Angel so much and it was hard to contain the surprise for her!

I always get awesome swap partners, I love making new friends on here. That's the best part about craftster feeling the craft love.  Grin

Does anyone else really enjoy saying Cockapoo? Reminds me of Steve Carrell in Evan Almighty.
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29  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ericav on: March 01, 2008 02:39:07 AM
I'm so excited that you love everything! I tried to make a dress for Angel and it came out disastrous, so I figured the t-shirt to craft would be a nice rainy-day project!  Grin I loved making the pincushion! That was my top secret project  Wink Of course I couldn't resist the loofah dog, especially in Aqua! (Simon wanted to play with it sooo badly. He's so nosey and he thinks everything that comes through the door is his.) I loved drawing Angel, she's such a cute dog and I was so happy to get paired up with Amy Rose! Here's the scan of the drawing.

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30  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ericav on: February 27, 2008 02:54:01 PM
amyracinrose totally spoiled my babies! Everything is beyond awesome and they are in bliss right now! Here are pictures:

Simon (the big red fuzzy cat/thing) LOVES tissue paper, so he wanted to help open the items.

Here are Simon's items. Amy Rose crafted a beautiful fleece blanket that has Simon's name on it <3 (totally touches my heart). She made this beautiful catnip bird that Simon likes to whisper sweet nothings too and romance. She also gave Simon some glitter balls (his fave, 2 have already found their way under my stove and I had to fish them out) and some high class catnip. We had to have another talk about "moderation".

"Oh Birdy, you're so beautiful, I just want to give you kisses and nibbles"

"S-I-M-O-N spells Simon! Hey that's my name!"

Amy also crafted things for my precious Sophie, the lovely chinchilla! She crafted a fleece tube and a mouse cuddle buddy, which smelled like Simon when I gave it to her because at first I thought it was for him. She also sent some chew blocks and some great fruit treats (Sophie also required another "moderation" chit chat.)

"Who are you? You smell like Simon my boyfriend, the one that my Mom won't let me see. We have a long distance relationship, it doesn't matter I'm a chinchilla and he's a cat our love will find a way."

Thank you so much Amy Rose, you are an awesome swap partner and I really hope you love the items I made/got for you as much as I enjoy the ones you made for me!
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