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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pekingese Dog Pastel on: March 16, 2011 06:33:09 AM
So I decided to giving Ampersand Pastelbord's (http://www.ampersandart.com/pastel.html) a shot. I was mostly interested in it for a couple reasons it can be used for colored pencil, acrylic painting, and pastels. I'm still researching using it as a platform for colored pencils and acrylics. (Apparently colored pencils can be varnished and possibly framed ...wait for it....without glass! GASP! Shocked I don't know if I would be so bold, but one can dream.) I decided to start with what the platform was designed for, pastels. I'm really happy with how it came out. It's 11x14 and I decided to title it "This Is My Happy Face"



Any comments are appreciated  Grin Kiss
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Pit Bull Portrait- Colored Pencil on: February 07, 2011 05:24:13 AM
Thanks guys! I was considering going back in to add some more white highlights in the mouth. They're not as predominant in the scans as they are on the drawing, so I think I might go back in and work on them a bit.

bonesaw, I used a icarnus drawing board (http://icarusart.net/products.html) and I layered the blue tones on the cold side and in the warm side I blended with a paper stump or Colour Shapers (clay shaper?). I move the areas back and forth from the cold and warm side to blend the areas.  I've heard of people using hair dryers to heat the wax and force the area to bloom as well.  Before I had the board, I was able to just keep burnishing layers with art stixs to get the backgrounds like that, but it was several hours. Even with the heat from the board, the background was at least 6 hours.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pit Bull Portrait- Colored Pencil on: February 06, 2011 09:41:04 AM
Hi Everyone,

So I just wrapped up a portrait of a Pit Bull for someone that I know. (I'm still waiting to hear back from her and I'm really hoping she likes it.). Her dog was dress up for a contest and she wanted to have a portrait of him in the outfit. It wasn't my first time creating a portrait of a dressed up dog, but my first drawing camouflage! I would love to hear some feedback, especially before I post it on facebook.



This is a close up of the face.



The size  is 11x14 on Somerset paper, I only used Prismacolor pencils and Art Stixs for this.
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 09, 2010 01:31:58 PM
Thank you so much prettyrustyrobot! I'm sorry that you lost a good dog Sad
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 09, 2010 09:11:25 AM
Thank you so much maxxev, klboo33, Miss Hoodoo, and Bunnie Boo!

It would be really cool to get the fireplace mantel spot! I don't even have that in my parents house!
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 08, 2010 10:13:42 AM
Thank you so much emilyjp, morrigan_le_faye, bonesaw, Tanza, Kristy_n_kritters, peppersaskatoon, and goatgoddess!

I tried really hard on this one, which isn't easy to do in one day. I just went to the dentist which is probably why my smile was so big emilyjp! I honestly believe if you love doing something, it should just shine through. So I'm happy that I think this is happening! Thanks for the support guys Smiley
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 07, 2010 09:00:11 AM
Thanks Knickertwist!
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 07, 2010 07:43:59 AM
Thanks thisbirdsabsurd and piinkfeline!
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 07, 2010 07:15:11 AM
Thanks glambastard, I really could have started to cry I was so happy!
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary on: December 07, 2010 06:53:08 AM


(close up of the portrait.)




Hey Crafters! I'm still freaking out a bit over this one. I barely slept last night and my stomach is still doing flips! I'm a pretty big Denis Leary fan. One of my favorite movies is The Ref (actually it's my family's holiday movie). I love Rescue Me too and have been following Denis Leary's standup for quite some time.

So there's a local bookstore that does book signings. I freaked out when I missed the opportunity a while back for one of his other books. On Sunday night, I saw that he was going to do a book signing for his new book the next day. I freaked and told the husband what where we were going (he's also a fan).

So I decided to take it a step further and draw an Irish Wolfhound for him. He has a love for the breed (which is one of the reason why I love him). He used to have 5 and one of them was even on Rescue Me. The one that was on Rescue Me, Clancy, passed away and I was trying to find a picture. His website had a little picture. I did find a video of his roast with Clancy in and that was helpful to find the right coloring. I worked on the portrait from 10am-4pm, scanned it, and then framed it. I wished I had a little bit longer to work on it because I see some things that I could have planned better with the drawing, but I think I like it. (Yeah, I'm a bit critical of my work. It's an 8x10 pastels on velour)

We get to the book signing and I start getting nervous. We had on layers of clothes because we assumed we would be on line outside (which is why we're pink in the picture). We got there early and waited around an hour inside. However, since I was nervous and over heating I was worried I was going to faint or throw up on Mr. Leary. Thankfully, that didn't happen, because I was able to get my breathing under control! When I gave him the portrait I think I said something like "Hi Mr. Leary, I know how much you like Irish Wolfhounds so I made you this. I tried to find a picture of Clancy so I could get the coloring right." He said "Oh Wow! Do I get to keep it? It looks really close to Clancy!" Then I handed him my card and said if he ever wanted anything else I would be very happy to make him something. I'm not sure if I should have given him my card, but I figured I might as well, but it was really awkward. I hope he did like it and wasn't just being nice. It would kind suck if it ended up in the dumpster at the bookstore. I guess that's the risk I was willing to take!

Anyway, he posed with a picture with us and the portrait, which made me SO HAPPY! I think it was one of the highlights of my life!
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