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Topic: Irish Wolfhound Portrait for Denis Leary  (Read 7855 times)
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ericav
« 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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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010 07:09:51 AM »

wow. it looks amazing! you don't need to be so critical of yourself, you do great work!
Congrats on such an awesome story, you look so happy!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010 07:15:11 AM »

Thanks glambastard, I really could have started to cry I was so happy!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010 07:22:42 AM »

In the dumpster???  NO WAY!!!!!  That is an absolutely beautiful portrait - you are so amazing!  What a great opportunity to be able to give it to him in person, I'm sure he loved it!
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010 07:40:36 AM »

wow I am in awe! This picture is absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2010 07:43:59 AM »

Thanks thisbirdsabsurd and piinkfeline!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010 08:08:31 AM »

Gorgeous!

End up in the bin? Pffttt! No way! It's really lovely Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2010 09:00:11 AM »

Thanks Knickertwist!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010 09:37:19 AM »

That's amazing!  I feel like your love of the dogs really came through in the artwork.  I love the pic of you with hubby and Denis!  That is SUCH a great smile!!!!  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2010 01:26:29 PM »

This.. Is.. AMAZING!!! Shocked Wonderfull work!
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010 02:42:47 PM »

holy smokes congratz! good work as always =D
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2010 02:02:17 AM »

What an AMAZING artist you are.

Your image is so lifelike.

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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2010 03:40:29 AM »

You did a wonderful job! That breed can be very difficult to portray accurately, but you hit it dead on! Beautiful! <3 Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2010 07:33:10 AM »

I can't imagine anyone not liking your work. You have some amazing pastel skills.
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010 08:05:32 AM »

how could he not love it! I thought it was a photo when it first popped up in hottest new subject - beautiful work.
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« Reply #15 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
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2010 10:05:44 PM »

wonderful portrait! im sure he was touched to receive it Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2010 11:29:06 PM »

You are so talented! It didn't end up in the dumpster I am sure!
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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2010 04:26:15 AM »

I thought it was a picture too! Awesome work, and, awesome story!  Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2010 06:49:29 AM »

WOW! It is a beautiful picture! (Jealous of your skillz!)  Tongue
I'll bet he loves it and it will have the best spot in his house, above the fireplace!!!

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« Reply #20 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!
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2010 10:48:26 AM »

i saw this in the new topics area and got a little choked up.

i had an irish wolfhound growing up and he was my best friend from the time i was a year old until the day he died when i was 12. this is a beautiful portrait and i'm so happy that you were able to give it to him in person. awesome, awesome work.
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2010 01:31:58 PM »

Thank you so much prettyrustyrobot! I'm sorry that you lost a good dog Sad
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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2010 07:27:02 AM »

So beautiful.  It took me a while to click on it because I thought it was a picture for a dog related swap. Cheesy  Our pets are so close to us.  My inlaws just put to sleep their Corgi of 13 years, and my friend's dog won't likely make it another year.  My dear doggie is getting older and slowing down.  While it is a part of life, they are our dear friends and we miss them so much when they are no longer with us.  I am sure he greatly appreciated the effort and the beautiful outcome more than you know. 
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« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2010 09:02:30 AM »

the drawing is amazing! Such great detail, it looks like it could be a photograph and that is awesome that you got to give it to Denis Leary!!
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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2010 07:57:35 PM »

I love it! What a great story to go along with it.
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« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2010 05:29:19 PM »

I saw the small picture of this at the top of the screen in the featured project section and I clicked on it because I thought it was a real dog in the pet related craft section (I love looking at the pictures of the cute pet stuff people make)! Then when I saw the whole picture I realized it was a portrait, but it still looks very realistic! It's so amazing and it's really cool you got to meet him and give it to him!
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« Reply #27 on: December 16, 2010 06:18:25 AM »

Beautiful picture.  Your pastel skills are amazing!  Great that you got to give it to Dennis Leary in person too!
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« Reply #28 on: December 16, 2010 11:59:15 AM »

wow, beautiful work! what a wonderful present (and how cool that you got to meet him!)

also..holy cow another family that plays 'the ref' as their holiday movie! haha..it is the holiday movie of choice for MR Bun as well. Leary fans unite!

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« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2011 10:05:06 PM »

So so so beautiful! Wow! He is so very lucky to have received such a lovely gift from you Wink
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« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2011 11:24:39 PM »

That is a really great pastel drawing.
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2011 10:33:34 AM »

What a beautiful drawing!! And such an exciting story!! Nice work Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2011 08:24:32 PM »

I'm sure that he didn't pitch it.  You're a rare sort of fan, and I garuntee that portrait will be in a spot of honor.  A friend of mine from the MLPArena did something like that.  She's a fan of Lloyd Gareth-Davies so she made a my little pony of Ianto from Torchwood.  When he was at a con, she gave it to him.  It's in his kitchenXD

I also really like this portrait.  I used to look after a charity case at the kenel where I worked.  He was half wolfhound, half wire-haired terrier which made him an 85-lb lapdog that was completely insane.  Best dog ever.  Make that portrait with slightly less hair and tan with a white spot on his throat and you'd have my boy.  Just lovely.
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