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« on: May 28, 2013 09:15:16 AM »

Hello everyone! I don't often post on this board, but this time I crafted something that seems to fit. A cousin of mine and his girlfriend recently lost their dogs, and I wanted to give them something to cherish.

I don't often draw portraits, so I used a grid technique to transfer from some pictures. Here's how:

It was a challenge to put both dogs in a portrait, since I had actually never seen the puggle (Cherry) and there were very few pictures to go by. The only one in focus was a side view, so I looked up lots of puggle photos on flicker and tried to blend them together in my brain. I found the photo I liked the best, and put it next to a photo of the shepherd (Kota), and did my best to make them the appropriate relative heights. I printed it out, and drew a grid on it based on what would fit on my final paper:

I drew another grid with slightly larger squares in my sketchbook, and did a rough outline of the dogs. I had to guess some to have the puggle be standing, but at least it didn't have a million spots! Once I had the sketch, I went over the main lines in ink and erased the pencil:

I then used tracing paper to ink over the design again, and rubbed graphite all over the back of the tracing paper over the lines.

I placed that paper on my final page, drew over the lines with a sharp pencil to transfer the image, tidied up the graphite, filled it in with watercolor and marker, and inked over the lines. Voil!

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013 09:54:55 AM »

what beautiful portraits! I'm sure your friends are going to love it. Great tutorial as well! Thank you!

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013 11:10:51 AM »

Wonderful portrait, you really got the proportions down!  Thank you so much for sharing your process, its very cool to see how you blended 2 separate images into a whole Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013 02:42:01 PM »

Very cute and such a clever way to execute it. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013 04:34:23 PM »

Lovely watercolor.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013 05:21:43 PM »

You did an amazing job on this!

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013 06:50:45 PM »

Awesome! I think it turned out great.

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013 08:11:16 PM »

What a special portrait. I'm sure your friends will cherish it. Thanks for the in-progress photos! It's great to see you proces.

« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2013 10:48:30 AM »

Very lovely! And what a great tutorial! I love seeing how others execute their work. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013 05:51:15 AM »

Really really nice work!  Portraits are adorable.

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