Boo in pencil

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  1. GoingNowhere

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    Polite constructive criticism is more than welcome.
     
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    I like the expression so. Much. The puppydog eyes are killing me. <3 It's really good!

    The only two big things that I notice that don't scream BooDog to me are the nose and the shade. The nose seems like it should be larger, both because Boo has a pretty large muzzle and because the eyes are exaggerated a bit larger, which in turn makes the nose seem even smaller. I'm thinking it might be a perspective thing, too - her nose is closer to us, but seems very small?

    About the black/shade levels - she definitely needs some more black, but I admit to not being very good with black subjects in B&W art pieces (something I also need to practice). Maybe Laur or Bax might have some advice on that front, they both do it better than I do!

    I love it, it's adorable, as I said. :) Pencil is a really enjoyable medium, I should really use it more as well.
     
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    I think its great! Much better then I can do. And I think you caught her eyes perfectly
     
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    I think this is my most favorite of your work to date. VERY nice.
     
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    aww--it's Boo! I think you did a great job on it!
     
  6. I agree about the nose needing to be a tad bit larger, but that is sooo great! The expression is just perfect. You did an amazing job on the eyes.
     
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    thanks for the kind remarks and helpful comments! I know what you mean about the black fur being hard to get right. Granted, white fur is even harder for me, so I can't complain. When you say more black, do you mean the whole thing, or just more contrast between the dark and light areas?
     
  8. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I love it! I think the eyes in particular are done spectacularly! I agree with Smkie, it's my favorite of yours so far.

    As far as lights and darks, squint your eyes a bit looking at your reference to kind of age the darks and lights. (I'd also recommend putting the ref in b/w if you haven't already) You've really set her pupils to be your blackest black. Really you need to compare your other shades to this. Squint your eyes and pick out your blackest blacks that match the darkness that is in the pupils. I think with a little more of those really dark shades it will really add some drama and make it pop.

    You should try charcoal. :p
     
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    Pretty much, yes! Defining the light and dark, and really making the black pop. I know that by contrast, her eyes are a bit lighter than her fur in B&W, which would be a simple indicator as well.

    Laur gave some great advice, good point on the squinting. I sometimes do that for dogs with complex markings, so that I can simplify them a little in my mind before applying them to the portrait.
     

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