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Blacky by RamonaQ Blacky by RamonaQ
This is one of last week's paintings; this pooch belongs to :iconfrouwke:; the reference photo can be found here: [link] These days, I don't get much free time to paint for fun, but this one was for fun, really. In the photo, the highlights have a bluish tint to them. Normally, I'd grey the blue highlights, but in this case, I thought it might be interesting to keep the highlights blue, and I think it works pretty well.
This is watercolour, 7" by 8".
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TattooRyss Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Yeah, I like the blue a lot, I think it makes it look more real for a truly black dog. Beautiful!
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Thanks! I do so many portraits that are supposed to be very realistic that I occasionally forget that blue makes a nice realistic highlight on black. I appreciate the kind comment!
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TattooRyss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
:)
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Dognuts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
ooooh, I like this :D!
-favs-
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Thanks very much! That one I did recently just kind of for fun; it's a lot more popular than I would have expected!
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dementedsped Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
ooo...i love this one! normally, im not a very big dog person, but i love the look you got in its eyes! the blue makes its fur look even darker...you did a very nice job, total fav!
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dementedsped Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
ooo...i love this one! normally, im not a very big dog person, but i love the look you got in its eyes! the blue makes its fur look even darker...you did a very nice job, total fav!
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thank you very much! I was a little concerned about making blue highlights when I started this one, but I was pleased to find that it worked better than I'd expected!
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dementedsped Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
yeah, it looks great! whenever i try blue highlights, ir always ends up looking,......well, stupid. do you just do a really light wash baforehand or......
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I am really glad you asked, because it's kind of interesting. I've had a lot of watercolour instructors over the years, and every one of them would slap my hand because of the way I paint! I paint backward, particularly with pets. I start out with the darkest areas and move to the lightest, and finish with a light wash. The reason is that it gives fur a fuzzier texture while maintaining the details almost as if they were dry-brush. For this one, I did the darkest blacks first, and fished with the light blues - the light wash at the end helps give it a bit of blend without feathering or seams. When I teach, I always show as many ways of painting as I can. I've even had people tell me it's "wrong", but I think it works, and to my way of thinking, the outcome is more important than following rules. :D
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dementedsped Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
oh, thats really cool! yeah, ive tried it that way before...i think with a flower or something...and it made it look pretty good...ive never really tried to do pets, though, so i'll have to work onn that......

i remember i ha done art instructor who had us do something like....a watered-down acrylic wash first, then build up with watercolors afer, then darken the areas with more acrylic. it looked pretty cool, actually.....

hey, have you ever experimented w/ watercolors under/over colored pencils?
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
I've done a couple of acrylic/watercolour paintings, but I've never tried it with coloured pencil. I bet it would look really cool, though. I'll have to give it a go and see what I can come up with!
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dementedsped Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
yeah, ive been planning to....i just ever have the time anymore...
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klazien Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Very well done, Chris ! The blue highlights do belong in this painting. The same you can see when people have black hair. There's also a shine of blue on it.

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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Thanks very much - I hope she likes it when it gets over there! It's a little odd to think this little painting is going to spend its days a lot closer to you than me! :D
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Frouwke Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
A WHOLE lot closer! :laughing: She lives in a province next to mine! XD
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Well, that's really close! :D
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Frouwke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Wait, what?! I forgot to fave this one! :D
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks! I was beginning to worry! "Oh, she doesn't really like it. She's just being nice when she says that..." :D Thanks very much for the :+fav:! XDD
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Frouwke Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
OFCOURSE I like it! :o You're wonderful! :D
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
:bow: Aw, thanks! :glomp: This one is really pretty popular! I think he's up to a dozen favourites already! :)

Hey, I'm going to try out your Christmas gift this week! :boogie: I'm really looking forward to it!
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely use of color, once again, Chris! Very nice!
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Thanks very much! I was pleased with the blue highlights on this one - sometimes it looks contrived. I packaged this up and sent it off to the Netherlands after I framed it. Then I got to thinking, "You know, I forgot to put wire on the frame. Gee, I hope they have wire in Europe...". :D
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hopefully so! But they must hang their work someway. So she'll contrive a hanging method, I'm sure. :nod:
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
When I mentioned it to her, she just kind of gave me an "Oh. No big deal." :D I don't think she realized I framed it.
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Frouwke Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
My mom is good with that kind of things, don't look at me like that. .__.
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D She was probably wonderfully surprised then!
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sweetsuome1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Lovely , and nice gallery :-)
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
Thank you very much indeed! :)
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sweetsuome1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
you're most welcome :-)
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Frouwke Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Ohh, now I have seen it! :D It's so pretty!! :aww: Actually, when you take a good look at black animals, you can see blue highlights (ref: other pic of Blacky, and I happen to like to look at Frisian horses :D), so it's a very good choice!

I think it's funny some people think Blacky's a puppy. :D I do have another pic where he looks like a real puppy, though! He looked at my dad while my dad was trying to pick stuff up he had just dropped.
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
I'm glad you like it! Black animals really do have that kind of bluish look about them!:D I've put it in a frame; can you note me with your address again?
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Jon--s Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Lovely colouring ;3;
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Thanks! Normally I wouldn't try something this out of the ordinary, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I guess Frouwke hasn't seen it. Or maybe she has!!! :wow:
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doodle3000 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Even cuter!=D
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Thanks! :hug:
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doodle3000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
Welcome!:hug:HUG!
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tankgirl09601 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
I have to fav this! ^^ Its sooooooooooooooooo cute!
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Well, thank you very much! And you did! Thanks for the :+fav:! :D
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Elaihr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It works really well, according to my opinion. You always manage to make the fur look real, you're awesome when it comes to highlights! And the dog itself is beautiful, but I guess you didn't make that one, right? =P
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Thanks very much! Nope, I didn't make the dog, but painting's easy with a pretty subject! :D
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Elaihr Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Not always, but it seems like it is so for you =P
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TheMould Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Oh my god ... wait 'till she sees this! :omg:
It looks soooo good <3 Shiny fur :aww:
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Well, I hope she likes it! Thanks very much, and hey - you added it to your favourites! Thanks! :)
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Kesari Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Basically... I'm stealing your talent and keeping it for myself. Like the first commenter said, if I had tried to do blue highlights, the dog would've looked like it had blue splotches of paint on its black fur. -_-

Consider your talent stolen. >>;
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Thanks very much! :D I don't know if there's much "talent" to steal! I've often said that anyone can paint like this - but the only ones who seem to really believe it are my students! :D
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Kesari Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Not me. I've tried and failed miserably. Embarrassingly, actually.
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
Oh, I doubt it was all that bad - you're so good at so many different media! I bet you could pick up on this kind of thing in a snap.
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SorrowfulSolitude Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
ooh lovely! definetly faving this one :D I used to have a black cat, and he also had that blue tint to his fur in certain lighting. He was pretty!
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Thanks very much - I appreciate the :+fav:! :)
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