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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!
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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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