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Monday, December 12, 2011

American Bulldog Pencil Portrait in Graphite (enhanced)

While I await client approval, I wanted to share with you this dog portrait's new "look" with the darker background. I really feel this is what was missing to make the dog stand out from the page, whereas before, he seemed to blend too much with the background. You can probably notice on this update the subtle hint of color (used colored pencils) of the eyes, eye patch and muzzle.
American Bulldog Pencil Portrait in Graphite by Colette Theriault
"Pearl"~American Bulldog
graphite pencil /charcoal and cp on Fabriano paper
10"x10"

To view the progression of this portrait visit my website at
http://www.colettetheriault.com/descriptions/workinprogess/American_Bulldog_wip.php

10 comments:

Peter Brown said...

Beautiful work Colette, but I'm afraid it's a face only a mother could love!

lampros lampinos said...

what a picture... very lovely, congratulations

sue said...

Pearl really 'pings' off the page now you've darkened the background (what a lot of Ps in that sentence) lol

Its always a dilemma working out how to best portray white animals isn't it - particularly when using graphite

Colette Theriault said...

I appreciate your lovely comments Peter, Lamprios and Sue. Thanks!!

Dianna Soisson said...

How cute!!! You've got technique and character all rolled up in this one Colette. Niiice!

Colette Theriault said...

Thank you Diana!

hmuxo said...

INCREDIBLE!!!! I LOVE IT!!! That hint of color is perfect! And love the darker background, Colette!!!

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks so much Hilda!!

art by Renske said...

I always find it so beautiful to see how a painting is built. He is really beautiful. Just brilliant!

I have just awardes you the versatile blogger award! Happy blogging.

Lene said...

a gorgeous portrait, the colors really adds a fine touch to it