Friday, 28 August 2009

chocolate lab commission complete

'cookie' the finished image

close up of the head

After a few finishing touchs and a day on the board to check that i'm happy with it i'm calling this one complete.It has taken a good deal of layering to build up the shiny look to the coat which was necessary as the reference photo's had all been taken with quite strong lighting giving some strong lights and darks to work with.When finishing up the coat i got the opportunity to loosen up a bit and use some good and broad directional strokes of a 3B using the pencil on its side which i find helps with fur portrayal when depicting longer length hair,particularly if its a little curly.i hope the client will be happy with the finished portrait as i know it will mean a great deal to them.

15 comments:

Dors said...

I am sure the client will be so happy..This is an awesome work Clive. You are so talented. I hope one day to be able to achieve your level.

Great job.

Clive Meredith said...

oh thankyou dors,client has now seen drawing and is delighted,phew!

Vic said...

Beautiful work and I have so enjoyed watching this one come to life....I am sure your client will be very pleased.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

This will mean tones to them and the tears they'll shed will be the ones tugging at the heart strings. Great portrait!

Sarah Diane said...

Amazing work! I love the expression you've captured in the eyes, trusting and perhaps, expectant. Beautiful animal!

Highton-Ridley said...

Most excellent - Cookie looks so alive in your rendition. Spooky but nice!

Clive Meredith said...

thankyou everyone ive thoroughly enjoyed this drawing and the technical challenges it posed.my client is indeed very pleased

Johnny said...

2 Fantastic portraits Clive! This one and your eagle knocked my socks off.

Clive Meredith said...

many thanks john

Wendy Mould said...

Great work Clive. I love the way you cropped the face for the drawing, it gives a very intimate look to the portrait.

Clive Meredith said...

thankyou wendy

Grahame Butler said...

Great work Clive as always, how could the client be anything else but pleased...

Clive Meredith said...

many thanks grahame,i dont do many commissions each year so i still find it a bit nerve-racking presenting them,but i guess its the same with all of us

Mark said...

Clive.

You have absolutely captured Cookie's expression.

Thanks again.

You are far too modest and completely underestimate your given talent, you should show your growing number of fans the photo you created this from as you have worked miracles.

Clive Meredith said...

many thanks mark i hope it makes your wife's day!