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Old 05-07-2011, 12:04 PM
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Default Call for reference pets - READ FIRST


So, I'm asking for some of your pets to be guinea pigs again. Here's the deal:

I've been practicing digital painting more. I tend to have varying styles, but my style for pet portraits tends to lean towards "realistic cartoon" like these:

They have an "inked" outline, and then colour. Part of why I use this method is because it's very formulaic - I can guesstimate my hourly wage easily because I can accurately predict how long it will usually take me to do a portrait in this style. Sketch takes x minutes, inks take x hours, colour takes x hours. Calculate wage, done.

Lately I've been playing with more of a painterly style. A few friends of mine are mind-blowingly skilled at digital painting in various forms, using the same software I use, so I've been apprenticing under them some. The results aren't terrible so far, but I could improve.

Examples (not pets of course - the first was a paid commission and the second is a personal characterthing):

Now, not only do I want to experiment with pets, I want to experiment with a more exaggerated style to go with it - I don't like doing plain old painted standard pet portraits. They're a dime a dozen elsewhere, as I'm noticing even more now that I'm on a pet portrait forum and I seem to be the only one who does things a bit differently (some of you guys should join - I LOVE the varied styles of the artists on Chaz!).

I don't know exactly HOW I want to play with this yet, it's all open-ended.

So, if you want to submit your pet to potentially be tested in my who-knows-what endeavours, now's the time.


1. As with any time any artist on here asks for reference pets: I may use your pet, I may not. Since these are freebies and for the purpose of my own personal experimentation, I'll pick whatever pet tickles my fancy at a given time for what I want to try. Don't take it personally and please for the love of goD don't hint and whine if I don't pick you.

2. I will send you the finished piece (either via Chaz PM or email) and ask your permission before posting it elsewhere, and you can say no without obligation. Regardless, the painting will be yours to keep and I'll be happy to send you a high-res copy as well.

3. You can request progress images, but I may or may not be able to deliver. I'll be doing these in my small gaps of spare time.

4. All animals are welcome, but try to pick one of your pets and give me 3-5 reference images, as opposed to one pic of each pet in your household or whatever.

5. I'll definitely be streaming the progress whenever I can, so watch my "Allie Draws Live" thread for deets. I'll try and do some of these during my evening hours so more people can watch, but no promises.

ETA: 6. As I'm working on these in my spare time as mentioned above, NO timelines or anything, I honestly have no clue. I might have some done in the next few weeks, or I may get none done. Paid work has to come first, especially right now, and I won't burn myself out.

Thanks in advance, guys! I trust you all to keep this within Chaz, as well - I always give you guys this opportunity first because you have all been by best customers and promoters, and I like to repay the karma whenever I can. <3

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Old 05-07-2011, 12:13 PM
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I'm definitely going to send you a few. I have to go through my photos first though.
Joey- Ibizan Hound
Cricket- Mexican Street dog (we think Xolo mix)
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:15 PM
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There's a pet portrait forum? Link me?

Feel free to use any of my guys and any of my pics. There's tons on my flickr account: Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing I don't mind if you use any of them.

You've drawn most the paps but Mia's got tons of reference shots of course. Mia's album: Mia - a set on Flickr

My Bad Dog by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

mia by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

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Or Ada might be a good challenge with all her muttly, scruffy charm.

DSC_6404 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

DSC_5976 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

DSC_5798 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

aa by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

a2 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

ada2 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr

Or if you want a chinchilla, let me know and you can borrow Scout.

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Old 05-07-2011, 12:21 PM
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Ok I'll play offer. Sure ask me to pick ONE pet lol...

Kat! (cause I think she has lots of expression... and in the off chance you do pick her I have nothing of her )

Want to paint speckles?

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Old 05-07-2011, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
There's a pet portrait forum? Link me?
Sure! Any Chaz artists interested can go join, I'd be glad for the company. I'm pretty brand new to it myself, haven't posted much and have mostly been lurking, which I always do when I'm new to a forum, haha. It's predominated by a lot of UK people and it's primarily folks working in real media pastels, oils, etc but there's folks of all skill levels and mediums there! Seems like a pretty cool place.

Pet Portraits and wildlife art forum - run by professional portrait artists Melanie and Nick.

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Old 05-07-2011, 12:36 PM
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You can use Pip if you like...


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Old 05-07-2011, 02:01 PM
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You're welcome to use any of Izzie or Wile E. or Diego... Anything on my Flickr is game and if you by chance need more photos i can get them for you

ETA: You've used Izzie before so i'm just tossing my hat in just in case you want any of the Chihuahua boys.

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Old 05-07-2011, 02:10 PM
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Oh the style of the cartoony realistic is awesome.


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Old 05-07-2011, 02:21 PM
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You can use anything on my Flickr. I'll post some of Murph here.

IMG_3003 by taqroy, on Flickr

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Murphy3 by taqroy, on Flickr

IMG_2521 by taqroy, on Flickr

If you do pick him and need a better angle just let me know.

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Old 05-07-2011, 02:34 PM
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Wow, what amazing paintings you do!

You can take any of my animals, I have dogs, cats, rabbits, guineas, hamsters and fish. Feel free to use any you like. One of my bunnies togther would be awesome to see, but that's not a hint
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