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Old 10-08-2006, 10:38 AM
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This is my first attempt at a portrait in colored pencils, it's certainly different from working with pastels! It's of my sister's Rottie, Mattie. (Don't know if it'll turn out, it might just join my other 'train wrecks' hidden away in the back of a closet...)

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Old 10-08-2006, 10:42 AM
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Train wreck????? It looks fantastic already! I envy your talent.
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I love it
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:10 PM
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Interesting to see your works in progress and compare to the way i work. I start at the eyes and the center of teh piece and work my way out. So far so good, looking forward to the next step.
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:43 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, Doc and Jess. I can already see a couple of spots where I've messed up, but they should be fixable...

Smkie: Lol! That's how I usually start my basic line drawing once I'm past the general sketch for position stage. It seems easier to judge the distance between the various parts (ears, nose, etc.) once the eyes are in place.

Shading is all over the board for pencil, although I generally start in the vicinity of the eyes - With pastels (usually horses), once I have the shadows and highlights in place, I start my color layers at the nose and work up the face.
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:48 PM
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That's great!!! I love it. Definitely a great job. It's coming along nicely.
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Oh, WOW! It's beautiful!! I can't wait to see it when it's finished!!

I wish I knew how to draw in colored pencils.... (Can you teach me? )
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:10 PM
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Lol! That'd be hard cuz I don't know what I'm doing either... I did a google search for colored pencil technique and found a site that actually offers a tutorial online (and found out I had already screwed up from the get go. I had lightly sketched Mattie in a 3H graphite pencil for a starting point. According to this guy, graphite doesn't mix well with colored pencils and you're not supposed to do your preliminary drawing with it. Oh well... Lol!)
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Lol! That'd be hard cuz I don't know what I'm doing either... I did a google search for colored pencil technique and found a site that actually offers a tutorial online (and found out I had already screwed up from the get go. I had lightly sketched Mattie in a 3H graphite pencil for a starting point. According to this guy, graphite doesn't mix well with colored pencils and you're not supposed to do your preliminary drawing with it. Oh well... Lol!)
Can you please give me the link to the online tutorial? I'd love to see it.

And it definatly doesn't look like you've screwed up! I'm sure it'll turn out great.
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