Call for reference pets - READ FIRST

AllieMackie

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Hi!

So, I'm asking for some of your pets to be guinea pigs again. :D 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. :D

Things:

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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Laurelin

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There's a pet portrait forum? Link me? :D

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

av4 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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.
 

Dekka

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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 :D)





Want to paint speckles?




 

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There's a pet portrait forum? Link me? :D
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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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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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 :p
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You can use any of mine. I dont really have a variety of pics of Layla though she doesnt really like pics.

Walker









Oakley






if you need anymore of him let me know!
 

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Pics of Teh Frod if you would like to use him :)







If you decide to use him and need any more images let me know, or if you want bigger images. :)
 

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I don't have a ton of varying shots of her (she thinks being nose deep in the lens will get her a cookie and she's 14, so we don't argue with her much) but the Elf is fairly interesting looking :)

I have with and without haircut pics, whichever is more amusing, and if you were to need a larger pic, let me know






 

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Want Emma or Middie pics for this? I've got tons of good ones of Em, and some recent good pics of Middie.
 

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I always love seeing what you come up with! :)

maybe a little cocker'tude

incase you wanted to practice some cocker ears lol






If you want Bailey or ferret pics feel free to steal from my FB... I can always take some for you if you want :p
 

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Hm...Webster's already an exaggerated caricature in real life so here he is lol, but you're free to use any of them. And if you do pick them you're welcome to share whatever you create; as long as I know about it I don't care.











Otherwise pretty much any Mira/Kim thread has funky action shots lol
 

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I'm not sure if you want cats...but I would love to see Apollo as an exaggerated caricature. ROFLMAO






You're welcome to use any of my pictures on my photobucket account, though. I have various dogs, various cats (and kittens), ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, fish, and various other rodents (mice, hamsters, gerbil, STO).
Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket

And to make it easier on you ->
Apollo pictures: Apollo pictures by blackrose13459 - Photobucket
Ferret pictures: Ferrets pictures by blackrose13459 - Photobucket
Chloe pictures: Chloe pictures by blackrose13459 - Photobucket

Any of the ferrets and Chloe would be my next picks. ^^
 

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