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Lucky Dog by mtman318 Lucky Dog by mtman318
An acrylic painting of my dog (Lucky) I made a few months back, on a 16" X 20" canvas.  This is a monochromatic painting using Raw Umber as the base color (lightening it with Titanium White); it's very gray looking--probably because these were uber-cheap student-grade acrylics.

Though I wish the background were a lot smoother, I really liked how this turned out.  One of my best pieces yet.
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arteater1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
I see why about the paint....... as EVERYTHING in this country has gone sky high in price while wages have gone down farther than anyone could have ever thought. The corporations fund the politicians election campaigns and the tacit agreement is that we'll give you all the money you need, and in return you let us "LOOT" the people of this country.
The painting is really good but the mono-tone has never been a favorite of mine. The work is very good.
mtman318 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Too true.

Thank you!  I should make something like this in full color sometime, but I'm not sure when that will be.
missayeka Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015   Photographer
the dog looks resting after a long day at play and content with the world
mtman318 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Actually, he'd just woken up xD, but I'd say the second part is spot on!  Thank you (and sorry it took so long to reply).
missayeka Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015   Photographer
its ok I sometimes take a long time to reply. some reply's need thought and or I been working a lot XD 
Porsheee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Writer
Ohhh, what a great painting! Let me put my thoughts out:

- This is quite realistic, especially from a distance. I actually thought it was a picture when I saw the thumbnail. :giggle: 
- The texture you got on Lucky's fur is quite natural. Also soft looking. :la: Over all, this is quite a good piece. I do have some suggestions, though. 
- The colors are all neutral. I know it's a monochromatic piece, but normally (from what I've seen) the monochrome is so that some parts pop more. You know, to just draw you attention? Contrast and such? But here, you barely notice the color. It doesn't stand out. It looks more realistic, but also less interesting. 
- The composition could use some work. The focal point (I'd say Lucky's nose area?) is too close to the center. Try to use the rule of thirds.

All in all, I love the realism and softness of your brush strokes, but I think your composition and colors could use a little work. Have fun, and good luck! 
mtman318 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student General Artist
So I had this nice detailed reply I was finishing up... and I accidentally closed the page Yahoo Bang Head Emoticon 

I'll just write the gist of it:  I agree about the colors--I forgot to mention in the description that this was an assignment that allowed either raw umber or ultramarine blue.  The blue seems too out of place to use here, but unfortunately the umber is pretty drab--something like burnt sienna would probably work better (or maybe burnt umber since it's a little more colorful than raw umber in my opinion).

As for my use/misuse of the rule of thirds, I agree to disagree.  His entire face is the focus of the painting, and if I center it in any of the four spots corresponding with the rule of thirds, it fails to grab my attention as much.  Also, doing that would put the edges of his face too close to the edge of the painting for my tastes, and it would leave too much empty space or otherwise boring things in the rest of the painting.  (We were required to use a photo reference, so I couldn't add things from imagination to improve the composition.)

In any case, thank you for the feedback and compliments, and sorry it took so long to reply to this!
Porsheee Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Writer
Oh stars, I do that too. Often times I rage quit and never come back, depending on the length of the comment. :faint: I did that once with a description in a deviation I'd submitted, and it was a SUPER long description. 

Yeah, that changes a lot. I guess next time when it's not such a limited assignment! 

Okay! I mean, it's your art. It just looks a bit off balance to me, that's all. If that makes any sense.

Of course! No, that's totally fine. If I were you I would probably just never reply... ahaha... Which is why I'm such a bad role model.  
LilaYan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job. Definitely feel the soul in this one too:)
mtman318 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you--it was difficult trying to truly convey his personality here, but I think it payed off!
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June 18, 2015
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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS
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1/6 second
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6 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 9, 2015, 10:22:36 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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