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on: March 25, 2016, 12:40:01 AM

I've been commissioned to paint 2 portraits of 2 black cats - named Wilma and Grace. I actually had to go to the clients' home and take the photos of the cats - who weren't very cooperative - thus, Allan's hands are in the photo (which I deleted in the painting!)

I'm working on Wilma right now, and before I paint the background and remove the masking fluid from the whiskers, I thought I'd see if anyone has any suggestions for me on how to improve this. The clients have a fairly mono chromatic color scheme for their home, but I don't think a white background is the best for a black cat. I'm thinking alizarin crimson may be best. Any thoughts on that would be greatly appreciated too.  I have to tell you, painting an all black cat is not an easy task!  Thanks in advance for your comments...
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Sharon


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Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 01:14:50 AM
Fabulous job on this, Sharon.  Eyes are really deep and shiny.

Check the nose really closely with the original.  Seems a bit off - especially the right side (cat's left).

Lucky the cats were not white.  That would have been even harder.

Personally, I'd go with a soft green, almost on the lime side, to pick up the color tint in the eyes.

The clients are going to love this.

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Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 03:03:40 AM
Thanks, Mea! I'll check out the nose and see what I can do to improve it. And I like the idea of the green - I probably should ask the client what they prefer. And I don't know what's harder - all black or all white!
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Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016, 03:13:21 AM
Looking good, Sharon. Love those eyes! I think you might aim for a little more black and gray fur, especially on the top of the head, and try to soften it. The whiteish lines look a little spiky.
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Reply #4 on: March 25, 2016, 06:31:20 AM
Looking very good :clap: :clap: :clap: I personally will consult with the client as to the background choice (give them 3 colours) as it will have to match their preferences O0
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Reply #5 on: March 25, 2016, 11:07:04 AM
Looking good Sharon. Reshape the mouth/chin on the cat's right side. Just a small fix. Definately confer with the client on background colour.  O0

I agree black cats are not easy, 'm going to try Oscar in scratchboard....since he seemed to like posing so much when I did the class!


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Reply #6 on: March 25, 2016, 12:13:52 PM
Nice cat Sharon.  Black cats are not easy to do, sometimes it looks just like a big blac blob, we can not see any definition. This one has lots of highlight to define the face.   
I would add a light wash of blue to give it more life.      Did you use plain black. I think that alizarin would be to powerful.  I think maybe  something similar to the eye colour, which is reflecting in his eyes.    :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 05:07:33 PM
Thanks for all of the great feedback everyone! I've emailed the edited version of Wilma (with your edit suggestions incorporated) to the client with 4 background color options.  I painted these on paper and took a photo of them (great idea Dennis.) Assuming he likes the painting and chooses a background color, I'll repost when I've painted that version...

Now I wait!
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Sharon


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Reply #8 on: March 25, 2016, 11:09:32 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  A beautiful job Sharon.    Patricia
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Reply #9 on: March 26, 2016, 01:35:56 AM

Thanks Patricia. Sent the painting to the client and haven't heard a word yet. Here's Wilma with the suggested edits for now. I think she's looking good so far.
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Reply #10 on: March 26, 2016, 01:40:39 AM
Overall looking much better! The mouth is great, and the added darks have filled out the shape of the head.  O0   Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #11 on: March 26, 2016, 01:43:34 AM
Absolutely looking good Sharon!!

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Reply #12 on: March 26, 2016, 02:00:07 AM
Thanks Val and Mea. Seeing the painting next to the photo on the PB site allowed me to recognize better what I needed to do, especially using the blue wash to darken the lighter areas as Danielle suggested. (And Danielle, my black is a combo of burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and indigo blue!)
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Sharon


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Reply #13 on: March 26, 2016, 05:01:04 AM
 :smitten: oh such a pretty kitty, Sharon. Can't wait to see Wilma with the background color. You do such lovely work.
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Reply #14 on: March 26, 2016, 04:00:00 PM
Thanks Kathy!

And just heard back from the client who wrote "Wow!!!!!  Looks just like Wilma!!!!!!!  You rock Sharon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Whew! They like the rust colored option (burnt Sienna with alizarim Crimson) for the background color. Will post when done - heading to my rabbi's son bar mitzvah now!
Cheers,
Sharon