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The Good Boy of Canis Major
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Published: August 23, 2018
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Media used: Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos3 Tablet
Time to create: 5 hours 45min
Constellation: Canis Major ("Great Dog") /  Nebula: Thors Helmet (NGC 2359)
Speedpaint video: youtu.be/Un_A8n35t4g

Sooo, since I've been doing cats in space paintings, I decided to take a stab at drawing dogs in space. I don't think I've ever drawn or painted a realistic dog before, so this was a new experience for me.


I intended this painting to be a 2-3 hour speed painting, but after hour 3 into this project, I realized I used the wrong nebula for Canis Major. I accidentally drew M42 and M43, instead of a open star cluster M41. I ended up ditching M41 for a different nebula in the area of Canis Major. Still happy with that choice, but not happy that it took an additional 3ish hours to fix my mistake. Ah well.

Pretty picture overall tho. :)

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7200x4950px 13.26 MB
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AIH-76-Studios's avatar
AIH-76-Studios|Student General Artist
Lovely! Brilliant concept, and a great combo of two of my favorite things: aanimals and space. Beautiful. I've tried that a bit before myself:
Space Whale by AIH-76-Studios  
They just mesh so well together sometimes.
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Keyshe54|Professional Traditional Artist
Super darling! Love the sweeping form of the space gas with the fur details :D
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mayuralover|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually using the nebula as part of the painting, that's so beautiful! 
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Moon-Shadow-1985's avatar
Excellent idea!  

Any plans for other Constellations, too?  

:);):happybounce::squee:
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Delight046|Professional General Artist
Depends! I actually wanted to go back to painting some spacey cats. XD I love kitties too much. I did know I wanted to do Saggitarius (that is my favorite constellation because it points to the center of the milkyway galaxy).

Also just did a google search, theres like 88 constellations. O_______O I'm not sure I can handle THAT big of a project.
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Moon-Shadow-1985's avatar
Have you also seen?:  

Leo by ARVEN92

:)
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Moon-Shadow-1985's avatar
By "any plans for other Constellations", I certainly did not mean *All* of them ^^; , just select ones you'd choose, like you did with Canis Major, here (i.e. Orion, or Ursa Major, etc.).  

:)

BTW:  When you say "I did know I wanted to do Saggitarius (that is my favorite constellation because it points to the center of the Milky Way galaxy)", is that also in reference to the Saggitarius Alpha Star & Saggitarius Zero Star ( wikimoon.org/index.php/Sagitta… & wikimoon.org/index.php/Sagitta…sailormoon.wikia.com/wiki/Sagi… ), from 'Sailor Moon'?  

:)
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