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Lady with greyhound
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Published: May 5, 2013
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Look at this: I´m ONLY a week late with this birthday gift! ^^; Eh, better than usual.

Aaaaanyway... This is a birthday gift for the lovely :icone-c-h: :D

When asked what she´d like, she simply told me she wanted something with greyhounds. At first I was like "oh, nooes. I can´t draw animals! Specially not greyhounds", but then I decided to give it a try, because half the reason I give fellow deviants gifts is to have a chance to try new things and improve my skills. And I think that out of all my friends and watchers, E-C-H is probably the one who has helped me the most with tips to better my technical skills.

So, since I had a lot of possibilities, I decided to go for a picture drawn from a reference, in honor of all the precious help she has given me over the past few months. I hope this first time drawing a greyhound hasn´t sucked too much :blush:

Original reference is "Portrait of Madame X" by John Singer Sargent, one of my personal favorites, which I feel :icone-c-h: would like :D [link]

The greyhound was drawn based off several random pictures from google, and hair and dress are a sort of composition based off may fashion plates from the 1880s with a dash of inspiration from the new Anna Karenina movie (which looks gorgeous, but give me the 1967 soviet movie version any day over it. :XD:)
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Gryffgirl's avatar
So incredibly elegant! I noticed the Sargent "Portrait of Madame X" reference right away before I read your notes, so congratulations! You succeeded! I have seen a lot of improvement in your technical skills. I really like the pose and the draping of the gown. I also love John Singer Sargent's art. When I was in London in the 90's they had an exhibition of his work at the Tate Gallery. I was over the moon! :love:
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InkyRose|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really stunning! The black dress is beautiful and contrasts well with her pale skin and hair and the greyhound is a lovely touch :D
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Very elegant. Especially when you have a limited color palate and yet you keep it...like a label you'd see wrapped around a classy bottle of some wonderful drink, or an ad for something old world and classy. It is a beautiful picture.
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pythiadelphi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the Art Deco stylisation of this.
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e-c-h|Professional General Artist
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :iconzomgcatplz:First off, let me say that "Madame X" by John Singer Sargent is one of my favorite paintings by one of my favorite painters so I was so delighted when I saw this!!! :icondeepstareplz: Next I must squee over the fact that you not only went out of your comfort zone to draw a lovely greyhound (you really did a great job, especially for not being used to it) :iconpusheenyayplz:, but you also drew a full figure, such pretteh hands, the fabric looks gorgeous, and the piece as a whole impresses me! :iconyaytigerplz::iconyaytigerplz::iconyaytigerplz: It's so beautiful and elegant! Thank you so much! It was obviously worth the belatedness (Not that I even care about such things :heart:) Thank you so much for making this gorgeous piece, I'm honored! I'm also so pleased to have helped you in any way and hope I can continue to do so :hug: :heart: :heart:
Thank you for making my evening awesome!!! :iconfurryhuggleplz:
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JosieCarioca|Hobbyist General Artist
I had a haunch from your style that you´d like Sargent! So fecking pleased with my art-analysis skillz right now *feelz like a boss* :D

I guess I should thank you for taking me out of my comfort zone with your request! :glomp: You have NO idea how much YOU have made MY evening with this comment. Seriously! I love getting feedback from you, and to have such a positive response from one of my favorite DA artists is just OMFG! THE AWESOMENESS HURTS!!!:faint:

Seriously thank you so much for everything: for the patience to answer my questions, for taking the time to read the ramblings on my notes, for taking a look at my characters in spite of all understandable misgivings people have with ocs, and just for being awesome, toughful and kind :love::glomp:

This is me right now: [link]
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e-c-h|Professional General Artist
Sargent is so wonderful :) 2 of the museums nearby have some of his work ^__^ He's probably my favorite American painter.

:hug: well I'm glad my request could do that. I often find the same when I get a school assignment that I go "OH nooo, not that, that's too out of my zone", and yet it'll stand out somehow because I need to be more creative, so I think it's not uncommon. When we put forth the same thing again and again, we usually improve with the practice, but then there is inevitably a period of stagnation, so that's why even though I have my favorite subjects *ahem Snape XD I try to work in lots of other concepts in between. I think it helps teach new ideas one wouldn't normally think of while exploring the comfortable subjects, but then when one returns to them, one has new techniques to try out ^_^

AWw, I'm so happy to give feedback! And YAY for long rambling notes, as if I haven't done plenty myself!!!! It's one of my favorite things about talking to you ^_^

:hug: I fully accept Evelyn in an alternate universe as being with Snape, even support from what I know. Perhaps my comfort level with fanfics will gradually change over time, though for now it's still the same. I'm just thankful you can understand that! You know, I just had a thought regarding that..I'll note you about it.
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