Show Autumn at the Arboretum - 2 DAYS
Dog: RoseHeart's Tri'N For The Trifecta Penelope went with Lucky to the Arboretum, as per Myrianna's urging. They were going to have Tessa go too, but her coat wasn't quite ready. Tessa and Lucky had whelped their litter on the same day, and while the litter wasn't yet weaned at 5 1/2 weeks, Lucky's coat had bounced back quicker. Naturally, females were less coaty then the males but Lucky had an abundance of coat. There were times during a stride, that it looked like she was two dogs. Just way too much fur everywhere, but it was part of her beauty and her charm.
When Lucky wasn't looking her best for a judge, during down time, she'd run under the tall trees that had splits in them, or sniffed all the bushes. Once the mist rolled in from the deep woods though, Penelope saw something that really made her strain her eyes to make sure she truly saw what she thought she saw. Once she confirmed her beliefs, she whipped out her cell phone and took a photo, texting it to Myrianna with the caption, "I GOT A ROCK!"
When Myrianna who was planning the upcoming week of puppy weaning who were on solid foods at times, received the text from Penelope, she bowled over laughing. She remembered something she used to do with Penelope when they had just met. They'd take long walks, talking up storms along some old train trains and both train their eyes on the myriad of rocks over and around the tracks, looking for signs of fossils. They still do this, just not as often as they used to. Whenever one would find what she thought was a fossil, the other would study it closely and determine if it was indeed a fossil. Most often, she'd shake her head and say, "Just a rock." After a while, the one who had discovered what wasn't a fossil after all, she'd exclain proudly, "I got a rock!" From then on, it became a running gag.
Looks like Penelope had found the latest one, even if it was held in the greedy wooden hands of a sneaky woodland troll.
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PS. I used to do this with friends of mine, or my dad, with finding cool rocks and fossils along the train tracks behind my house growing up, and thought it fit in here just perfectly.
For those wondering, Lucky has 1 R. CACIB.
How this was made: I have a bad habit of letting myself get distracted. So how I finished this is beyond me. xD The background was in most ways, a speedpaint. Now, I didn't get this done in like, 30 mins because I took small breaks in between, so I could ask myself, "What do I do next, with what brush, what texture, how should this look, how should that look." It went on and on. But with that, it was done in a few hours.
The bushes are 2 different brushes in various sizes. One being a texture brush. The ground is 2 different horizon lines, not including the sky/ghostly trees.
The tree texture, fur on the dog, fur used as grass by the trees (def. better than the ye old grass brushes of late), fog brush, and brushes used for blocking in color and shading by Chickenbusiness
Foliage brush used on the ground, and the leaves on the ground by the tree roots by dierat
The ghostly trees are from a mega pack with no real name to it. They were on a 10% opacity.
Lucky herself, was hand drawn, inked in SAI, colored in Photoshop CS6, and each fur color had 4 different layers! Then an additional for fluffing her up along the outside. My furry dogs...take roughly 2-3 days a piece to finish like this!
I am super proud of this, tbh. The only thing I think I could've done better, is having the fog be a little more uh ... less obvious, and more behind the trees than in front. But by that time, I had merged the layers. But all in all, very proud!!! My fav. part? Believe it or not, Lucky's tongue. I shaded it wonderfully.