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Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

Stuck...need Opinions On This Drawing

I'm stuck on this drawing. Drawn from a dog that was laying on a couch, the little boy leaning against it. Do I draw the couch/shade the background or can i leave the negative space. I kind of like it the way it is because the two stand out. But, will it look unfinished to everyone else? I need the opinions of others before I'm ready to call it done. Will appreciate all honest criticism and advice.
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Sarah

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Roy Erickson

2 Years Ago

I'd leave negative space - or it's gonna look cluttered - JMHO. rd

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Phyllis Beiser

2 Years Ago

I love it just the way that it is now...

 

Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Roy and Phyllis, for your quick feedback. I was hoping you'd say to leave it as is! I'm very grateful!!!

 

MM Anderson

2 Years Ago

I like the negative space. The only thing I think I'd do is add a little shading to the lower right behind the child's back and to the mid left side behind the dog's back just to anchor the subjects to the background a little better.

 

Mary Ellen Anderson

2 Years Ago

I think I'd change the boys eyes to looking down like the dogs is. Sharing a moment, instead of the snapshot look. This would also make the background less relevant, while still opening up more possibilities to develop your mood and story.

 

Robert Woolley

2 Years Ago

I think you did a great job perfect! Sometimes I get carried away and over work the picture One of the secrets my instructor taught me is you have to know when to stop!

 

Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

Thank you all for your opinions and insight! Greatly appreciated.
Sarah

 

Heather Applegate

2 Years Ago

Maybe I'm the only one that thinks it looks unfinished... maybe it's just too white a background for me to make it look complete and the dog is floating in mid air.

 

Isabella Abbie Shores

2 Years Ago

Love it just the way it is!

 

Mo T

2 Years Ago

As Fabbie said...Love it...Anyways it's always better to leave it even kind of "Unfinished" than "Overdo" something...

 

Nicola Thompson

2 Years Ago

I like it as it is. I think a nice frame would finish it off for you, making it look complete. Amazing drawing by the way.

 

Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

Thank you all so much for your honesty. I've taken it all into consideration. I tried a little shading behind the dog & boy- tell me what you think.... is it better with or without?

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Balanced Art

2 Years Ago

i think something under the dog would allow people to wrap there brain around the good use of negative space above... the paws look out of context

 

Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

I'm just worried that with the shading, now the negative space (where the couch would be) looks....really unfinished. ??

 

Gunter Nezhoda

2 Years Ago

I totally love it, it has personality, shows the friendship and the boy has a Rockwell feel.

 

Heather Applegate

2 Years Ago

Background looks way better to me, but the dog is still floating... but if you like it, that's all that really matters.

 

Melissa Bittinger

2 Years Ago

I'm going to mirror what MM suggested, lower right corner area a little darker in tone to balance and anchor. That said...........damn you are seriously good!!!!

 

James Ahn

2 Years Ago

Nice drawing.... as far as painting or overall shading values I think quite possibly the white t-shirt is too white..Wait...it may not be that the shirt is too white as opposed to where the dog's feet elbow and shirt meets is a white negative space. I feel there needs to be more shirt below the boy's elbow. I like the angles of the picture...I just don't know how shading the negative space I mentioned would affect the overall effect of the painting because the dog's tones are darker as opposed to the boy... and if decided to shade in the negative space you would quite possibly have to shade a little behind the mid back of the boy... which would probably disrupt the angles of the drawing I like. As far as someone mentioning the position of the eyes. I actually like the eye placement because it gives a great dynamic of a boy pulling the dog in to take the picture, while the bashful dog doesn't know what's going on a shys away from the camera. The boys like take my picture and the dog's like what don't take my picture.

 

Ricardo De Almeida

2 Years Ago

It's beautiful.

 

Loretta Luglio

2 Years Ago

I would slightly shade under the dog to anchor him down . Then I would leave it. Don't over work it. It's very well done as is.

 

Mary Ellen Anderson

2 Years Ago

I agree with James. The eye change would be a totally different story. And the white space below the dogs legs needs tweaking.

 

Sarah Batalka

2 Years Ago

Thank you all so much for the feedback. I have to give it some thought- I'll probably attempt to tackle the negative space below the dog tommorrow. And maybe tweak the shading a bit. I appreciate the help... and the compliments.

 

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