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  • Nanette Levin posted artwork 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    I’m still working on the actual “book” one for today, but figured you need a book worm first, right? Anyone have any tips on doing dog noses? I’m really struggling here and not sure why. Thanks! You all are wonderful! Morrie Book Worm cropped

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    I\'m still working on the actual \"book\" one for today, but figured you need a book worm first, right? Anyone have any tips on doing dog noses? I\'m really struggling here and not sure why. Thanks! You all are wonderful! Morrie Book Worm cropped
    I’m still working on the actual “book” one for today, but figured you need a book
    • Noses can be difficult! They are so reflective. It comes down to light sources, as so many things do. Decide where your lighting is coming from. Then, despite what you are seeing, plan on three different colors: the shadowed area-usually under and around the nostrils, the local color (the actual color of the nose)-all of the nose except where shadowed and highlighted, and the highlight-where the light source is hitting. If you see highlights beneath the nostrils, you can ignore them or use the local color inside the shadowed color. It might help if you google the anatomy of a dog’s nose (always a good idea when trying to figure the parts of an animal). In real life, it can be hard to figure out. Above all – figure out what your focus is. If the eyes are more important, downplay the nose. If you are focusing on a doggy grin, the nose might need more detail than normal. For this picture, you could simplify the nose a lot because the glasses and expression of the eyes are the important thing. It’s a FABULOUS painting, by the way!

      • Oh, crap, it’s that light thing again, eh. I struggle so with figuring out how where the light is coming from will affect what I’m looking at as a painting subject. Probably shouldn’t have picked a black dog with a black nose for the project I’m working on ;-). What do you think of shifting to blue as the “actual color of the nose?” You are such a gem, Sandra, with your kindness and patience with my dumb questions. I’m off to study dog anatomy!

        • Yup! Light source is the bane of many an artist. The only thing worse, in my opinion, is perspective. I can only post one link, so if you look at my artwork, you can find these dogs (https://doodlewash.com/members/sandra-strait/artwork/). If you look at a couple of the noses I’ve done – on the weimaraner, I used the various colors from the dog, lavender for local, light lavender for highlight, and blue-violet for shadow. With the St. Bernard. I again used colors from the dog, dark brown for shadow, light brown for local and blue for the rather large high-lighted area. Sometimes your highlight will be white or almost white, but quite often blue gives a lovely sheen and would be quite common in a black dog as a reflected light. You can get by with just having local, shadow and highlight, but you might want to look up some information about the different kinds of light. It might help you with your choices. I could try to explain, but honestly a good drawing shows you in one glance, where written explanations never quite explain clearly enough.

          • This is awesome. I love the way you handled the weimaraner, the corgi, and the St. Bernard. For some reason, I couldn’t access your art gallery when I tried to do so multiple times (a while ago and recently) from your profile, so I really appreciate your sending the link. Great stuff! I’m a visual gal (ironic, I get, making my living mostly from writing), so really appreciate the pictures. I am so grateful for the education you’re providing me, Sandra. What can I do for you?

            • Thank you, Nanette. All you can do is keep sharing your work so I can enjoy your progress! I don’t always have time to give people detailed answers but I do whenever I can. The best way to learn is to show someone else how to do something, so I consider it a win/win!

    • Wonderful!

    • Very nice!

    • This is great and so expressive.

    • Wonderful!

    • Fantastic!

    • Ha ha, brilliant.

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