Thursday, 20 June 2013

Puppy Love...

A while back, during the 75 day sketch challenge (yawn, yes I'm still banging on about that and I still have another three of those feckin' sketches to post at some point) I did a sketch of Reuben from a really cute photo I'd taken of him in bed cuddling his duck. I wasn't happy with it because I'd drawn his snout too short and it didn't look like him to me.  

S's dad was visiting at the time and had said that he would love a copy of the sketch but as I wasn't happy with it I decided to draw it again (this time using pencil so I could rub out any mistakes) and then used Indian ink with a watercolour wash.

'Puppy love' - original Indian ink and watercolour 8 x 5 inches

I scanned it onto the computer before I painted it and then printed it out on watercolour paper two different ways, one with a washout effect so the black lines were very faint grey and one just normal. Then I painted each of them as well:

Version two - faded print with watercolour - 8.2 x 5.8 inches


Version three - Print with watercolour 8.2 x 5.8 inches


I don't normally paint the same picture three times but I had printed it out just in case I messed up then found that I quite liked all three versions although I think I prefer the original.  Anyway, I'll give one to S's dad, one to my parents and keep one for myself!

In other exciting news, I've just been commissioned to do a portrait of a Golden Labrador as an anniversary present via my Etsy shop! I'm looking forward to starting that this weekend. 

For those of you who didn't see my post on Wednesday and want to find out how the Reiki initiation went you can catch up here:

                    Peaceful, Easy Feeling




I'll see you all at Paint Party Friday. Apologies for not getting round everyone last weekend but if you read the post above, you'll see why!

41 comments:

  1. awe...I love all three versions of Reuben and duck!!! Congrats on your new commission too!

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  2. What a fabulous idea to transfer your drawing via printer to watercolour paper!! Light bulb going off in my head!!! Your gorgeous little Ruebenhas given me so many ideas! :)

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  3. I love all 3! What a precious picture, I can see why everyone wanted a copy!

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  4. all three are beautiful, I love them all, such a wonderful subject, no wonder everyone wants one!

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  5. Very cute sketch of Rueben! I love the accent touches of color combined with the simplicity of R's black and white coat.

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  6. Oh these are all gorgeous!! I can't decide between the original and the middle one which I like best they all have such a unique flavor to them!! Wow love them all!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. A new meaning to 3D's he is a cute little fellow and his bedmate is too.
    Merle.....

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  8. Your Reuben paintings are marvelous - all three of them.. I absolutely love reading about the Reiki - so amazing. I'm going to live vicariously through you and maybe I'll get brave and find my way to learning it. But from here for now - can't wait to hear how it goes.
    Marji...x

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  9. great idea.. and i really love those both in the basket!
    Happy PPF!

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  10. This is a precious dog! A darling photo to draw from and yes, all three are delightfully done! Bravo times three!

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  11. I love them all! I wouldn't be able to choose. I am going to read about the Reiki. Congrates on the commission.

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  12. Sweet! I love all 3 versions, but my favorite is the second one because of the soft colors. Congratulations on your commission and blessings!

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  13. interesting to see all 3 versions, very nice work.

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  14. How fascinating! Several posts on PPF are about doing the same picture several times! I like ALL of your versions but my favorite is the last one. How cute is your dog that he has a "pet" duck!!! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  15. The darker version looks like my little dog, Lola. :)

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  16. He really is a little cutie! Valerie

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  17. Oh, these are darling!!! I'm a mama to a shih tzu named Lucy. I like them all but the middle is my favorite!

    Happy PPF ♥jenny

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  18. very cool and I think my fav is the paler one :-) xo L.

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  19. Reuben looks very cute with his little duck. I like all versions but prefer the colours in the second one:)

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  20. So cute! Love all 3 versions! Hard to choose :) The pale one looks bright somehow!
    SOC submission looks cool too.
    Congrats on the commission work :)
    Off to read your Reiki experience.
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  21. I love all three but the first is my favourite. I have never thought of printing onto watercolour paper and painting on it. I'll have to try that. Rueben is really cute.

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  22. Congratulations on the commission! Cant wait to see it!
    And your dog drawing is gorgeous. They are all different but it's hard to choose which I like best...Nope! Can't decide!

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  23. Nic, I have never thought of scanning a sketch and then painting it. What a wonderful technique! I love all 3 of your versions. Each one is a winner, I think. Lovely doggie. And I hope you will show the golden retriever when you finish it.

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  24. Love all the versions, so cute and adorable! Yes, as Faye said, quite an interesting technique, thank you for sharing! <3

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  25. Reuben is so cute and your painting captured him perfectly! HPPF AND SOC!

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  26. What sweet puppy portraits! Reuben is precious!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  27. Hi Nic, have to say I really like all three versions, they are all lovely each in their own way. You have a very confident style which shows in all your work.

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  28. Like everyone else I love all three! It's so satisfying to be able to redo something when you went happy the first time around isn't it. Im glad you enjoyed the reike, i am a huge fan of the practice and felt so amazing after the session i had years ago x

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  29. Reuben is adorable. How we love our family pet members and how they love us too. I like all 3 versions, they are spon on.

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  30. Adorable portraits of the pup and duck, so sweet......glad your reiki went so well....you will love it as you move through it. Those shelter dogs will really appreciate it. xox

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  31. I love the portraits - all of them. I am a total dog person and love to take pics of them and draw them when I can. Lovely job. HPPF

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  32. Congrats on the commission... I know you will do an amazing job if these wonders are anything to go on... just lovely... xx

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  33. FANTASTIC - I love all 3 of them :-)
    Congrats on the commission - I shall await it's arrival with interest :-D
    Hugz
    IKE xxxx

    www.ikesart.com
    http://suzy-ikesworld.blogspot.com

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  34. Like no. 2 best - but they are all lovely. Pleased to hear the commission came true x

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  35. Love the fact that he has so many colours under him. Yay for the commission- starts that way. Go girl.Happy PPF to you.

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  36. Oh, he's so cute with his duck .... I like them all, but my favorite is the original ... Congrats on your commission!

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  37. Love, love, love all three paintings. What a cute dog! Congratulations on your commission.

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  38. Love the puppies portrait. :) Congrats on the commission!

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  39. I love Reuben more and more with each painting you post of him Nicola. I don't have Westies, but Maltese. You have captured his soul. This much I do know. Thanks for sharing these.

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  40. All three are great - you've captured a cute and wonderful moment!

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