Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Black Labrador Retriever

This is my latest commission, a graphite portrait of a gorgeous black Labrador Retriever. Hasn't she got the sweetest looking face? I'm very pleased with how this turned out although getting good digital images of graphite work is near on impossible!

This scanned image is about the closest I can get to the original, although alot of the delicate shading in the original is not evident, particularly in the highlighted areas.

Labrador Retrievers are a loving, affectionate, intelligent breed that is one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia. Highly intelligent, loyal, willing, good natured and excellent with children they are ideal companions for families. Labradors are easily trained and need to be treated as one of the family, otherwise like many breeds they can become destructive. Labradors are medium sized energetic dogs that need a fair bit of excercise. Their smooth short haired coat, which can be black, yellow or chocolate in colour, is easy to groom and they should be bathed only when necesary. They have a life expectancy of about 10-12 years

Labradors originated in New Foundland where they were originally known as St John Dogs or the Lesser New Foundland (Newfoundland's are another breed of dog). Labrador is a peninsular in north-eastern North America situated between Hudson Bay, the Atlantic and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Labradors were originally developed to assist the fishermen in towing in nets as well as working in the snow and ice. These dogs were taken to England where they were bred as gun dogs and retrievers. Labs are easily trained and their intelligence and lovely disposition makes them very suitable for work as guide, service and customs dogs.

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Blogger tlwest said...

I have your feed! Lovely painting!

10:39 PM  
Blogger DD said...

Michelle, that is a great job. I know black dogs are really hard to draw (at least for me, but you are making it look easy!) :) I saw an artist on Artwanted.com who did a black lab on scratchboard. It came out really neat. I'm going to try that medium sometime.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle Wrighton Artist said...

Thank you both!

Darla, I'd love to try scratchboard as well, but have never seen it over here. Plus I need a new medium at the moment like a hole in the head!

With black dogs I find that the lighting in the photo reference is important, you really need to be able to see and re-create a full range of values (from deepest black to brightest white) to be able to create the 'black' fur.

White fur on the other hand, is something I still struggle with, so end up using lots of different colours to create the forma nd shadows.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Greta blog! I love your work!

11:29 AM  

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