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EDIT: messed with the clouds a little. not bad!

More colour/background practice, yay! :dance: I am appalled that it took me this long to start doing underpaintings and getting the general colour scheme right before I refine it. Not 100% pleased with the clouds but the sky looked naked without them D:

My Maremma Sheepdog character, Sirocco, doing his job. I imagine he's scaring off a stray dog that got too close for his comfort, or something.

Sirocco Shelley "*swiftwhippet" L.
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Oh i like it! Nice environment, the blue filter does the job of making the night and somehow you managed to keep the green alive, just enough. I always find that hard on night scenes!

What about life updates? I remember you were about to move... that happened? Is everything alright?
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You know, this is actually my first night picture done without a blue filter! *dance* I just picked and mixed the colours in the overall scheme to have some blue in them. *purplekecleon's colouring tutorial has been really helpful to me with regards to picking colours, and you might like to check that out and experiment, interesting stuff: [link]

Iiit's complicated. If you want I'll shoot you an email about it sometime. ♥
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I've read a lot on color theory (not that i've learned a lot yet though xD) but i didn't know about this tutorial! Gave it a quick look and it seems awesome, i need to read it more carefully soon.

Yes!! But after i read it so we have more to discuss :D
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Gorgeous!!
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
The clouds and the texturing of the sheep's coats are nicely rendered.
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. I'm trying to be more meticulous when it comes to my backgrounds.
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Hail13dogs Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student General Artist
BEautiful :icongwompplz:
!!!!
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks :)
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Hail13dogs Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem x3
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complaint-dept Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Those are some great sheep heads!
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! First time really studying them so reference was used. I need to draw more hoofy things.
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flaaffeh Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist
this is absolutely stunning!

i really love the coloration/shading in this!
i really adore dem sheepie faces ;w; <33
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Aw thank you so much :D It's my first time really drawing a sheep head in detail so I used a lot of reference. I'd like to do more!
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flaaffeh Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist
:heart:
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mederu69 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I can't think of a particularly useful comment to leave, so I'll just say that this looks great! Your art just keeps getting better!
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you hun! School + work has taught me a lot and I've been trying to consciously get better! I've decided to give myself something new to focus on every month to keep organized. This month is Colours/Composition. :D
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Erith Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy the color scheme used here and how you balanced the light and shadow.
I think the clouds look good, although perhaps not so much blurring effect next time? Clouds sometimes do have solid lines on them when you look at them.
I seriously JUST noticed the grass and it looks great! Great job balancing the the highlights of the lantern bouncing off the grass, the moonlight and shadows from the dark (remember kids, BLUE is your friend during night-time paintings, just say NO to black). I don't think I'll ever get the hand of digital painting.
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shelzie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Aw, thanks! I seriously have to thank *purplekecleon's colouring tutorial for giving me more insight into how I use colours, maybe that would help you out too!

I didn't use blurring effect, I just used a really soft brush. T_T; I pretty much never use the blur, dodge and burn tools, I think they make stuff look terrible lol. But you're right that I probably should outline the clouds in keeping with everything else! Thanks, I'm gonna go do that now.
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