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Dogs and Puppies by Nolon Stacey

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ACHIEVING A LIKENESS

Capturing a likeness can be one of the greatest challenges for an artist, yet it also can be incredibly rewarding. The foundation of a successful portrait is careful observation coupled with a thorough understanding of the head’s form. Take time to study the subject’s shapes and proportions. The German Shepherd Dog’s high-set ears take up almost half of the vertical area of the face. The large muzzle narrows gradually toward the blunt tip of the nose, with a gentle sloping along the bridge. The short hair of the face closely follows the form of the head and neck. In addition to breed characteristics, take notice of any elements that make this particular dog unique, such as the mole next to its mouth.

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