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Dogs and Puppies by Nolon Stacey

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CONVEYING EXPRESSION

From this priceless shot of a Basset Hound puppy, I want to create a portrait wherein the expression stands out more than anything else. To do this, I ensure that none of the background elements overwhelm the focal point—the dog’s innocent expression. I keep the details of the grass to a minimum, instead merely suggesting the grass with lighter tones. This keeps the focus on those classic “puppy-dog” eyes!

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“Grounding” a Subject with Shadow When rendering a full-body portrait from an unusual viewpoint, it’s a good idea to “ground” the subject with a shadow. This prevents the dog from appearing to float above the drawing surface ...

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