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Lilli by Sisterz0r Lilli by Sisterz0r
Wooh update!

Here's a picture of one of my aunt's german shepherds, Lilli, who died quite recently. She was young and the cause of death was unexpected :(

Lilli was one of the prettiest german shepherds I have ever seen, perhaps because she looked quite different from others of the same breed -- she had a long face, like a fox, unusually light eyes, and long legs (perhaps more so when she was younger, as she became more proportional once she got older). It made her look a little like a maned wolf! Of course, in this picture she looks just like any other german shepherd =P

I used a few photos taken by my aunt as reference, and I focused mostly on getting the facial-features right. Worked mostly in ArtRage, but did the sketching in Photoshop. Hope you enjoy it, was fun to paint! (and I'm so glad I got to do some painting, feels like it's been ages!)

EDIT 16.6.2011: I gave the background a slightly yellowish warm tint, so it's not so glaringly white, as per a good suggestion :)
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zey54 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice painting! :) Hope, I can paint like this, one day.
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Sisterz0r Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you! I still have lots to learn on digital painting, so I'm sure you will improve as well, with practice! ^_^
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zey54 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope :) Yrw
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RubyJanuary Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
This portrait really pops out of the page and emphasises all of the dog's unique features. She looks quite elegant. Lovely colouring technique too, it looks like acrylic or oil paints, even though it's digital.
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Sisterz0r Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Thank you very much for your wonderful comment, and sorry for being so slow at replying. Lilli was indeed very elegant, so I'm glad that shows :) And yes, ArtRage's paint-tool creates some wonderful textures and is quite fun to work with. Thanks again!
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely picture. Her face is engaging, and her fur feels painty and soft. :)

If you don't mind a small bit of crit, the background feels a little too stark. Maybe a softer colour.

But fabulous work, and I'm sorry your aunt had to lose such a lovely creature.
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Sisterz0r Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Sorry about this monstrously late reply. A good suggestions - I made the background a little yellowish, and hope that it's a little easier to look at now :) Thank you for commenting!
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. I'm really chuffed you used my crit. :)

And yes: problem gone now. :D
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Sisterz0r Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Yay! Good to know! ^_^
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Wolfrug Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
<3 Lilli

Lucky she has a new puppy now to keep her busy :) A very nice painting, well done. German shepheeeerds!
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