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Charlie by AmandaDrage Charlie by AmandaDrage
8x10" portrait of my parents' late dog. Derwent Drawing soft coloured pencils and pastel on velour paper. Reference photo was my own.

I'm giving this to my mum on Sunday as a gift. I think there might be a tear or two. ;) He was her baby.

I'm open for 8x10" pet portrait commissions. Four slots left at the reduced rate of 65 not including shipping. Drop me a note if you'd like one!

Sorry for the inactivity, I have a valid reason though... I've been ploughing through my artistic to-do list. The Commissions Fairy has decided to smile on me this year, only modestly but it is a smile nonetheless... so I'm busy-busy right now!
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thelonedragonwolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loove yorkies! This is an amazing Drawing!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Thanks! They're little characters. :)
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thelonedragonwolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No probs :)
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Kelpie77 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwww - he's come out really well. Full of character and typical yorkie expression.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Thanks so much :) Glad to hear that! This was his "cheeky face" haha.
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YOB Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it, so much exprssion in his eyes :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thank you :) Such expressive little dogs... you would know!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! I admire the fur structure. How did you manage to make it so realistic and detailed with colored pencils? :drool: Lately, I was thinking about buying some colored pencils, too, and this is a great motivation. Now I wonder, though, whether I should be saving some money for the pencils or for a commission from you :). I'm sure our chihuahua would look great in your style :aww:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thank you so much :) I have no idea :XD: it just seems to be a good combination! The fur was a little tricky on this one, though. It doesn't help that I don't seem to have a good natural steely-grey blue.
Lol, well I can recommend either :lol: haha! I can say the Derwent Drawing soft pencils are really nice, and are great for sketching too!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :) It does seem pretty difficult.

Great, thanks for the recommendation :D Some time later, I'll go to an art shop to try out different pencils. I read a good critique of this Derwents, so I'll pay a special attention to them :aww:
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artistic-dream Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
He looks absolutely fantastic! I'll bet your mum was thrilled.

I've enjoyed watching the progress of this one on facebook ~ you've done a brilliant job with his fur, and the details on the collar just finish it off beautifully. He looks like he was a lovely little character :)

That's brilliant regarding the commissions ~ I hope it continues!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thank you :) She was!! And she did cry...
I'm glad you enjoyed the progress! It's good to know :) And I hope so too, lol! Fingers crossed.
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   General Artist
So you gave this to your mum yesterday? :iconlovehug: I love this so much and I saw the ref photo plus read that it's the first time you'd drawn a family pet of yours. Well I love the look of Charlie, so that makes this drawing all the more wonderful! (I did see you tell someone he was a bit of an oddity, but one can't tell from this art-piece anyway :lol: ) Glad your commissions are keeping you busy. No, I lie, I'm glad they're bringing you deserved income, that's what!! :D You're always very busy, commishes or not!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I did, yes... Well, not technically because you wrote that comment ten days ago haha. I am laaaate.
But yes! She did cry. And I'm glad you can't tell he was an oddball from my drawing lol!! I picked the most generic Yorkie photo of him I could find. Normally his expression was more vacant than this...
Yeah I always seem to be busy don't I? It's good I suppose!!
Btw... I was a little too late for Easter, buuuuut something will be winging its way to you just as soon as it reaches me first. So keep your eyes peeled... ;) :heart:
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   General Artist
Wow, that's exciting news :iconhystericsplz: Seriously though, something Easterly on the way to me shortly, :love::love::iconlovesplz: Thank you so much!! :excited::squee: I apologise that I too have 'too late' organised you a belated Easter giftie. (not Hotel Chocolat though, not this time anyway :hmm: ) Hopefully you'll get it by the end of the first week of April. By then maybe you'll have eaten all your other Easter gifts from people, if you ordinarily receive those!

Oh shame, vacant Charlie, hehe! Well certainly that wasn't evident in that pic, especially with that dashing blue collar :lol:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Yes indeedy :la::la: I'm going to shut up now in case I give anything away, hahaha! And oh Mel you didn't have to... bless you :heart: I will keep an eye out for that! I'm excited to get yours on its way to you... just got to wait... darn postal services...

I think I'll mostly be buying my own easter gifts :XD: I'm too old for chocolate eggs from my parents, lol. I might get one from them. I have already bought myself a rather fancy one. They are so expensive these days!!
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
Can't wait!! Meanwhile I do have a stack of chocolates to get through on this side :mwahaha: Though I wish I could've bought so many more of the Easter treats on offer in the stores, but that simply isn't possible, haha! :sniff: :XD: Yes wouldn't it be nice to teleport things, rather than use the postal service, ey?? :shakefish:

Well I hope you still got an Easter gift here and there :D :D I want to see that fancy one you got for yourself :iconsupereagerplz: But I realise now you bought it from where you've bought mine, so if you delay sharing the pic till mine eventually arrives over here, that's fine :D And if you don't want to take a photo, just show me an online pic, I suppose or tell me what it is and I can Google it. I've been making use of Google's new 'Nose' feature today, especially the 'scratch and sniff' option. Juuuuuuuuuuuust kidding. April Fool's crap by Google, lol: [link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
HA my "fancy" one is TINY!! But it ought to taste nice. I hope so at least. It cost 8 so it better do!!

I will show you a pic when you get yours ;) Of course I'm sure I will have eaten mine by then but I should be able to find an online pic!
Oh, lol. April Fools jokes are so lame :XD:
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   General Artist
Oooooh, well I hope it's delectable :love:
Fantastic :D
(Yeah, can't say I participate in April Fools stuff :XD: )
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is incredible! Fantastic work, I'm sure your mum will love it!

congrats on the commission fairy being kinder to you than usual, these things have momentum so hopefully it will turn into a big smile soon =)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks muchly :D I am keeping everything crossed that momentum will not let me down :lol:!
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning! I love the depth you created especially around the collar and in the fur, and the colors. This is a piece I could look at forever! :love: Your mum will love it, I'm sure!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you :) I actually don't seem to have the right kind of steely blues so I had to layer different blues with black, it was a pain. I'm finding I'm lacking the same colour for my current piece, too. I think it's time to go shopping for single pastels ;)
I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :-)
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sunwolf29 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Ow wow this is just amazing work!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you so much! :)
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RetardArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Fantastic :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Many thanks!! :)
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Khaidu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work, I love the finishing ont he collar and the colours are nicely blended, I really enjoy your portrait work, but I think you really are undercutting yourself charging so little for these. There is pet portrait artists out there charging 8x more than you with much worse work.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you very much, and yes I have heard this a few times ;) the 85 is in line with my other prices given the size. I suppose I'll put them all up again at some point, I'm getting a good few orders but I'm not exactly inundated, so for now I'll live with the lower price. If demand goes up I'll up the prices!
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roesoftheshadows Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
It is great to see some dogs from you. They look just as fantastic as your horse drawings =3
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aw thank you, that's nice to hear :) I used to draw dogs all the time so I have had some practice. I definitely find them easier than cats!!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There will definitely be a tear or two I think when she sees this... He's gorgeous!! I live how you got the fur done!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aw, maybe I should take some tissues too :lol:
Thanks so much :hug: The fur was pretty tough at times. I suppose it can't all be plain sailing!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this! (As I already, commented. ;)) I think these are insanely lovely. Your mom will just love this I bet! :aww:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
And thank you, again! :XD: Yes, I hope she has a good space for it too!
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won1life Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw so cute :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thanks so much :)
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you again! :)
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always welcome! :)
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Aww, such a little cutie-pie! :love: Love the texture of the fur. :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you so much :) That was fun... I think I may have to charge extra for dogs with long textured hair :lol:
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Hehe, you're welcome! :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Woow, such a cute face, and his fur looks so silky and fluffy! You use pencils and pastels so wonderfully. :love:
I'm glad you're busy with commissions. You deserve it! :thumbsup:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thank you so much :) They do work nicely together!
And thank you, I've been waiting a long time for things to take off, spent a bit of money on shows, business cards etc... and in the end it came down to Facebook :XD: It's quite funny!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really glad that things started to work out for you now! Good luck! :#1:
DA surely isn't the best place for getting commissions or selling things. I'm also trying hard to attract more customers, but I just don't like Facebook! I'm trying to deny its existence... :(
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