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Green Eye, Pink Nose, Smile by sidneyeileen Green Eye, Pink Nose, Smile by sidneyeileen
5"x7", colored pencil on black paper
Model: A cat, courtesy of ~sajlent [link]

An experiment in using markings to define the form, rather than lighting. I modified the cat's markings slightly to clarify the shape of the head and face.

I plan to experiment more with markings, and will be drawing at least one more tuxedo cat in the near future.
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Critique by KillerKiona Jan 15, 2013, 5:30:47 PM
This is an amazing drawing!

There is so much detail and work put into this piece that from afar, I thought it was a photograph, and I find that amazing. The details in this are so fine and sharp that the fur seems very natural.
The black fur around the green eye really makes it stand out. The colors blend very well and and make it almost life like.
The pink nose also draws the eyes as well as its whiskers.

Cat lovers would surely love this photo. Just by looking at the cat it portrays such sleekness and refine.

Good job and keep up the amazing work!
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Anonymous543 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm featuring this in my journal <3
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Anonymous543 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, it's really gorgeous <3
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Anonymous543 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is utterly beautiful. I have nothing bad to say about it at all!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :giggle:
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Anonymous543 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :]
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pCubensiS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
beautiful
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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Ty-DyQween Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Student General Artist
That is pretty sweet. I imagine it as bigger than 5x7 though...like as a giant banner or something. It's awesome no matter what!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thanks!
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Devynn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The details of the fur and the eye are amazing in this! It just draws my gaze strait to that eye! Well done! :)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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peastew Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
This is absolutely beautiful. I especially am impressed by the light reflection on the eye. Great job!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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SteelCowboy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
You have been featured here: [link]
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SteelCowboy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
Just wonderful
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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sajlent Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:
Marvellous. I'm speechless.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :hug: I'm glad you approve.
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lennan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
And what a smile that is. =D

I also really love that eye, so expressive of contentment.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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lennan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
You're welcome. =)
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spookowl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
awesome work as usual! I love the eye. thats a very green eye too! my kitty use to have greenish eyes but they turned golden.

you should try drawing a penguin! they are black and white! or a white face pearl cockatiel (they are technically grey and white but I am sure you could get away with B&W only) Or border collies!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thanks.

I haven't gone looking for any penguin reference yet, so I might have luck there. Hadn't thought of them. The problem is that finding a good reference is more complicated than just thinking of a kind of animal with stark coloring. The lighting, pose, and expression figure a great deal into how usable or appealing a photo is. Thanks for the suggestions, though. :nod:
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spookowl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
your welcome...usually when I cannot find what I want I use multiple refs and figure things out from there
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the-other1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
beautiful eye :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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wendyf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Lovely yet again...same as everyone else said:D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thanks.
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squanpie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice. I love the eye, and the huge attention to detial in the fur patterns around the nose.
The only thing I might say, is that I feel the nose itself could be a little smoother - more wet looking.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feedback and complements. I agree that the nose didn't come out as well on this piece as it has in some others, but at this point the paper was saturated and it wouldn't allow any further adjustment. :( I think that it might have come out a bit better if I had done a light underlayer of white.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
:jawdrop: wonderful!!!! (I'd love to see a closeup of the eye! The iris markings are so interesting at this size - they'd be amazing up closer!)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thanks! I wish I could hand you the original to examine! Scans always lose some of the details.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I just looked at where you live...we are now almost "neighbors"! We just moved to El Dorado - just before Placerville off of 50 (not the El Dorado Hills just out of Folsom):wow: So I guess you could just hand me the original :giggle: My daughter's best friend will be going to Davis in a year so I'm sure we'll be down there sometime - might be kind of fun to meet :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hell, yeah! I'm going to be stuck in Davis for quite some time, so just drop me a note when you head out this way, and I'll be happy to meet with you for coffee or something. :D If I can manage to get into a gallery in the coming year, it will probably be in Sacramento. If that happens, I'll be posting one happy journal about it. Is any of your photography up on display?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
That sounds fantastic! I know we'll (my daughter is :iconcaitiekabob:) be out and about - tho not so much since gas is soooo high - I will take you up on that coffee :D

I've only recently gotten back into photography (took all the classes back in the film darkages :giggle:) - at the pushings of my daughter (I'd been 'mentoring' her) - so I've only got stuff here on dA...our old county (Ventura) fair is in August and I had planned to enter some there, but since we moved the El Dorado fair was last weekend and there was no time... we're thinking about joining a camera club here - meet people, learn about interesting places, etc. They also have connections for displaying around Placerville so as I get my confidence up, I MAY look into doing something like that...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet! I'll look forward to treating both of you to coffee, even if it's a year from now. If it wasn't for the gas prices, I would just take an afternoon and pop over that way. I love traveling. I just can't afford it anymore. :( If I do happen to be out that way, I'll let you know, but at this time I don't foresee any reason I would travel that far.

I'm glad you decided to pick up a camera again. I really enjoy your photography, and it will be interesting to see how it changes along with your change of scenery. Ventura is a beautiful area. I was a jewelry vendor at th Ventura Scottish Games in '03 and '04. The '04 games was actually the last event my friend and I attended. The bad economy had successfully murdered our endeavors to sell hand-made beaded jewelry. Anyway, there's some beautiful scenery up in the Placerville area, trees and lower mountains (I get horribly depressed with the flatness around Davis, and complete lack of anything remotely resembling a forest or ocean).

It never hurts to visit galleries and talk to the gallery owners. The worst thing that will happen is you'll get to see some neat art and photography other people have made. ;) Fairs can be fun, too. I haven't put anything in a fair since I was a teen, but I seriously looked into trying to get my art into the State Fair this year. Unfortunately, I couldn't come up with the funds to frame entries or pay the entry fees before the deadline, so I'll just have to plan for next year. I can't complain too much, though. Money has gone into other supplies for my art, and I purchased an actual drafting table, so my art will have a home. (no more lap desk - yay!)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
It's a date!

You can already see the differences :D trees and water!!! :laughing: The water is one of the biggest kicks for my daughter - being able to swim in the lakes, the rivers have water in them and we can drink the water from the tap! (we had a water softener down south so had to have a filter for drinking).

I understand about the $$ for gas! We left Cait's car down south and when looking at ones to replace it with mileage deffinitely played a part. She'll be taking as many classes up here at the El Dorado/Placerville campus of Folsom Community and online as possible. We chose our home to be a not too unreasonable commute to Sac State when that time comes.

I was disappointed about not having time for Cait to get things into the fair here...we helped to check in the photos and then looked at all of them...she would still have qualified as a youth and would have blown everyone else away!!! (she got sweepstakes in Ventura last year as a sr. in high school - pround mom! [link] ) But oh well.

Have you ever ordered prints through dA? (I was meaning to early this month but time just got away) If so were you pleased?
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, if only I had time to look at my watch list. I had managed to get it down to less than 14,000, but it has crept back up to nearly 17,000. Right now I can barely keep on top of the comments, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if that continues until the fall. :( I'll make a point of checking your gallery again soon, but I'm not seeing much unless I specifically go to a person's gallery.

That is a pitty she didn't get into the fair this year, but I'm sure she'll make a great showing next year. I went and looked through her gallery after your last comment in this thread, and was surprised to find that she was among the photographers whose work I had stumbled on (and featured) in the past. I found a bunch of new faves when I took a good look at her gallery. :XD:

I have ordered a number of things through dA, but usually it's a print for a photographer (thanks from me for allowing reference), so I never get to see how it turned out. From what I hear, they are spectacular. :shrug: I suspect that any quality problems would be a product of the digital file not being perfect for printing. I did order some magnets of one piece (an older white-on-black which was pre-scanner), only to find that the image was too dim to be clearly visible. Also, two of them had nicks in them when they arrived. Unfortunately, the only way to tell if the image is clear is to order something - there are no proofs or test prints so you can adjust color and contrast.

I did order two mugs from *Spectrolite last fall, and those are absolutely beautiful! No complaints whatsoever about the mugs, and they are small enough that any image should reproduce well.
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Loulou13 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very distinguished. But I am partial to tuxedo cats. I own one. His name is Rufus.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!

Yeah, every once in a while I'll go poking through your gallery looking for an inspiring photo of him. He's on my list, one of these days. ;)
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Loulou13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh I can't wait for that. ......Tells myself that I'm very patient.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
the eye is so alive, the nose, always amaze me :)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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littlegett Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Wow that eye looks absolutely amazing. Though I was expecting a bit less black on the nose.

I enjoy you are using the shapes as 'markers' instead of lighting I think it really ads character and a higher level of difficulty. Very nice job (-;
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I tried to stay as close to the original markings as I could while creating the needed definition, using sparse white hairs instead of a field of white.

Another person has volunteered to take more photos of her black and white kitty for me to use like this, and I have a great photo of a zebra I plan to also draw like this. I would love to draw a dalmation or other spotted dog using just the marks, but I haven't come across a good photo yet. :excited: Lots and lots of ideas are bouncing around in my head which I either haven't had time to draw, or haven't found good reference for yet. :D
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squanpie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A zebra would be rather amusing I think. You could try a mouse - there are a lot of splodged mice pictures around. I might even be able to offer one myself, but I'm not sure if I have a good shot or not - mice really don't like to stay still, and most of my pictures feature a long grey blur :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, mouse! There's an idea I hadn't thought of. I have a couple good photos of black and white bunnies laying around. There are lots of rodents and small mammals with stark coloring. :D If you post (or scrap) some decent mouse photos, let me know. Clarity isn't essential, but it does need to be a usable viewpoint, and it helps if the lighting is from one side or the other and clearly hits the face. :glomp:
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squanpie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have any really good photos, but here are the ones I do have [link]
If any of them are of any use to you, then tell me and I'll pass along the whole photo.
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