Ferret Painting

Another painting for someone on Simbi.

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I’m really liking the way Simbi is allowing me to do paintings for other people. It’s allowing me to take on the challenge of doing something I might not think of. Great for getting out of my element and trying to solve problems that I might now encounter while painting or drawing for myself.

I found a post about this guy and his wife who had a pet ferret that recently passed away. He was looking for someone to draw a caricature of the ferret for her. I replied, said I might be able to help, and gave him some examples of the animal drawings I have done in the past.

He ended really liking my painting of the German Shepard I did for @everlove’s collaborative art journey. A little more work than a simple caricature, but certainly doable for him.

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So after getting some reference photo’s of his ferret and a little discussion about what he was looking for, I did up a quick sketch. The original photo he provided was of the ferret in that similar pose but he was leaning against one of those trick-or-treat pumpkins made of plastic instead of a real one. His face was also not very clear so he sent me a picture of a close-up so I could get better detail.

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I sent the sketch to him to make sure it was what he wanted and everything seemed okay. Originally he wanted the pumpkin to be carved. After I finished the sketch and sent it to him, I told him I didn’t think it would look as good because it would always have that Halloween feel to it. If it was just an uncarved pumpkin, it would make a better, all around picture. He agreed and said his wife like fall pictures a lot so it was completely cool to have a regular pumpkin.

The next evening I started filling in the color.

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I ended up doing a little research for some better brushes to help me get the fur looking a little better. It turns out, the way I created the fur on the German Shepard was pretty darn close to what I needed to do, I just needed a better brush to get a more realistic fur effect. I found a number of free brushes that work for fur, hair, and grass. If I would have tried to make that grass with a regular brush I would have been at it for a week. But, with these new brushes, it was very easy and I’m glad I figured out how to do it.

The Finished Painting

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I did some extra detail on the pumpkin, the whiskers, shadows, and moved him down on the canvas a bit. Then I moved the file over to Adobe Lightroom and tweaked the levels a little and added the vignette around the edges to bring the focal point in a little.

I think it turned out pretty good for my third animal painting. Doing this got me thinking, though. There must be a place where I can get commissioned for drawing even if I am just an amateur. A quick google search and I found a nice site.

ArtistsnClients.com

This site allows you to put your services there, and people looking for drawings can commission you to draw for them.

I made two “slots” as they call them. One for animal portraits and the other for vector logo design. I have no hits yet after a few days, but you never know unless you put them up there. I have both prices set really low compared to other drawings of the same quality so I should get a hit, I would think, after a little while.

On top of that, I put a post on PeerHub too. So anyone that wants anything drawn up from steemit can certainly pay me in steem.


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