Monday, January 28, 2008

Pet Portrait Contest Winner "Rags"

Today I finalized the artwork for our "Cream of the Crop" contest winner. Rags is a stunning cow-dog with a challenging photograph. This pretty boy is no longer with Jamie so we had to work with the photos she had on hand. The image used was scanned and ended up containing a lot of noise or "grain". The other thing you will notice below is that once we erased Jamie this pretty boy was in hard profile staring up at nothing. I worked around this compositional challenge by giving him a ball to focus on. By placing that ball in the top left corner our eye will stop and not continue off the page. It also creates a story and a sense of play.
Scroll down to see a few of his proof choices. The 3rd proof down has the strongest "crop" and most unusual layout, however it is not really the most flattering.

I am really happy with how this pup's artwork turned out. You can see this boy's entire proof set by clicking here.
Rags was Jamie's soul dog and has been gone awhile. Even though this boy was really the four legged love of Jamie's life she had a tough time finding great pics to choose from, so let this be a reminder to all of us to get out the camera as often as we can. Shoot, shoot and shoot some more. These guys are with us such a short time.


Abby Creek Art said...

I really like the last one though...very unique and it grabs your attention.

Your Sharpei is just that one, R!

Moira said...

Gorgeous!!! I like the first one and the last one best. Which one did Jamie pick?

Brooke said...

Just great and of course it doesn't hurt that the subject is a wonderful cowdoggie!! Great job, just beautiful ;)


cowbelly said...

You are truly the master at working with old photos Rebecca! I'll bet Jamie was thrilled at the amazing transformation of Rags. The tennis ball idea is brilliant and it totally does what you intended it to do- keeps your eye flowing in the piece. Love the colors too. Your proofs are getting super sophisticated.