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Merlin and Cobweb by davepuls Merlin and Cobweb by davepuls
An oil pastel painting of my brother's cats "Merlin" (on the left) and "Cobweb" (on the right). Sennelier and Neopastel oil pastels. A4 size (12x8 in). Lots of smoothing with fingers, paper stumps and even a firm paint brush to try to get a fur texture.

This is my first attempt at painting or drawing animals, so please do let me know what you think.

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vuk99 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
nice! look my gallery meaby there is something good:)
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Unbearable-Lightness Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
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davepuls Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!

Dave
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Unbearable-Lightness Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
So welcome :heart:
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davepuls Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Unbearable-Lightness Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Always a pleasure :)
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Tomek3618 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
beautiful
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davepuls Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ClaireKincaid Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
kitties!
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so precious and simply amazing. Really spot on...
You are extremely gifted. I don't know what else to say, just wow.

Jen
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davepuls Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
oil pastels are very hard to use (i just tried to do one of a couple of dogs off a bad photo....) but these guys are cute :D
i especially like the little kitten on the right :D
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't think oil pastels are hard once you have had some practice and experimented to invent your own techniques - especially if you are using extra-soft artist quality oil pastels. Keep on with them!
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
no problem! oh, mine are VERY soft - they practically fall apart in my hand. :D but i don't work with them too often so i haven't gotten a technique yet...
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Mean-Green-92 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i thought this was a picture :wow:
great job!!! :thumbsup:
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Mean-Green-92 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem :D
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Rainbowdance Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable! Nice work on the fur.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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a-panda-beah Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student General Artist
awww kitties!! :la:
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CPsketching Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Dawww...! This is adorable! Nice work! :D
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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klaudrawstuff Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
awww cute ^^
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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klaudrawstuff Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
your welcome :D
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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MountainInspirations Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well done! You got the fur down great, makes me want to touch them. I am not a fan of oil pastels, I use the soft ones, so even more kudos to you!
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think oil pastels are great. I've haven't tried soft pastels since school - I don't like the idea of the dust and how easy it is to smudge the paintings...
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MountainInspirations Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And the smudge factor is exactly why I like them so well. Dust is always an issue though, and no one sells the keyboard vacuums anymore. I do think though that oil pastels would be difficult to get off my cats, and would stain anything they walk on after reorganizing my studio.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's why I like oil pastels - there is no dust at all, and no mess. You just have to wipe your fingers with a paper towel after doing the finger painting bit. All of the pastel sticks to the paper!
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S3m0la Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
uuu !!! .... wonderful and sweety puppy >.< lovely print compliments !!!
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're great. I can't work with pastels at all and fur is really difficult. IF this is a first try then I'm looking forward to the next one already!
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! My wife was very sceptical, as this is my first animal painting or drawing, but I think it's turned out pretty well.

Maybe more soon...
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yes definitely more!
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Mothergoose19 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Dave you are becoming a master at the pastels my friend. Not an easy medium to work in, especially to capture cat fur and give it texture and depth. For your first attempt at this I would say you have it down pat. Fantastic. Onto the cats they are beautiful love their names as well.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - maybe I'll do more animals one day. My wife loves cows...
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Mothergoose19 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Me too the Black and white ones especially.That would be great to see some paintings of them if you are taking requests.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe later. I have a great photo of a brown cow, so will probably start with that one.
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Mothergoose19 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Okay as long as you promise some time in the future to do Black and white one.I think you would do a great job.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, it's a deal. I've had enough of black and white just for the moment - must be the two hardest colours to paint with... With brown I can mix a whole range of colours in to make it more interesting.
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xNatje Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student General Artist
The left one is almost the same as my cat!
Great job!
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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devonhants Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did an excellent job on this Dave, they look great.
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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gifdot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's lovely. All the proportions look right to me - when I saw the thumbnail, I first thought this was a photo ^^
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davepuls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The proportions were quite easy, as I traced the photo, but it very distinctly a drawing/painting as I wanted to try to make it better than the photo (which was out of focus!)
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Tomek3618 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
beautiful kittens
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