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Max's Smile by Aryenne Max's Smile by Aryenne
So this is for *GingerC as a thank you for the sub she got me. This is her dog, Max. Done in mechanical pencil.

There are a few things off with this, but overall I am very happy with it. I love German shepherds, I think they're such noble and beautiful dogs. And this was a joy to draw!

Hope you like it, *GingerC!

Part of the Dog Breed Art Challenge.
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SilverFlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing expression, and very well captured ^^.
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I think this is still my favorite dog portrait I've done so far.
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heavenhel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome expression! he makes me smile :)
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am very happy about that. :D
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Geor18 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Woow, this is so great!
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I do love dogs and really need to do more.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.. my Father used to have them :D
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And that's awesome. Someday when I have a big yard, I would love to get one.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I wouldn't now... they just don't seem like the original breed these days & have been known to turn quite nasty here =(
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never actually heard of that. Maybe the U.S. breed is more stable? :shrug: They're used a ton in law enforcement, and I've come across a lot of owners that will own nothing else. But I haven't researched it myself, so I could be wrong! :D
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Like most pedigrees over here.. inbred to much. We always had dogs (cat's,mice,rabbits etc) through our childhood & many were pedigrees but it was always the 'Heinz 57's' that did best. They are used in our forces here to but i think that's changing for some. My fathers 1st was an ex-forces dog (being ex-forces) We had one that was crossed with a husky & he was so good.
:D
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Crossed breeds sure can be great. Lots of inbreeding was done here, but good breeders are trying to eliminate a lot of those bad traits. Many have been quelled, so that's good.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: they're trying to stop it here to, having seen the problems it can cause, i sure hope they succeed :D
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Tala-Twilight Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Oooo, you captured the smile brilliantly! The only thing off with this to me are the eyes, they don't reflect the light all the way through as they normally would. Besides that, it's perfect. :D
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The picture didn't have any reflections in the eyes, but I think they add so much. :shrug: I just couldn't resist! I am glad you like it though. :D
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swimninja Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GERMAN SHEPHERD!! :excited: I have one too. They are awesome dogs! Wonderful job! I know just how hard it is to draw that muzzle. :giggle: Great work! I hope she likes it. :nod:
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lots of people seem to own them! Someday I would love to, when I have a yard to let it out to run in. :D And thank you! The muzzle was tricky, and it's actually a little too fat compared to the picture, but no one has noticed that, so it's all good. :giggle:
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swimninja Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, those muzzles are the worst. :XD: They are a great breed, and if you find a good breeder, they are quite healthy. Room might be a problem, but if you can exercise them regularly, then they can also live in cities. :D Hope you get one some day, they will truly be your best friend. :hug:
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If I were to get a German shepherd, it wouldn't be till I had lots of property! I still dream of owning a huge chunk of land someday. But small dogs have grown on me, so if I live in confined spaces, I'll probably stick with them. I have no time to walk a dog! Mine just get sent out to run around, then they chase each other when they have too much energy. :D
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Horses101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Awesome :D
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Horses101 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Your welcome :D
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GingerC Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
OMG!!!!!!!!!!! It is him!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!
You did a spectacular job! I knew it was him the moment I laid eyes on it!!!!

btw, considering the photo you were working from this is even more spectacular!

I'm gonna cry now....
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so happy you like it! The photo wasn't too bad for everything except the neck. But I guess he had no black markings around there.

He is definitely a beautiful boy and I had a lot of fun doing this piece. :D

:hug:
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GingerC Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
His black was on the back of his neck, hehehe, so you wouldn't see it in that photo.

You did a superb job! I am just so in love with it. He took a very large part of my heart with him when he died and I still miss him terribly even after 5 years.

In fact I have TRIED to draw him myself and just can't.
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, a couple of years ago, there's no way I could have drawn this either. I started a drawing of one of my dogs awhile ago, but couldn't get it right. Sometimes I think you're just too close to it, and it has to be too perfect that you set yourself to fail. I've definitely done that!

I know I will feel a lot of this when my girl Cora leaves me. Sometimes you get a pet in your life that you have an extra-special bond with, something beyond what you have with your other pets. It sounds like you and Max had that. At least he will be there in heaven to meet you when it's time for you to go. :aww:
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GingerC Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
Indeed... Max was my heart dog. I love all my dogs (all 9of them, lol) but none have that same bond that Max and I did.
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jadisofeternity Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Student General Artist
very nice drawing
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am happy you think so. :D
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RenrookART Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love this guy! German Sheppards are so darling! One of my favorite breeds. Great job!
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They are definitely awesome. Glad you like him! And thanks! :D
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RenrookART Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't seen you in a while. What's up?
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My laptop died and internet failed. And I haven't been feeling great the last couple weeks. Too much stress!

How's life with you?
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RenrookART Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh noes!

That's not good at all. Life has been pretty stressful for me too. Not to a point where I'm not feeling well, but my social life is shot that's for sure.

Don't suppose there is anything I can do to help?
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh. I am debating finding another job. Keeping mine with my dad, but something in the evenings a couple days a week. I just won't do fast food and want to avoid retail. You don't know of anything with decent pay do you?

And that stinks for you too! Too bad we can't have nice stretches where life is easy. That only seems to exist when you're a kid.
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RenrookART Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, which makes it sad I spent most of my childhood wishing I were a grown up. LOL. Anyway. No. I don't know of any with decent pay, not anything that isn't retail anyway.
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's where I'm at. Though I heard Red Cross pays pretty well. I might look into that, drawing blood from people's arms! :XD:
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Terri-Hana Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Hi Max:3
I love German shepherds too, they are so cuteXD
Nice pic.
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it turned out awesome.
You did great on the fur texture and the huuuge ears look so adorable :aww:
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Aryenne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Those huge ears make the picture, I think. :D
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They definitely do!
No problem!
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