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Shetland and Snowfall -com by tailfrost Shetland and Snowfall -com by tailfrost
Commission for "Arui"

:D :D :D A possible portfolio piece.

I am a bit flushed at the moment so the description my lack sense.

I was asked to create a memorial of sorts and decided to really put my best into it. As I have said before, people who commission me to draw different breeds usually get the best of my talents ^^; I know a few people who draw Shelties frequently and I wanted to test myself to see if I could run with them. I did breed research, studied my anatomy books and this is what popped on paper! The style overall is more of an exaggeration(cartoony) than I aimed for but it is typical Type for a pet herding dog. The lines were extremely exhausting to hand ink considering the coat detail, and even more challenging to color (in order to achieve some-what believable texture :) )

I wanted to keep the focus on the lassie(pun :lmao: ,It's a female sheltie, I know Lassie was a collie) so that is why my background is so...bleh.
And I have to be truthful: The orginal image for the commissioner has erect ears ^^; This is my portfolio version.

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:iconif-only-you-believe:
If-Only-You-Believe Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Can i put this on my profile and credit you? ^^
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VersaFarm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty Good!! Is there any chance that you would make a show quality looking one? that is whatI would be most intrested in, As I do show shelties in RL. :)
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xxxbertrand Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAUNT (L)

i love it!
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Ennai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Shelties are gorgeous dogs, and my neighbors have one. She's adorable and I love her. I think you portrayed the Sheltie wonderfully. I don't think this piece required a detailed background, all the focus is on Miss Sheltie. The fur looks stunning by the way. c:
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Fraai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Aww a Sheltie! Gorgeous drawing! :+fav:
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tariya-bloom Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yay! A Shetland! I just got a Sheltie pup :] He's 6 months now. They're the best dogs! Well he's the best dog I've ever had, haha.

I love this :] I'm gonna fav it <3
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Pinkjodz92 Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Very cute =)
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Winter-May Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Simply BEAUTIFULL.
This almost made me cry!
^_______^;
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saeko-doyle Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
So cute !
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moonscream Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is SO adorable :aww:
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Frostyblue Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
WOW. Its wonderful ;bravo
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voomm Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
yyaayy
collies are my dream dogs. :3
awesome work here. the colouring is so...smooth and nice. ~ :3
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jab0600 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Wow. This is simply gorgeous. The detail, the color, everything is amazing.
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
aww so adorable :D I love the little smile and hte paws are cute. and damnasjdasd the fur coloring/shading is amazing, plus the colors themselves are really nice against the gray :D
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mekkish Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Ok, Collies and Shelties alike are beyond my favorite of the dog breeds. And when I saw this in my deviant WATCh and saw you did it , I got overwhelmed with excited! And this straight up brought tears to my eyes as it is, beyond gorgeous. Toa point of jaw dropping amazement. Its wonder and you really did your best on this one. I am in love with it, and its just...wow..gorgeous work dear..gorgeous.
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what makes it all worth while :heart:
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Volklet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007   Photographer
I know I keep saying this, but your skill is just getting greater and greater. This has to be one of your best pieces so far.

The depth of the colour, the shading, the conformation, the expression and the mixture of realism and cartoon - just breathtaking.

This is SERIOUSLY good. I expect the person who commissioned it is absolutely delighted!
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I'm overdue to apply this style to one of your gang asap ^__^
I'm dying to draw a puppy *hint hint*
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Glamrgrl104 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWW adorable *sniffle reminds me of my old sheltie Sophie
awesome artwork
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Redmoonfae Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Aww, looks so adorable and floofy. :3
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xserenityxsmilex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
It's good. =)
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CCM Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007   General Artist
The fur looks amazing, and the lines turned out great. I particually (sp?) like the sahding on the face. And it's great to know when you get commissioned for diffrent breeds your not familiar with you really put some effort into making it perfect. 83
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boxochicken Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Wonderfully done. I really like how you did the fur, the colors flow together nicely. And the face is pretty cute too
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Idess Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
This is amazing as usual, Dia n.n
I love the shinies! I've always loved how you shiny-up your fur, it makes it so unique and pretty!
If you don't mind me asking; how do you shade? Not your technique, but do you take a brush on low opacity and make the shading strokes through the fur, or do you just use LOTS of colors? :P I've been coloring and shading pics many different ways that I learned from various artists and am curious to know your 'secret' ;)

Once again, beautiful image, and I can see that Aru loves it too :3
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moreso colors. I don't mess around too much with opacity numbers because it tends to make the strokes uneven. I simply added layers of color and smudged them to form the hair ^^;
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EverlastingWolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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HellHound-123 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Gorgeous as always, Dia ^^
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FoxedFerret Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Now I feel terrible about making you do a floofy dog. But you did superb! You made my baby look so beautiful. (Excuse the typing errors. My eyes are getting blurry from tears <33333)

You are amazing, simply put. <3
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think nothing of the sort! I LOVED doing this,infact I was disappointed when my computer died on me while I was in mid color procedure :)
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Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007   Writer
Very good!
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vermillion-darkie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
I love this. The shading, the anatomy, the feeling of the image. Well done!
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kollee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
The shadings great, and i love her emotion!! even though its cartoon style i think it really captured her breed and i love it :D
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delPigeon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Whoaa. Well I can't recall a time when I would have anything but praise for the stuff you do, but this is seriously something else.

The colouring is best described perhaps as seamless - the beautiful pearly chest fur and then the way the shades of colour merge into each other, it's absolutely amazing! You can so tell when you put extra effort into things *poke* you take everything up about 10 gears and wipe the floor with it! xD
Most people would kill to have effort = AWESOMENESS! Well, maybe not kill, that's a little drastic.. but certainly chew their own arm off :P

Hehe. Anyway, this is really special. And I must admit, I like your more cartoony ones just as much as your realism - your style and colouring lend themselves equally to the both x)
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They would be seriously disappointed if the killed for my abilities xD I have my faults moreso than strengths...and then sometimes random mutations appear o_O
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MoonDoggie613 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww^^ I love her expression! And the texture in the fur is wonderful C:
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nayk Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Student
Shelties are so cute T^T I'm happy you pointed out to people that they are not the same as Lassies x3 and Lassie was Male c= hehe.

Love this pic Dia. Gorgeous.
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Bafa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Absolutly beautiful. Definetly looks like a Shetlie to me! Keep it up. :D
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xdiah Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
That sheltie is gorgeous. :D And obviously not a collie. ^________^ You did wonderful with the anatomy and the colouring. :D Great job! You'll have to post up an inking tutorial ;P Because if I could accomplish half of what you do with your lines, I'd be one excited person! :)
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I did make a tut. it would probably leave people scratching their heads ^^; I'm too "old school" for my own good.
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xdiah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Haha, old school is better than nothing. :) But then again, Dia shouldn't share all of her secrets. ^_______^ Your art is amazing; the improvement I've seen has really amazed me, as the images from before were already stunning. By the way, Kevin absolutely adored his picture of Scout. :D
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MilGoncalez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Student Digital Artist
My my, what a beautifil collie!! Congratulations on the piece :)
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fawnet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
I know that this probably would be to much to ask and i kno your busy alot but I was wandering if you could make me a mamorial of my passed away dog bud you see he was a very old yellow labrador retriever and he died from old age. today was sapposed to be his b-day and he was a big part of the family and i wanted it for my sis as a presant because she was the closest to him and she was there when he died. b4 he died my sis baught a big bone and tons of chocolate so he would die happily and I am crying just typing this so please it doesnt have to be perfect but i would do anything to have your talent put into it and make him swimming if you do do this for me because in the summer would love that and i hope you have a big enough heart to just please do this for me. please reply this as soon as possible. :3
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you'd like to order the memorial as a commission I would surely do it for you :)
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fawnet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
oh nevermind you see im new to the da and i thought people could do somethin for free to be nice i was just wrong :'(
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of people do take requests but as of now I don't have the time to dedicate with 16 dogs to tend to 24/7 >_>
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fawnet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow you have that many in RL
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, no lie ^^;
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fawnet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
how do you take care of them all?
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tailfrost Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Commissioning brings in money for a lot of the exspenses.
The biggest hassel is taking an hour or two to get everyone situated for brekafast ^^; but luckily my property is large enough to house them all. I also show a few of them and do some recreational bikejoring.
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You did great with this. I love how you shaded the fur in particular.
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