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Abbey the German Shepherd pup by Elkenar Abbey the German Shepherd pup by Elkenar
Finally I managed to make our scanner work with this new laptop! It was more complicated than I thought...

This is a request drawing for :iconlivewild4ever:, her German Shepherd / Alsatian puppy called Abbey. I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn't submit it here any earlier.

Yes, the file is quite big. I tried to make it smaller than this but I don't have my good old editing programs anymore so I had to use Paint for the size.... And the result wasn't good (the original size was about 2300x3400).

Made by 5H, F, HB, 4B and 6B pencils.

Ref photo [link] by ~LiveWild4Ever

Art (c) me!

I'd like to hear what you think about this. Good advice is always welcome too.


(btw. maybe this is just me, but it feels like we have less and less space for titles every year. Porbably in a few years the deviation titles aren't allowed to be any longer than 4 letters....)
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Summitwulf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Beautiful. What paper is this drawn on?
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ArthasElric Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just totally amazing! :heart:

May I ask how long it took for you to complete this?
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

I have to admit that I don't remember anymore, it was quite a long time ago ^^; But I guess that it was somewhere between 5 and 10 hours.
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ArthasElric Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very much welcome :D

5 to 10 hours? wow! man your hands must have ached so bad. I can imagine.
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Elkenar Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, of course I had breaks and I always continued this during the following day. I can't sit still that long, it's impossible to me :D
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:iconarthaselric:
ArthasElric Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...same here. :D

When will you be posting your next official work?
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know. I know what I'm going to draw but I haven't got a chance to start it yet. I still have about 7 school assignments and one exam to go through :faint: Hopefully I can start it next week.
(actually I shouldn't hang around in dA either but I can't focus on school stuff all the time)
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ArthasElric Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. It is good to take a break and relax your mind once in a while :D
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Ranger709 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
LOVE IT !!!!!!!
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconranger709:
Ranger709 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
WELCOME :)
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Ranger709 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
WOW !!!! WOW !!!!! WOW !!!!
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
just a lovley drawing,who ever requested it would have loved it
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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featherwolf19 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I absolutely love it! In my favs. ^^
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconqcreation:
QCreation Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Well...wow.....
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Krizeii Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome details =D
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconstahlfeder:
stahlfeder Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, great!
This must have taken forever to draw.
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I don't remember anymore how long it took, hehe... But normal portraits without backgrounds are quite simple and easy to draw in my opinion.
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EyesoreJones Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it!
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ProudDoberman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't see anything to critique, this is fantastic ^0^
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
fantastic drawing and gallery
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconqcreation:
QCreation Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist
I'm attempting to draw dogs.... this art makes me look a doodler! :) amazing shading! The eyes look so real!....
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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You've been featured in my journal.
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much! :thanks:
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!
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mhlover325 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Awww!Im a sucker for German Shepherds!
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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RekaCryistall Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible. The amount of detail and shading is just marvelous and it looks so real! What an honor to have someones pet immortalized like this; especially with such skill!
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Elkenar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words! :blush:
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RekaCryistall Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome. I know I would be honored to have such a treasure as this of my beloved Mala, so I can only image what Abbey's owner must feel! You should certainly be proud!
:heart:
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I truly appreciate your words! :thanks:
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mhlover325 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   Digital Artist
She's so cute!
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:iconelkenar:
Elkenar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks!
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mhlover325 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Your welcome!I cant resist german shepherds!
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SandBladeRaider Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
You know, I think there is two types of german shepherds. From the two I have I noticed that their faces have really different structures. One has a thin muzzle and a really wolf-like face, like your drawling, and she's a bit more muscled. The other has a rounder snout with larger jowls, and she's slimmer. Any idea why that might be?
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Elkenar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard that one type of the German shepherds is called Alsatian and according to the owner of this dog, Abbey is an Alsatian. If I remember right, Alsatians have developed in the UK and that's where you can see them. Unfortunately I don't know more about the different types of this breed. I believe some German shepherd owners can tell you more.

I think it's quite usual that the same dog breed can look a bit different in different countries. When a dog breed lives isolated in one particular area, they can develop in the long run. For example, dogs who live in very cold areas will most likely have a thicker fur than their "breed fellows" in some warm countries. Once I met a toller from Norway and I was surprised to see how different he looked compared to my own toller. Both the fur colouring and head shape were very different. Also people can breed their dogs depending on if they want work or show type dogs. Maybe the more muscled German shepherd is originally a work type dog?
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SandBladeRaider Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I can tell she's colder climate. Thanks for confirming the Alsatian type for me^^
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Elkenar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, always happy to help!
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ezliribs-apprentice Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
um...wow, this is stunning
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Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
are you open for comission or request for something like this but of my dog? very beautiful work. what are your prices?
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Elkenar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't take free requests anymore because I don't have enough time for that. But yes, I can take commissions, I'll send you a note about the prices.

I'm happy to hear you're interested in my art, thank you! :)
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