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A watercolor painting I made for my "Behind the fence?" art exhibition, showing a fox and its pup.
Here you can see the heavy grain of the paper, I normally use much smoother ones, but for the size of the painting (40x60cm) I only had the rough paper at hand.
I'm not sure if I like the texture so much, but the looks of the two and the overall atmosphere of the painting is nice, blue-ish, like in early morning or late evening, when the light is low.
Great time for foxes to come out!

What do you think?
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KraftyFox Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
OMG! :iconfoxylaplz:
ABSOLUTELY LURV IT!!!! *huggles and noms the both of their tails*
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NightsFreedom Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sexual harrasment of underage foxes.
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Tharkz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it. Then again, I love most well made pieces havind foxes in them. I just can't get my eyes off the fence boards though. They make such a delicate contrast perhaps?
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! For the fence I worked on my wood-drawing skills - a beginning, at least ;) But it's really rewarding when you get a feel of realism for all this work :)
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :) They look so sweet and innocent :)
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, they really do! But who knows, perhaps they're just waiting to steal a chicken. Or rather a shoe?
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Dietlinde Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good! when I draw animal with fur I prefer smooth paper, but you did a great work too!
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! But yes, me too - I like smooth paper for details and rough paper for flat areas and color gradients. I'm still looking for the smooth paper brand in larger sizes... Somewhere! :ninja:
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geralin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks amazing!
I love their intense eyes.
Their fur looks so soft as well. :)
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) And as always -> eyes are soo important, they must be the best part of every painting I do!
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geralin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I understand. That is such a great plan! :)
And you are very welcome.
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Nojjesz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! They are so cute! ^^
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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KeidoxFerret Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Old stories never grow old if they our written good enough, they just stick. :3

anywho, as for the pic, I think it is well done, and I think you did a good job making the eyes the focal points too. :)
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, you're right, sometimes a story gets a life of its own and keeps on living and growing, evolving and reshaping, and still keeps its special feeling :)
And yes, I really take care about the eyes of my subjects, as they bring life to the whole painting. Thanks!
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Free---Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so good!
the eyes are so good whenever i do watercolor they never turn out like that!
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! In watercolor its extremely important to keep the eye colors clear and clean, since in most animals the eyes are bright, colorful and shiny. Even "dull" brown eyes are in fact like deep, dark glass. Be very careful with black and white as colors, since the other colors tend to get "muddy" when mixed with them.
And care for the light!
If you have a highlight on the top left, the down right corner will be lighted too, as the light passes through the glassy part of the eye.
I learned much about eyes and light by looking at clear gems or water drops.
Perhaps a google search for "gem painting tutorial" gives you some inspiration.
Sorry for so much yada yada, I hope it helps :)
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Free---Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks its really helpful, next time i use water colours i will take it into consideration
getting the lighting on the eye is the hardest bit for me so thanks again :)
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
And for the white spot (light reflection), take care to mask it/leave it completely untouched by color or pencil. You can shade it down later, if you feel like it, but it's normally the only pure clean white spot on a face (as the pupils (and perhaps a dog's nose) are the only true blacks). Just another piece of unasked advice ;)
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Free---Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!!!!!!!
most of the time i just rub out the white spot which makes it never truly white!
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! Very nice piece! I like the paper texture because of the "grain" it adds to the overall painting. I'm drawn most to the riveting eyes of the adult and kit. Excellent work!
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :hug:
I think the grain is great for large painted areas where the colors can move around a bit, it's great for background washes (giving it some texture). For details, not so much - I draw many details before I start painting, and the grain doesn't allow for really fine lines. If there was two-grain paper, with the rougher texture only for the background... that would be nice!
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micromeg Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wonderful painting, love their expressions :)
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid!
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much :hug:
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
^^
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
die Füchse sind toll! vor allem ihre Augen!
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Danke, wieder mal hat meine Vorliebe für Augen zugeschlagen ;)
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kenne ich!
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artweak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wow!! nice painting. It's just perfect for a book ilustration. Keep up the great job and thanks for the inspiration. ;)
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:iconantoniavogel:
antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, so nice of you to say that! :hug: Yes, perhaps someday I find out more about the (old) stories behind those two :)
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artweak Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
;)
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwe I love their curious expressions. Momma's looks mature and calm, whereas the kit's looks
young and full of wonder. Adorable.
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it :) I thought the little one should be hiding a bit more, like peeking around the fence until Mum gives her okay ;)
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