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On the guard by AnkaAI3 On the guard by AnkaAI3
My (unfortunately belated) birthday's gift for my mother – a portrait of her doggie Čikalan when she was about one year old :) She was a lil' dog with a brave heart, always keeping close eye on us. This drawing is a tribute to her as well, my way of saying: "Thank you for every single day you were with us." :aww:

Drawing Čikalan's portrait tormented me a lot. Even though I spent quite lots of time on the drawing, I wasn't able to capture Čikalan's appearance well so I gave it up and decided to start again from the beginning but using a different reference picture. This time I succeeded in capturing the appearance but another hard nut to crack was a background... My intention was to draw plants in the background blurred but it looked so horrible that I had to re-draw this part precisely. I'm not still very happy with the grass but my mother loved the drawing a lot. All is well what ends well :aww:

:pencil: :liquisoft: Water soluble colored pencils on watercolor paper

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StillbornParanoia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
When I saw the miniature, I thought it's an actual photo!
It really looks great! :)
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thanks a lot for your comment, it is a compliment for me :aww: It was a gift for my mother so I tried my best :)
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StillbornParanoia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
You're most welcome!
I bet your Mother really liked it! :)
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
You are right, she loved the drawing a lot. :aww: She framed the drawing and put it in her living room :)
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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! 
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you! :aww:
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skytabula Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always nice to draw something for a friend or family member (especially moms) This is so lovely :D
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thank you! I agree, it was a pleasure to make this drawing and see how my mother was happy :aww:
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
beutiful drawing and sad story
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thanks for your comment and :+fav:! Well, it was a great loss for us when Čikina passed away :tears: I don't want to make it sound like a cliché but our lives were enriched by many amazing moments with Čikina and she is still with us in our memories :)
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
im sure they were theyer apart of the famaily,alway heartbraking to loose a dog or any pet
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czajka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Beautiful drawing. Love the color of fur. You are working very good with watercolor pencils. And it is so nice, that you decided to draw background. :thumbsup:
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thanks! :hug: I wanted to make the drawing special because it was a present for my mother so I decided to include background as well. But like I mentioned in a description, drawing the background was driving me crazy and it was the reason why I didn't finish it in time. Fortunately, my mum was very happy when she saw the portrait and didn't mind at all it was a belated gift :aww:
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SILENTJUSTICE Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
So lovely! :D
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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SILENTJUSTICE Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem!:iconhugsareniceplz:
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martintinaz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
:clap:Gorgeous work my dear...very beautiful!:love:
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you very much! :aww: :iconflowerdropplz:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
This is really a beauty dearest...
Fabulous work....:iconbravoplz:
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you very much :hug: :iconcolorfulroseplz:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
:tighthug::iconloveyouplz::heart:
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
This is just amazing! :clap: I understand you wanted to make some details better but in my view, as you know, all the details possible to be noticed on the this drawing are really great! :D Cikalan was a very cute dog, and the fur detail you've managed to capture is just superb! :clap: Once again Annie, great drawing, fantastic work! :D :hug: It took a while, it was a delayed birthday gift, but I can assure you it was worth for your mother to wait. ;) :thumbsup:
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AnkaAI3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thanks a lot Bolt :tighthug: Yes, my mother didn't mind to wait and was so touched when she saw the finished drawing. But as I kinda expected it isn't appreciated that much here... :shrug: Well, never mind, I was drawing it for my mum and if nobody else like it, I don't care. Though I know you are another person who likes the drawing, too ;) :cuddle:
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Awww Annie. :cuddle: You know that although many people don't comment, many might :+fav:, at least they liked. :lol: :hug: You're very welcome and yes, I do love it! :D Its impossible not to enjoy such a great piece of work. :thumbsup:
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