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Dogs – Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal

Charcoal Dog drawing portraits in any breed of dogs is always enjoyable. In this article I would like to cover the

Dogs Drawing in Charcoal Portrait – Step by Step Process

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 1

Started the outline drawing followed by adding tonal sketch of Lucy’s face working left to right. 

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 2

Step 2 – face is nearly covered but a reworking of lights and darks will follow this process. At this stage shapes and balancing edges and tones is essential.

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 3

Step 3 – Dog drawing of face reworked in more detail and other ear added. More facial detail and expression will follow.

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 4

Step 4 – Dog drawing expression has been worked on and starting to work on neck details. Luminosity of eyes add to the character and expression of Lucy.

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 5

Step 5 – Neck has been worked on and collar begun.

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – step 6

Step 6 – I always lightly add pencil and charcoal to new areas. Then once I am sure that the drawing is accurate I build up the charcoal drawing. This was the undercoat.

Dogs - Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
Dog Charcoal Drawing – Completed

Taking the Charcoal Dog Portrait for this Portrait Drawing

Have a Treat or Toy, Camera, Friend ready

dog toy for photoThis is helpful to get the attention of your pet. So if you are taking the photo have a friend nearby to assist in positioning the pet. Wave the treat under the nose of your pet and lift it up to the camera.

NB. I often make a portrait from several photos of the subject so don’t worry how many photos you take to get what you want. I like the photo to be about 5 pixels, clear and in focus and all the pet parts together.

Location for the Portrait – Garden,home,or on holiday!

Make sure there’s contrast – a dark background for a light-coloured animal for example helps me to see your pet more clearly. This photo of a dog portrait was taken again a garden that the owner loved. The striking play of light made it an interesting portrait.Beaches or gardens make great backdrops for dog portraits.

For More information on taking your Pets Portrait please visit        https://www.petportraitartist.com.au/PetPortraits/takingpetanimalphoto.html

Selection of Charcoal Drawing art materials for Dog Portrait

Dogs - charcoal dog drawing art materials

This is a selection of some of the charcoals I use in my Dog Charcoal Drawings. I apply this on a high quality very white smooth paper. I keep the surface clean while working by applying a sheet of Glassine paper to one side of my artwork. This is to stop smudges from occurring on the surface. I later use the Glassine sheet to cover the artwork when I post it off. The Glassine sheet is acid free and slippery so it does not interfere with the charcoal drawing.  Follow this link to  learn more about Designing a Commissioned Dog Portrait 

Commissioning a Charcoal Dog Drawing Portrait –The Process

Commission a Dog Portrait Drawing

     

    In the Main Website: petportraitartist.com.au there are several examples of previous commissioned portraits that can be viewed in different mediums that I have created from online commissions over the past 15 years. 

    Finally a video to view of My Art Studio – not usually this tidy but you will see the layout for those that are interested. As all my work sell before I have created them there is not much artwork to show.

     

     

     

     

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    Dogs-Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
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    Dogs-Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal
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    Dogs-Drawing Dog Portrait in Charcoal. Commission Charcoal drawings of breed of dogs demonstrated in steps. Process from photo, choosing design to completion.
    Cynthia Hargraves
    Pet Portrait Artist: Cynthia Hargraves
    Pet Portrait Artist: Cynthia Hargraves
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