Dogs Pastel Drawing Portraits
Dogs – Drawing Dog Portrait in Pastel
Pastel Dog drawing portraits in any breed of dogs always makes a treasured artwork. In this article I would like to cover the
- step by step process of creating this art commission Prize winner Pastel Dog Portrait I did of a Golden Retriever
- discuss the “taking the dog portrait photo for charcoal drawing” process
- share information on Choosing art materials for Dog Portrait Drawing
- provide the guideline for Commissioning a Pastel Portrait -the process!
- show other examples of Pastel Dog Portrait Drawings Dog Portrait Drawings created by Portrait Artist – Cynthia Hargraves of Dogs
Dogs Drawing in Pastel Portrait – Step by Step Process
Pastel Portrait Dog Drawing – Photo reference
The photo reference is difficult to get in the best light. Often I must work from several photos but I found this to be an adequate photo reference. In the pastel dog drawing portrait I would not make the shadow as dark on the face as you cannot see the details of the eye on the left.
Step 1 The Drawing of the Dog Portrait Commission Art
Here I sketched out the drawing in a sepia charcoal pencil then began by blocking in shapes. These shapes will later be modified as will the tones and values.
Step 2 Working up the layers of pastel
When the added layers of pastel are added and I am happy with the colours I then smooth the pastel with my finger. You can see on the neck layers of colours are gently added first. On the side of the nose the pastel appears smoother where finger tip has smoothed the layers. Only a very light touch is ever used as it is easier to remove the pastel if not happy with the result. This is true with charcoal and pencil drawings as well.
The Completed Dog Drawing Portrait in Pastel
About my Pet and Animal Portrait Artwork. Many artist strive for a very realistic representation of painting or drawing. I greatly admire their dedication and skill. However I prefer a painterly approach to my Pet Portraits Commissions. It is a conscious choice not to compete with a camera representation. I want my paintings to look like the photo but appear to be obviously a painting.
Taking the Pastel Dog Portrait for this Portrait Drawing
Have a Treat or Toy, Camera, Friend ready
This 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 Pastel Drawing art materials for Dog Portrait
This is a selection of some of the pastels I use in my Dog Pastel Drawings. I apply this on a high quality Brown Colourfix paper by Art Spectrum. I have a newspaper under the artwork to catch the falling remnants of pastel as I work. I 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 pastel drawing.
Follow this link to learn more about Designing a Commissioned Dog Portrait
Commissioning a Pastel Dog Drawing Portrait –The Process
- View Gallery Pastel Dog Drawing Portrait
- Create Pastel Dog Drawing Portrait Design
- View Pastel Dog Drawing Prices to suit your size and budget
- Contact: Phone, Text, Email
- Main Pet Animal Dog Portrait Website
- About the Portrait Artist – Cynthia Hargraves
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.
- Dogs in oil painting portraits
- Dogs in pastel and pencil portraits
- Dogs in charcoal and pencil drawing portraits
- Dogs in pencil drawing portraits
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.