Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils
Dogs – Drawing Dog Portrait in Pencil
Pencil Dog drawing portraits in any breed of dogs is always enjoyable. In this article I would like to cover the
- step by step process of creating this art commission pencil dog portrait.
- discuss the “taking the dog portrait photo for pencil drawing” process
- share information on Choosing art materials for Dog Portrait Drawing
- provide the guideline for Commissioning a Pencil Portrait -the process!
- show other examples of Pencil Dog Portrait Drawings created by Portrait Artist – Cynthia Hargraves of Dogs
Dogs Drawing in Charcoal Portrait – Step by Step Process
The Dogs Drawing Portrait Reference Photo
Step 1 The Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils – undercoat
Sketched out the Dog onto Supersmooth Art Spectrum white Colourfix paper 30x40cm. Then applied watercolour paint and watercolour pencils.
Step 2 Checking – Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils
Once the undercoat is in place a simple check of shapes helps to save time and effort later. It is much easier to make the corrections in the undercoat then it is later with layers of colours in place. Studying your sketch at this point is really an essential step but it is hard to slow down to do this as I am keen to rush into the colour application.
Step 3 More Checking of Dog Drawing
Re-checking my artwork with more colour applied. Again this makes it easier to remove the errors before there is too much art materials on the paper. It also makes me check the tones, values and edges. Also I look at the background. When I start a painting I generally place a background but keep adjusting this background colour adding colours from the subject into the background. The Background keeps evolving as I work up the subject and is refined when considering the edges of the subject. I want the viewer’s eye to easily move around the face of the subject.
Step 4 More refining of background and highlights needed
More work needed to give the portrait that final zing. That dramatic effect that makes the artwork memorable. Corrections to background also are necessary.
Step 5. Completed Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils
I chose the paper as I wanted the subject to have that ”rugged quality” look. It lends to the expression of the subject. It is not a photo realistic end result but a painterly style with the expression of the subject of paramount importance.
Taking the Pencil 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 Pencil Drawing art materials for Dog Portrait
This is a selection of some of the coloured I use in my Dog Pencil 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
Professional-grade pencils are created from lightfast high quality pigments in either wax or oil based materials. They come in a wide variety of colours.
The same pigments found in professional oil paints, watercolour and pastels are found in these top quality professional coloured pencils. I use a variety of high quality brands such as HOLBEIN ARTIST, CARAN D’ACHE LUMINANCE and
FABER-CASTELL POLYCHROMOS COLOR PENCILS. I use several other brands as well. To learn more ABOUT THIS COLOURED PENCIL DRAWING ART MATERIAL
Commissioning a Pencil Dog Drawing Portrait –The Process
- View Gallery Pencil Dog Drawing Portrait
- Create Pencil Dog Drawing Portrait Design
- View Pencil 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.