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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

Dogs Drawing in Charcoal Portrait – Step by Step Process

The Dogs Drawing Portrait Reference Photo

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The Dogs Reference Photo

Step 1 The Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils – undercoat

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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

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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

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Re-checking my artwork

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

Dogs Drawing in Pencil
Without Final Highlights

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

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With Dramatic Highlights

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

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 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 

Commissioning a Pencil Dog Drawing Portrait –The Process

Commission a Dog Portrait Drawing

      • https://youtu.be/AnAcNChWsnY


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.


Pencil Dog Drawing - Cynthia Hargraves




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Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils
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Dogs-Portrait Drawing in Pencils
Dogs-Drawing Dog Portrait in Pencil. Commission Pencil 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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