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Old English Sheepdog Pencil Drawing

Old English Sheepdog Pencil Drawing by Amy Letts Pet Portraits

Old English Sheepdog - Detail view of pencil drawing by Amy Letts
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Another doggy drawing!

This is the commission I got from one of the friends I play D&D with. I was for his girlfriend as a Valentines Day present because they both adore Old English Sheepdogs and want to have one as a pet one day. Aww! Apparently she loved it, and now I can post the picture of it here in my blog without any risk of ruining the surprise.

I used photo reference and drew with a very light pencil at first; I wanted to detail as much of the hair as possible, I mean, an Old English Sheepdog is pretty much ALL hair so it’s very important (such a big, hairy and beautiful breed)! Then I gradually added the darker tones and shading, using a smudge stick to gently blend.

It was rather fun, and I got to use a lot of different line types to create the textures in the background. YAY!

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Labrador Puppy Pencil Drawing

Photo: Clownfish

I haven’t drawn anything photo-realistic in a while so I thought I’d see if I could still do it! What do you think?I’m quite happy with it. I love the puppy dog eyes, and I think the eyes are the most important bit to get right because they’re always the thing that grab me and give ‘life’ to a drawing.

I’m thinking of offering Pet Portraits because I love animals, they’re just so adorable how could one not enjoy drawing them? And I want, where possible, to live by my art which means thinking of ways to make money doing it. You’ll probably see a few more of my practises here as I prepare. Please, if any of my artist friends can lend me their experience to this project do comment.