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06-10-2015, 04:19 AM

I'm doing this dog for my hairdresser, who is lovely. She opened up early to fit me in on the day of my husbands funeral a couple of years back and then wouldn't let me pay, sending me off with a hug.

This is my chance to repay that kindness. She recently lost her dog and very tentatively asked if I ever drew dogs. I don't! But said I'd have a go. The photos were awful as they were taken with flash ... Eyes like demons! Hard to see where the ears ended etc etc etc. this is the second go. The first was a disaster!

This time I decided to work in charcoal on a buff paper, with coloured pencil over it. The charcoal let me work more freely and move elements around until it was something like.

Hope she likes it :crossfingers:

I've got some seascapes in there that I will add here later

06-10-2015, 08:55 AM
Lovely. Looks a lot like my boy. Bit scruffy at the moment though.


06-10-2015, 12:20 PM
Love those paws!

06-10-2015, 01:25 PM
Sweet portrait of a beloved dog. I'm sure she will like it.

06-12-2015, 03:36 AM


A couple more in coloured pencil in the buff coloured book. The paper has a nice slight tooth.

06-12-2015, 12:37 PM
Really love these- the second one especially, such beautiful colours. As I have said before I love how you work with coloured pencils.

Also sorry for my picture change above. I must have posted on the same day without thinking about it- stupid ipad!

06-12-2015, 03:20 PM
Like these ocean scenes. So atmospheric.

06-12-2015, 06:35 PM
Don't worry Sydney I do it often! Yep, wretched iPad! So brilliant and sometimes so annoying.

06-16-2015, 05:02 AM

not strictly in this sketch book, though currently tucked into it loose! it's on Fisher 400 paper in a golden buff sort of colour. Done in coloured pencils. I'm working on a large pastel and did this on one of the offcuts, it's only about 9 inches or so. I really like how cp works on this paper and looks almost like pastel.

06-16-2015, 12:48 PM
Wonderful. Like the sun glow in the clouds.

Joan T
06-16-2015, 09:04 PM
Love the dog portrait!!!! I'm sure she will love it too. Great moody landscapes. The buff paper adds a nice touch. What are you using for the white?

06-17-2015, 03:04 AM
Thanks :)

The white is a mix of a new one I'm testing for Derwent (brilliant so i hope it goes into production) and Polychromos.

08-15-2015, 06:32 AM
Love the doc portrait! Great work

Saint Ragdoll
08-15-2015, 03:53 PM
The dog is perfect! Sweet tilt of the head and thise paws! If it were me, I would put the highlights in the eyes off center a little, but thats nitpicking.
I really love that buff paper! What brand sketch book is it? I have to get one, or two. finding a whole sketchbook of buff paper would be wonderful, as I love drawing on paper that's some other color than white.

I just bought a Canson spiral bound, with lovely cream color paper, and 90pound paper!!! I havent tried it out yet but your dog portrait has inspired me. If I can get a decent pic of my Chihuahua Beau, I will try drawing him. But he knows what I am doing when I pick up my phone and point it at him and he hates it, hides under his blankie!

Saint Ragdoll

08-16-2015, 12:48 AM

I'm doing this dog for my hairdresser, who is lovely. ... She recently lost her dog and very tentatively asked if I ever drew dogs....

Hope she likes it :crossfingers:


08-16-2015, 01:01 AM
Well done on the dog! You captured the personality and mood so well, and that's a great likeness. Looks like a shaggy scruffy breed! Love the floppy paws and long hair, that sense of tousled affection. I'm sure the dog's owner will be wowed, there's so much personality!

Love those landscapes and I agree, your colored pencils look like pastels on the sanded paper! Gorgeous work and giving me ideas for things to try with my colored pencils. That second seascape is so dramatic and gripping! The first has good sense of height to it, love the way the boats seem so tiny, it's almost vertiginous. The second one has intense emotion for me and draws me right in.

The forest on sanded paper is simply gorgeous. Loose and refined at the same moment! I get way too tight with colored pencils but maybe I can learn from you to get more expressive with them!

08-16-2015, 03:13 AM
Thanks for all the lovely comments :)

I did a life class yesterday. First time life drawing for at least a couple of years. Very intense and well planned, making us work fast. I will put some on later.