This drawing was for a friend of my wife’s. To make a long story short, her and her girlfriends did a secret santa this year. She thought it would be a good idea for me to draw her friend’s dog for the gift. It has been a long time since my last pencil or charcoal drawing, so I was a little apprehensive about the task. It ended up being similar to riding a bike.
I sketched first to make sure my proportions were perfect, I have never drawn a dog before, and I actually found it easier than the human form. I could have spent hours and hours on the trees in the background, but I felt working them too much would take attention off of the important part of the image, the dog. I used Strathmore paper and Staedtler 4B artists pencil.
The framed final result turned out pretty well. I used an 11×14″ frame matted to 8×10″. In the future I would like to get back into charcoal and conte crayon combinations, this used to be my favorite medium.
This little drawing got quite a reaction at the dinner party, and was a big hit. I was very pleased that she was so happy with the drawing.