Colette Theriault AFC, BSc (Biology) Animal Artistry (Wildlife Art & Pet Portraits)
Pet Portrait of Shetland Sheepdog "Mickey" In this step I drew the outline of the subject and major elements of the composition using pastel pencils.
Step 2 of Dog Portrait In this case, I like to work the background first because it will be easer to overlay the fur outline afterwards.
Step 3 of Dog Portrait With the background complete, I now concentrate on the main features of Mickey's face. I almost always start with they eyes.
Step 4 of Dog Portrait More of the facial features are added.
Step 5 of Dog Portrait Next I added the ears and have begun laying down the long fur using many layers of pastel.
Step 6 of Dog Portrait More of the body fur is added in this step.
Step 7 of Dog Portrait ...and still more fur!!
"Mickey" the Shetland sheepdog portrait completed! In this final step, I completed drawing the paws before finishing up the detailed carpet in the foreground. Lastly, I went over the whole portrait making any necessary touch ups or reworked areas that could be improved upon.
I hope you enjoyed watching "Mickey" come to life on paper.