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Work in Progress - Poodle mix drawing

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Reference Photograph

Memorial Portrait Details

poodle reference photograph

Size: 11" x 14"
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Breed:  Terri-Poo (Terrier Poodle mix)
Name: Sophie

Nicknamed "Scruffy", Sophie was described by her owner as a vibrant, energetic, playful, loving dog who always appeared to be looking deeply into our eyes.



Update 1

Update 2

Poodle sketch

Every drawing starts out as a basic outline sketch.

Poodle/terrier drawing

Now that Sophie's eyes and nose are complete, I will start on the detail of the fur.

Update 3

Update 4

negative drawing fur

As I draw the fur, I actually add the dark lines that make up the shadows of the white fur. This is called negative drawing.

contrast drawing

To improve the composition, I darkened the area on the side of the head. This increases the contrast between the body and face.


Update 5

Update 6

drawing white fur

Adding the impression of white hair is a painstaking process. The dark lines are not the hairs themselves but actually the shadows that the hair casts on the fur.

drawing messy fur

In this stem, I added the messy fur on the forehead by darkening the area and making eraser marks to form the white locks of  fur. I then proceeded to the right ear.



Update 7

Finished portrait-click to enlarge

black background dog

Here I rounded off the right side of the face and continued to add the black background.

final portrait of poodle terrier mix

The finishing touches to Sophie's portrait have been added in this last update.



Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.



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