Hunk the Basset Hound custom hand drawn portrait - featured

Custom Basset Hound portrait

“Hunk” 8×10 colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper I had a few projects come up toward the end of the summer that kept be really busy with non-landscape painting — including this custom portrait drawing of Hunk the Basset Hound. I fell head-over-heels for Hunk! The way his mom described his personality as an irresistibly lovable tyrant definitely reminded me of our own dogs. And I was particularly smitten with his long hound face and ears because of our Dachshund, Bosco. Hunk’s mom provided the idea for the tilted crown (inspired by a Biggie Smalls photo with the…

Colored pencil chipmunk face

I enjoyed drawing the bunny face with colored pencils the other day, and wanted to do something similar with a different subject. But not so different that it would be a total shift from the bunny and a whole bunch of new things to extrapolate. This cute chipmunk fit the bill. Plus the little guy melted my heart. I struggled with getting the drawing right because I tried to rush it. I was so excited to get to the fur-drawing part that I was frustrated to have to wait to get started. But I knew if I didn’t get the…

Drawing fur with colored pencils practice

I finally finished reading Drawing and Painting Animals: Problems and Solutions by Trudy Friend and am all excited to practice drawing and painting fur. I found the book totally inspiring and am impressed with how much the artist put into it. It’s formatted so that on the left page there’s a typical animal drawing or painting, and common mistakes or oversights are described. Then on the right page Trudy shows her solutions with a much-improved drawing. The remarkable thing about it is how it pushes you to take your work to a more advanced level. If I had seen the “problem” pieces out…

Exploring different styles of illustrating Dachshunds

One of my goals for this year is to explore many different illustration approaches and media. Since I love my dogs so much I chose one of them, a Dachshund, as inspiration for a bunch of these sketches. I’d like to eventually add more styles to the custom pet portraits I create for my pet accessories shop, Oxford Dogma. Or maybe offer prints of different breeds if people would be interested in those as well.  After doing a bunch of sketches with really simplified faces, I felt a little blocked and uninspired. The drawings were OK, but didn’t have much…

Loose and gestural colored pencil mug

After a week of careful studies of a white mug, I changed things up today. Instead of drawing from a photo, I drew the mug as it was actually sitting in front of me. And I also loosened the marks up a lot, going for a general sense of the light and shadow vs. a careful representation. Polychromos colored pencils in Canson XL Mix Media sketchbook