Dog portrait drawing of Sparky the playful Australian Shepherd-Border Collie mix

I got a nice surprise when Meredith reached out to me to see if I’d like to work on a portrait of her dad’s dog. She loved the one her husband had commissioned me to do of their own dog, Ross, and wanted to give her dad the portrait for his upcoming birthday. Sparky is a playful Australian Shepherd-Border Collie mix who knows lots of tricks that his dad taught him. Meredith wanted to explore a Western cowboy theme, which I thought sounded like a lot of fun! I provided a few concepts for her to choose from, and she…

portrait of Ross the Husky-German Shepherd mix-featured

Dog portrait drawing of Ross the Husky/German Shepherd mix

Zach reached out to me about making a portrait of his rescue dog, Ross, as a gift for his wife. It’s always so touching to me that people trust me with making special gifts for their loved ones! And when he explained the concept he had in mind I was super excited to sketch it out. Ross is an adventurous Husky/German Shepherd mix, so Zach wanted to see him with a Daniel Boone-inspired look. He suggested a coon skin hat and straw hanging out of his mouth — which also connected to their home state of Kentucky. That hat sounded…

custom hand drawn dog portraits of Mabel and Abby

Dog portrait drawings of Mabel and Abby

OK, I fully admit I have a soft spot in my heart for small dogs in particular…but this pair of larger dogs totally captured my heart, too. This was another portrait commission that came out of the  r/AccidentalWesAnderson subreddit post my husband made. Mabel’s and Abby’s dad, Wayne, emailed me to see if I could draw his dogs as a surprise for his wife. He describes Mabel as a big clumsy dog that’s scared of the world and Abby as an angsty teenager. Wayne left it up to me to create concepts to tell the stories of their personalities. For Mabel, since she’s scared of…

detail of Buster the French Bulldog portrait drawing

Drawing of Buster the French Bulldog

How cute is Buster?! This was another portrait commission that came out of the  r/AccidentalWesAnderson subreddit post my husband made. This French Bulldog’s dad, John, emailed me after he saw the portrait of Scout. He wanted to capture a few things in the portrait: a beret (after all, il est francais!) Buster’s favorite toy, which John and his wife call Olympic man The photo he provided was absolutely fantastic, and since he described his little guy as alert but not overly hyper, I thought it was the perfect reference angle. The slight head cock and expression lent themselves well to capturing…

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Drawing of Cooper, the fearless rescue dog

I’ve had an awesome month, art-wise. Well, lots of other ways, too! But anyway, a month ago my husband discovered the r/AccidentalWesAnderson subreddit (we’re both Wes Anderson fans). Since it ended up having a vibe appropriate for this thread, he shared my portrait of Scout on it. The next morning we discovered tons of comments and enthusiasm about the piece and several people reached out to see how they could get a drawing of their dog as well. One of these fellow Wes Anderson fans who messaged me was Cooper’s dad, Zachary. He loved the human expression captured in Scout’s face…