In case you missed it, I’ve been hard at work completing my first charcoal portrait of a beautiful Great Dane named Draco. Great Danes are known for their size, but also for their characteristic faces, which makes drawing their portraits both challenging and interesting.
I dropped off Draco’s portrait this morning to his very pleased pet parents, who proudly show off their new piece of art!
This little guy was posted on no other than Facebook. Once I saw him, I knew that I had to capture his slightly mischievous pose as he basks in a life of luxury. My focus in this drawing were his eyes, because they are the center of his expression of comfort.
‘Senator’ was the first commission that I ever did. It was an interesting outcome to posting some really quick sketches on my Facebook page. A colleague of mine saw the quick sketches and asked if I’d be willing to draw his late golden retriever, Senator.
“No way,” I said. “I’m just a beginner, and I don’t think I’ll be able to do a very good job of it.”
With some encouragement, I finally agreed to give it a go. The worst that could happen was that the portrait didn’t turn out, and I’d have to admit defeat (except that really, the worst that could happen was that I totally messed up the drawing and insulted the memory of someone’s beloved pet and that person would never talk to me again because I was such a failure). As usual, my worst enemy was my own fear of failure, but with some encouragement from my husband, I got started. It only took about 50 tries before I reached the final product, and you know, it wasn’t half bad!