Dog Portraits and the Fine Art of Surviving Fur Drawing

We were so sick this winter!  I’ve lost count of the bouts we had with achey flu-like illnesses and colds.  And, of course, having seven of us in the family means that it took forever for each virus to run its course.  So when I look back on the winter and I wonder, “Where did the time go?,” I suppose that’s my answer.  We were all sleeping and sniffling and generally feeling miserable and trapped indoors.

So, it is with great pleasure that I can show you these two drawings.  The poor things got put on the back burner all through January and February, and by March, I knew I had to just finish them already.  It was a huge relief when I dropped them off with their new owners and could count them done.  Now, on to painting!  (Oh, what’s that?  I’m feeling sick again?  How about on to painting!… next week.)

finished Dog portrait by Amanda Schwabe


Dog portrait by Amanda Schwabe


Oh, and remember in my last post, when I mentioned how drawing fur requires sharpening your pencil every 10 seconds or so?  Well, I thought I’d take a picture for you.

Too dull:

Drawing fur requires a super-sharp pencil.  This one is too dull.


Just right:

Sharp enough to kill.  Or draw perfect fur.


That’s right.  A fraction of a millimetre makes a difference.

Materials Used:

So, what do you think of my drawings?  I have a feeling that pet portraits may become scarce for me.  I don’t know if I have the patience to draw more fur.  Then again, by the end of the second drawing, I had begun to enter a trance-like state…  so maybe I’ve stumbled on to a new relaxation technique.


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