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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pit Bull Terrier Portrait (graphite drawing)

I haven't had the chance to post all of my Christmas commissions so thought I'd share this dog portrait I created using graphite pencil. 

I had a handful of photos to use but the original reference photo I had to work with measured only about 3 inches and did not have optimal resolution. To make matters more challenging, the client wanted a large portrait measuring 11x14! 

Creating a white animal on a white background may not be immediately apparent but can be achieved by carefully observing and exaggerating the subtle tonal values (highlights and shadows). One must be careful not to darken the values too much or the subject will end up looking darker than actually would be.

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  1. Aw, thanks Carol! Thanks for visiting and hope you have a great day!

  2. Lovely work Colette. Black or white coated animals are always more tricky aren't they. Its nice to see a graphite drawing from you

  3. You did a fantastic portrait of Buster, Colette!! He sits very proud ..just the way you should be feeling!! Excellent work.

  4. Sue and Hilda, your comments are so kind ♥ I would have liked to have a better ref photo of Buster but this one had to do.