how to draw a pet dog in pastels from a photo
Here is the  photo of dog
( toby ) supplied by a client
The brief is to draw the dog in pastels on textured
artist pastel paper size 12 by 16 inches

I was asked to alter the layout to make a neater
portrait.
remove the leg upper right
remove area of back on left side
don`t show front legs
( this will leave a head and shoulders portrait )
I start the drawing by lightly
drawing in the main details
with a hb lead pencil
with the pencil and white pastel
to see detail clearly
Using my pastels I apply some
pink colour to ears and shade
in white areas on face and add
colour to eyes
The white shading is now
roughly added in the face
I add some of the darker
shading to the face
The shading is now roughly
finished on the face and colour
added to nose. strengthen eye
colour
Here I start to blend in the
shading on the  face ( darks
and highlights ) to give a
smooth finished look
I am now starting to finish
blending the shadows and
lights on the face,nose, ears
and mouth
Now the face and ears are
blended and appears darker
and smoother. I have also
made shadows even darker
added colour to collar .Add
blue to background
Now here is the finished pastel portrait of
toby ready for framing !
A STEP BY STEP DEMONSTRATION
by artist David Gilchrist
Practice working from photos yourself it`s
a great way to gain confidence in art and
if at first you don`t succeed you can
always try again ! Give it time and you
will see results.
I hope to bring you more how to`s soon
so please feel free to come back and see if
I have added something new
how to draw a pet dog in pastels from a photo
step 2 show outline
step 3 add white
step 4 more white
step 5 darker shading
step 6 eye colour
step 7 blend in
step 8 shadows and lights
step 9 add background
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HOW TO DRAW A PET DOG IN PASTELS FROM A  PHOTO
HOW TO DRAW A PET DOG IN PASTELS FROM A  PHOTO

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