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
Copyright david gilchrist
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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