D is for Dog!

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”  ~Johnny Depp

I couldn’t come up with what to draw for D, no matter how hard I tried.   Not that obscure of a letter, but just drew a blank.   My daughter suggested dog, and even provided a photo of her friend’s dog, and what a beautiful subject.


So I’m happy to report I’ve drawn my first dog!  Keep in mind this is a 3×5″ sketchbook, so it’s probably a lot smaller than you might imagine.


Yes, it needs lots of work, but it took me forty minutes as is, and that’s the longest time I’ve spent on a sketch yet.  This was a joy to do with a yellow ochre Polychromos pencil.  I could have shaded forever.  Literally, I could have added tons of detail and it’d have been a joy all the way through because the short hair really made this much easier than drawing my cat.

So, to all you dog (and cat and bird, heck nature) lovers out there, I would love to take a  look at your photos with  an eye to drawing and/or painting them.   Feel free to send to createarteveryday@gmail(dot)com.  The closer the shot, the better.   I’m so inspired by the photography blogs I’ve seen since starting this art journey.

Thanks for checking in with me, and tune in tomorrow to see what I conjure up for the letter E.  🙂

5 thoughts on “D is for Dog!

  1. Nice tonal gradations in the sketch, but I think the proportions of the head to the body are a bit out. The length of the chest is longer than the head, but in your sketch they are about equal. Try using measurement system and check proportions as you develop your sketch. Hope this helps.


  2. Hi Graham, thanks for your comments. I was running out of room on my 3×5″ sketchbook, as I’d not intended to draw anything but the dog’s head. It got pretty out of control once I added more. I do appreciate your notes, and thank you for taking the time to look.


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