Charley, You’re So Majestic! (#54): 100 Face Challenge

Sometimes a photo of an animal immediately grabs me and I must draw it right away.Β  Johanna at Colorpencil2014 recently shared a gorgeous photo of her dog and I jumped into it right after dinner last night.


What a stately, gorgeous animal! I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with this beautiful dog and my mixed media art journal last night. Thanks so much for sharing your photos, Johanna! I hope you enjoy!

Happy Weekend to all! I hope you make some time to do something that fills you with joy and satisfaction today. Peace.

92 thoughts on “Charley, You’re So Majestic! (#54): 100 Face Challenge

  1. OOOOOOOOHH Laura! Charley is so beautiful! Must be a Charley/Charlie thing! πŸ™‚ And this one belongs in the art gallery! TOTALLY amazing Artista! I can’t imagine it being Any better! WOWZA! Swooooooning over this one! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! So glad you like! I do think it’s a Charley/Charlie thing…..hehe. And I think all of my sketches of your Charlie actually helped me with Johanna’s Charley. Both animals so beautiful to look at and try and capture on the page. Yay for the swoon! πŸ˜€ lol

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      1. I agree Laura-i enjoy your work and admire your risk taking in tackling new challenges for yourself, but when you work with animals, birds, and especially dogs, something special happens between you and your materials! πŸ˜ƒI hope that makes sense-

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        1. Meg, thank you very much. That is a huge compliment. When I look into the eyes of a creature and can connect with it, I do think it can be a transportive experience. With this piece, I had more time than I normally do to work on a picture (I don’t like to come back and work on something over days or weeks; not sure how people have the patience for that). I think that really makes a big difference. The face challenge is helping me to see that maybe faces are what I’m *meant* to do. I love anything that is alive, even flowers and trees, the ocean, etc. I really appreciate your feedback & encouragement!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I am away for a few days….and look what I find on your blog!!! I am moved to tears Laura, this is Charley in every sense of the word!!! It makes me very happy and THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!! Laura do you sell your work? xoxoxox with a big hug from Charlie too!

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    1. Johanna, I’m so glad you love it! I was dying to see what you’d think! Your girl is so beautiful and she was a pleasure to draw! You’ve made my whole day that this drawing moved you so much. Seriously, I’m tearing up! I’m overjoyed you’re so happy! I drew this in my art journal, but I would really love to do pet portraits. I’m so drawn to animals (no pun intended) and this was a wonderful photo to work with. You’ve made my month, Johanna! ❀


        1. Johanna, I’m so flattered to be asked this question. I will have to think about it, because I’ve never really sold my work before. I assume you’re interested in a graphite piece, similar to this one? Same pose OK? I would love to take another shot at this and really try and do it “right” as they say. I did this one in front of the TV set! I have no idea what size you might be interested in. I will email all of this to you as well. Thanks again! I’m so glad you like this! I really enjoyed drawing your girl.

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret. I’m really proud of this one. When I take several hours to make something (which hardly ever happens), usually it turns out pretty well. This animal was so beautiful which really helped! So glad you liked it!


    1. Thank you so much! I draw regularly, could never draw before, even after four years of high school art. Turns out it’s all about practice. If you have the desire to draw, please practice daily and you’ll be rolling along in no time. Ten minutes a day. “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” is an amazing book. Everyone can draw. If I can, anyone can. Really glad you enjoyed this drawing.

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        1. Faber-Castell 9000 series and koh-i-noor toison d’or pencils are both great. And if you type sketchbook into my search box you should find a link to a terrific Canson Universal sketch book. 100 pages and very inexpensive but yet really good quality, even takes a light watercolor wash. Please let me know how you’re coming along or if you need any other help! πŸ’œ

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