Isla

Isla is no longer a puppy, but what an absolutely perfect choice of a reference in this photo from her puppyhood!

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I began by sketching Isla with a light coloured pastel pencil, aiming to capture her movement. With three of her paws on the ground this was more difficult, so I made sure to bring attention to her floppy ears flying behind her.

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Once I was happy with the sketch, I then added some layers of ivory coloured pastel pencil to ensure a smooth base, then I began to add detail.

Usually, I add areas of colour on a subject then fill in the fine detail slowly. Isla’s portrait was an exception however as I wanted to capture the sense of perspective as she is approaching. I saw her head and front paws as the main drawing, and her body and rear paws almost as a background. I added detail to her face before anywhere else as a reference of how much detail to add to the rest of her body.FullSizeRender (2)

Once I was happy with the level of detail, I could then go on to add in her puppy wrinkles, floppy ears and giant puppy paws.

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The finished portrait. Faber Castell pastel pencil and Unison soft pastel on Daley Rowney Ingres Pastel Paper, measuring 12″ x 10″ / 30 x 25cm.

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Thanks for reading! Isla’s portrait is also available as a print, with 10% of each one sold being donated to German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue UK. You can buy a copy here:

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2 Comments

  1. Really interesting to read how yo u make the magic happen. Am a huge fan of your work and very jealous. For someone who can only draw a stickman I am very impressed. Great work.

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