Learn to Draw a Hungarian Vizsla

I regularly receive messages from people who are interested in learning to draw, or from people who used to draw or paint but due to busy times spent working, raising a family or something else they haven’t drawn in many years and are lacking the confidence to start again. I firmly believe everyone can learn to draw, and through teaching evening classes and short courses I’ve seen this to be true even of those who have never drawn before and are sure that they can never learn.

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I tried to reply with advice whenever I could, but as these emails were getting more and more frequent I began to think about putting together online art courses. More than any other dog, the breed I have most experience drawing is a Hungarian Vizsla, so this seems like a good reason to make vizslas the subject of my first course.


The course will focus on learning to draw in pastel from a reference photograph from scratch without any aids such as grids, tracing etc. It is divided into five main sections, and although there is no specified time given to the course, it will probably take about 25 hours to complete. Extra support comes from a private Facebook group and video clips to show various techniques.


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More courses will follow, I am currently working on a course called Learn to Draw Your Own Dog which will be available in early June.

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Published by gillianussherart

I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat. I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website. I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine. I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact gillian@perpetualportraits.co.uk

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