Learn to Draw your Dog

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Read more about the course and how to enrol here.

Here are a few examples of the incredible work produced on the course.


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‘I have just finished a learn to draw a dog 🐾 portrait class from Gillian. The experience far exceeded my expectations of what an online drawing class would be. We were given the expert “corrections” or suggestions by Gillian, and by having us as a group we were able to learn from each others drawings as we progressed. Also, much support, praise and encouragement was given by Gillian and the group members. And who knew we were all such good artists!! We saw the dogs come alive on the page. I am continuing on to another class, and that one will not be my last! Thank you Gillian.’ – Chris B.


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‘Gillian has been a wonderful teacher, she is so positive and filled me with the confidence I was lacking. Her step by step approach is easy to follow and she is always there if you have a query or question! If you’re thinking of joining I wouldn’t hesitate, the course has been fantastic and I have met lots of lovely like minded people.’ Hazel W.


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‘Thanks again for this course, I’m so looking forward to the other courses. This has been an amazing experience and I haven’t stopped drawing since and enjoying every minute of it. My granddaughter is so looking forward to getting dolly in a frame and taking it home with her. Many many thanks.’ -Fay V.


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‘Thank you Gillian for offering this terrific course. I’ve loved discovering if I could do this and if I could draw a portrait of my dog starting with basic shapes and no tracing? Previously I had only drawn 1 dog before and that was as a teenager over 35 years ago so now there is the confidence to continue to learn. You have taught us well!
It’s been wonderful watching everyone’s dogs come to life on the paper and how supportive this group is.’ – Fiona B


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‘I am nearly at the end of a 6 week course on How to Draw Your Dog with Gillian. I have learnt so much from this in a way I never thought possible. It’s amazing to see your dog come to life on paper week by week. The tutorials are very explicit and Gillian is so patient and encouraging with your efforts. I’d not hesitate to recommend Gillian or this course.’ – Pat C.

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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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