The customer had sent me a stunning photograph of her two Norfolk Terriers standing on a picnic bench to create a double pet portrait in pencil form.

Norfolk Terriers are a small breed of British dog, formerly a variety of Norwich Terrier. These breeds are the smallest of the working terriers.

Sometimes putting two portraits on one picture does not work very well, but as these are a small breed it worked nicely. I understand that attempting to get the perfect photograph of two dogs together is almost impossible, so I like to work from a variety of separate photographs when doing a double dog portrait.  This enables me to choose the best poses to get the best composition for the drawing.

I chose to draw them on grey heavyweight cardstock to really make their beautiful creamy colouring stand out. I left out any kind of background so the viewer can focus on the two dogs characterful faces.

With all pet portraits in pencil considering the colour of card to use and considering the composition is vital before you begin. Once this is complete, the first step to a dog drawing is the eyes! Bringing the subjects to life and adding character is vital.

The mid-length fur in this pet drawing is created using various warm yellows and brown ochre colours, taking care to make sure the highlights do not get lost. 

To make the noses look wet and smooth I blend layers of colour together. The colourless blender pencil smooths the colours together and leaves a slightly shiny film on top.

To commission a dog portrait from myself is very simple. I don’t bite!! See my how to contact me page. Pet portraits of a family dog make wonderful presents which will be treasured for a long time.