Border Collie

Dog Portraits

This year I have become interested in dog portraits, both in watercolour and coloured pencil.  I have always loved dogs and there has not been many years in my life when I have not been owned by at least one.  I grew up with a very forgiving boxer but latterly there has mostly been spaniels, in particular English Cockers and Field.  There was a very entertaining and loving period where two Basset Hounds joined us and prior to that a border collie helped us with our small flock of sheep.

I wish now I had taken better photographs of all these colourful characters, but unfortunately whilst there are actions snapshots, nothing quite meets the standards you need to paint from.  Good, clear close-up photographs with as much detail as possible is the best.  Then I can create the high detail portraits that I enjoy doing.  This is especially true when I am doing a commission as I do not know the personality of the dog.

I have in the past posted previous dog portraits (see Dogs as Artist’s Models back in March) but here are the latest two.  The Cavalier is in watercolour and for the Border Collie I used coloured pencils.  I am still finding it easier to use watercolour, but that is probably because I have been doing it for so long and it comes more naturally (taking the easier route?).  However, I think I prefer the finished article when I used coloured pencils.  I still have a lot to learn with this medium though.

Border Collie

Border Collie

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment. – Robert Falcon Scott

4 thoughts on “Dog Portraits

  1. occasionalartist

    These are beautiful portraits, I also think the coloured pencil portrait might be richer, but it is close. I want to do a portrait of my nieces dog for her for Christmas, but I am nervous about it. He is a black staffy cross and it was incredibly hard to get a good photo of him. He melts into the background and it is hard to get any definition on him. I hope it turns out half as good as yours, we will see. Karen

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    1. chrishaywood31 Post author

      I know I have the same problem with a long-haired dachshund that I want to do. I can’t see where his ears end and his back begins. Good luck with yours. I am sure your niece will be delighted.

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