It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to do a project for friends or family – so I was thrilled when my sister in-law Becky reached out to have me do a drawing as a gift to celebrate my brother Matt’s 50th birthday!
After seeing my recent pencil drawing of a dog (and his owner!) done as a birthday gift for another client, Becky got the idea to give Matt a special keepsake of his beloved furry boys – a chocolate lab named Bruin and a Swiss Mountain Dog named Harvey.
The only challenge was finding a good picture of both the dogs in the same photo. After recruiting their sons in the effort and digging through a bunch of options, we found a great snapshot - minus issues with shining eyes and Harvey’s paw being cropped off. This is one of the great parts of doing a portrait, though! By using other pictures, it was easy to address these issues and make a less-than-perfect picture into a piece of art that is exactly what they wanted!
Below are the original photo and the final drawing.