A Dog Portrait to Celebrate a Big Birthday

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.

 The original photo

The original photo

 The final drawing!

The final drawing!

 

Enjoy,

Jason