So, here we are a few days later and too many hours to count, but he’s finally looking like he’s taking some shape.

coloured pencil pet portrait artist

You can see here that many more details need to be added, but you can now get a general idea – or I can get a general idea, of how he will look once finished.

So by going in and adding a lot of the values by shading in the darks, I can see clearly what needs to go where and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of it.

This is something that you can do right at the start if you wish, something like an all over base using Pan Pastels, or what I have done here by just creating the tones and highlights with pencils.

If you have a look at the Bulldog piece, this will give you an idea of how using the pan pastels can create a brilliant first layer, enabling to to go in and add the details.

So now to add in all those lovely details down the left hand side, including that gorgeous floofy ear 😍

I have used a lot of the Derwent Light fast pencils on this piece and I’ve been really impressed on the whole. But of course, there has to still be a mix a the Polychromos and Pablo’s, plus a few Luminance pencils thrown in for good measure.

This is also the first time I have used the Pastelmat board from Clairefontaine, I absolutely love it and I bought it in a large sheet which I cut to size as it’s the most economical way of doing it – I got mine from Jacksons Art.

You can find a list of the materials I use and love here

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