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Dog Portraits in Graphite - Elizabeth Johnson

Dog Portraits in Graphite - Elizabeth Johnson
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In this workshop, Elizabeth will share the techniques she uses to draw beautiful dog portraits with graphite pencils. The first three lessons in this portrait workshop will cover each of the most important points of a dog portrait including both long and short hair. In the fourth lesson, Elizabeth will teach you how to put it all together. Dog breeds are varied and bring unique issues to the drawing table. But in this workshop you will gain the foundation for the skills you need to draw any dog portrait you wish. Elizabeth will also demonstrate an entire portrait on camera. But best of all, you will get to choose your own subject, so you can draw your best four footed friend with Elizabeth's guidance. Much attention will be given to details and shading. In this workshop you may take the time to accomplish several portraits taking advantage of the opportunity for Elizabeth’s helpful critique and guidance. This workshop is not for beginners. Elizabeth assumes you already have basic line drawing and shading skills as she walks you through these lessons. If you have completed Elizabeth's Pencils series then this is the class for you.

You can save money by purchasing both Cat Portrait and Dog Portraits as a bundle. See details here.


  • Pencils: graphite drawing pencils in grades B, 8B, & 9B. I use predominately Derwent Graphic pencils. Other quality brands are Sanford, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, & Prismacolor Turquoise.  I would not suggest using General’s Kimberly pencils.)
  • Erasers: Kneaded Eraser,  Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick (very important) (Only this brand of stick eraser has the narrow eraser stick necessary for the detail work you will be doing.)General’s Factis Oval  Eraser or comparable
  • Blender: Paper Blending Stump. You can get a variety of sizes from very narrow to quite large.  I usually use only sizes 1/8”,3/8”, and 7/16” size with the 7/16” being the one I use the most often.
  • Paper: Sketch paper. The packaging must say the word sketch rather than drawing.  Drawing paper is a completely different surface than we want now.  Bristol board smooth surface.  Must say smooth surface. There are many brands of papers and many grades of papers: Strathmore, Canson, and Bienfang are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes.   Cheap papers will not cooperate with your pencil and you will not be pleased with the results.
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Soft Brush:  You can purchase a soft drafting brush.  However, it is not necessary to spend money on this item.  A soft fluffy paint brush or make up brush will work just fine.  Just be sure they are clean and soft.
  • Clear Plastic Sheet, optional but encouraged
  • Small circle template, optional
  • Prospek, optional  you can buy this at Jerry’s Artarama

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