Pencil Sketch: Zoe the Dog

| November 24, 2009
dog sketch wip

Zoe the dog graphite drawing WIP

Zoe the Dog Pencil Sketch

Above is the beginning of an affectionate portrait of our dog Zoe. We rescued her about eight years ago when we found her tied up to a tree in a park sitting in the rain. No one was in sight and there were no calls when we advertisted in the paper that we had found her. She was healthy but poorly cared for and barely resembled the Zoe we know today. We love this Schnoodle. To give you an idea of the transformation, I’ll post the first picture that we took of her when I am finished with the drawing.

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Zoe the dog almost complete

Donna has been asking me to do a portrait of her for a while and since I am on a drawing kick at the moment, I thought I would give it a go. I cruised some drawing sites last night and found an amazing graphite artist that completely inspired me. His name is Brian Duey and you can see his work here. He posted his material list so I ran down to the local art store at lunch today and picked up some supplies. I am using 3B and 7B graphic pencils and an HB 0.5mm drafting pencil. I am also using a blending stump to get the subtle tone shifts along with a sharp white eraser and kneaded eraser for screw-ups and highlights. We’ll see how this turns out since this is the first full face portrait of a dog or otherwise that I have attempted.

dog sketch in graphite

Zoe the dog completed drawing

Above is the complete drawing. I invested about 7.5 hours in this portrait and the finished size is about 6×6 inches. As promised, the picture of Zoe just after the park rescue is below. Time for bed. Too many late nights this week! Have a great Thanksgiving!

rescued dog schnoodle

Zoe just after rescue

Category: Fine Art and Painting

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  1. Liz Holm says:

    What a wonderful portrait! And how good of you to take Zoe in. Can you imagine leaving such a sweet dog tied to a tree! Thank goodness you found her. What a cutie pie.
    Hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving!
    best,
    Liz

  2. Ann Rogers says:

    Great story along with a beautiful portrait. Thanks for sharing the progression of your work.

  3. Lee says:

    Hi Ann and Liz. Thanks a bunch for the feedback. I had a lot of fun with this and what I like the best is that everyone can see instantly that it is Zoe. The likeness is what I was really going after. I sincerely appreciate you stopping by and I hope you ladies have a great rest of the weekend!