Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rottweiler - Work In Progress - 1

Hi All

As I mentioned in the last post, I had to stop working on the Raccoon to do this commission of this Rottweiler named Abby.

Abby is owned by a friend of mine named Judy. She also owns Dutch, Dutch was bred with my female, Harlow and I kept one of the pups. I also did a commission of Dutch, if you're interested in seeing it you can find the post listed under Rottweiler.

The first picture is the reference drawing I'm working from. It was taken by Jack Fields who has given me permission to use his photo.

When creating a piece like this I start by drawing my contour drawing on sketch paper and then transferring it to the mat board. I do not do a detailed drawing, I just simply do a contour drawing. To get the proportion correct I use the grid system to draw the contour drawing. I then use transfer paper to trace the contour drawing onto the mat board. This piece is done with Prismacolor pencils on suede mat board. The nice thing about the mat board is you can leave the mat board as your background. It looks really nice for portraits and also helps speed up the process.

The colored pencils I'm using so far in this piece are 10-90% warm and cool gray, slate grey, deco blue, goldenrod, mineral orange, terra cotta, cloud blue, light peach, sunburst yellow, dark umber, indigo blue, true blue, white, black, chocolate, cream, greyed lavender, pumpkin orange, sky blue light, powder blue, blue violet lake, peach and sienna brown, these are not in any particular order of use. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to let me know.

Keep Scribbling!


  1. My favourite breed of dog (sadly much maligned because of bad owners)!!
    What a great start and I look forward to seeing progress

  2. Thanks Sue!! Yes, this is my favorite breed as well. I have two and we compete in obedience trails. My Female just took high in trail a few weeks ago, she showing in Open Obedience Class. Her son, his name is Cage, is currently being shown in conformation, will be my next obedience dog, I'm training him now for it.

    These dogs are wonderful dogs when trained and socialized correctly. I strongly believe there isn't a bad dog only bad breeders and owners. If you are going to have a powerful dog such as these you must socialize and train them or you shouldn't own them.

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