Boxer Dog 'Buster' in Coloured Pencils

Portrait Information

Buster's portrait was commissioned as a Christmas present in 2017 by his owner's daughter. She wanted to gift her father a keepsake drawing of his pet boxer dog. Buster is beautiful and I thought his pose was very interesting, looking over his shoulder. The coloured pencils worked well to emphasize his tan patches. I decided to include the background in monochrome to soften the portrait. The client wanted me to brighten Buster's eyes as he looked a little sad in the photo. The drawing is 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inches) in size drawn with Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. You can find more information on the commission on my blog here.

The reference photo and the finished portrait

The reference photo

The finished drawing in a mount

Close up of the mount

Client Feedback

"Hi Ivana, Oh my god it’s absolutely fantastic, it’s so realistic, given that you have never met Buster I can’t believe how true to character it is. I’m honestly so happy with it, I can’t thank you enough, it’s perfect….Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication, you truly have a remarkable talent….."
Aimee, Ireland

The drawing in progress and the finished portrait

Adding detail

The finished drawing with pencils

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