How to draw pet portraits part 2

Jaysen Batchelor
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In this lecture we will be finishing up our still life drawing of my dog nova. Now that we have the outline for the drawing done we cans start adding in our values. I will first start by adding in my dark values and then coming back and adding in the lighter values and details.

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English [Auto] All right. Welcome back to part two of drawing this portrait of my dog Novak. So what we want to do now is we want to start adding in highlights and shadows and all of our values and details. So let's go ahead and get started. I'm going to start by adding in or blocking in some of my darker values. And then we'll move on from there. So for example certain hair on the nose which you might notice the nose looks a little bit different between this lecture and the last one I went ahead and I curved this line down a little bit. You should come up out here but I curved it down just because looking at the photograph I realized that it was curving down like that. So I got to go ahead and I'm just gonna start shading in the front of her nose. So as we can see in the photograph it's just basically all one dark value on here in the front part of her nose. So I'll go ahead and shade that in like so. All right great. Then as you can see we have some darker area right up here on her nose. So want to go ahead and get that in as well it's kind of in a triangle shape a little bit. Now what I want to do is I want to let that fade out. So on this side of the nose it stays pretty dark but it's a little bit lighter than the darker value we have here so we go ahead and let that fade out into a little bit of a lighter value something like that maybe add a little bit of shadow to that side then over here on this side it gets a lot brighter right there on that highlight on the tip of her nose. I'm going to go ahead and let that fade out to a lighter color or lighter value like that then we'll notice that there's all these spots and darker fur on the tip of her snout. So I want to go ahead and add that in now you can see that she has some whiskers here. I'm hardly going to leave those out but I will make sure that I'm shading sort of in the direction of those whiskers in the direction of the fur so just looking at what I'm seeing is going to add in something that looks like it. So we get kind of this dark area that comes down right here and it's a little bit even darker right here on this area. It's kind of a dark rectangle coming straight down right there. So I'm gonna go ahead and shade this part in nice and dark when we get this dark spot in area right up in here so I'm just gonna go ahead and kind of lightly draw the shape of those real quick just so I have a guide for where I want them to be and then I can go ahead and fill those spots and all right. Perfect. Now at this point we can go ahead and erase this box that we've drawn here for reference and if you've drawn any other reference marks if you're drawing your own pet you can go into races at this time too such as the eye line. All right let's go ahead and continue. Then we get another spot right down in here. Go ahead and come down to write about their was kind of in the shape of a square something like that. All right. So you should be getting the idea. I'm going to go ahead and finish adding in all of my darker values and then we'll come back and we'll work on the lighter values and some more of the detail and textures. All right great. So now we have most of our dark values blocked in. So next what I want to do is I'm going to take a lighter colored pencils. I'm going to take a h. Any pencil on the H side of the pencil spectrum will work fine. And if you don't have a drawing pencil set that's fine. You don't have to actually switch over to a different pencil. Just don't push as hard when you're doing these lighter values. Go ahead and start adding in some of this lighter shading I see. So for example read about in this area we have some lighter values in the FIR so just start adding those in in the direction that the first growing and it starts out a little bit more dark right over here and then it gets lighter the further away it gets red. Be sure to lay a piece of paper down white working to make sure that you don't smudge your work. We also want to do things like soften up these edges of the darker fur. So for example when I go ahead and just start doing some hairs coming out like this that'll help kind of blend those together a little bit. So on a nice hard edge between the two colors but we want that just the slightest bit of softness in their All right great. So now that we have all that done I'm going to go ahead and grab a dark pencil somewhere grab a Six B pencil and I'm going to use this ad in some really dark detail. So I want to add in some dark details on the ice so it becomes more contrasting than any other area will become our focal point. I'm also going to go ahead and darken in some of these shadows a little bit. So I'm going to start with the eye now looking at this I realize over time that this reflection actually needs to be moved up just a little bit above the pupil. So I'm thinking needs to be more like right up here something like that. Keep the pupil right there fill back in or the reflection used to be. Let's go ahead and start filling this in so we get a really nice dark ring around the outside of the colored part of the eye and we also want to make this pupil nice and dark as you can see this. The pupil isn't necessarily circle. It's more of an oval and that's because she's looking up we're kind of seeing the pupil from a side angle. So it's just like a circle if you have a circle like this and you turn it to the side it starts to become more of an oval. So that's why the pupil looks more like an oval right there. Then let's go ahead and let's add in a dark shadow up here at the top part making sure we're not going over our reflection we get kind of a light little reflection thing right there sort of a little line will go ahead and something like that in like that we can go ahead and shoot this in so we get sort of a dark value up here that turns into a nice smooth gradient into a lighter value down here like that perfect. Then using my dark pencil I can go ahead and kind of redefine some of this detail in here such as the wrinkles of the eyelids and stuff like that. I'm going to go ahead and bring some of this a darker value out here together a little bit more by adding some of this darker graphite on top of it. All right great. Now lastly what I want to do is there's a little bit of a shadow down on this floor surface. I want to go ahead and add that in. So I want to start over here with the shoe so the shoe kind of has a little bit of some darkness in the bottom of the soul. And then it has kind of a shadow coming down like this a cash shadow so I'm gonna go ahead and add that in. Now it's kind of out of focus so we can kind of leave that cash shadow pretty blurry then to go ahead and add in a shadow for Nova's face. So as you can see we get kind of a cash flow coming off over there and we actually kind of get cash that is going off in different directions in this photograph just because there's at least two different light sources I know from this photograph when it was taken there were two windows in the room on it on different sides of the room. And so you're not you're gonna have actually different light sources which cause different shadows to come from different angles. I'm gonna go ahead and add the shadow right under here that you see in the drawing or the photograph right here where her jowl is lain on the ground not really see much shadow but as we get over here by the year you see a lot more I to bring this year down just a little bit more that we get some shadow right in here. And then we get some shadow under here where her body is laying on the ground. Like that. So now we have some good shadow in there. To bring the shadow out a little bit more to the soul that looks a little bit more natural. All right great. So now we've finished our drawing. Thanks for watching this lecture and I'll see you in the next one.