Step 1 Whenever I do a portrait—of an animal or a person—I know I must pay extra attention to the details, because sometimes the tiniest detail can throw off an expression. I always spend extra time on the initial drawing, making sure every line is as perfect as I can make it. I use plate-finish Bristol paper to best capture this dog’s smooth, silky, long hair. As I draw, I carefully check my lines and make any necessary adjustments. I take a few minutes before starting the next step to study the masses of hair.


Step 2 I start ...

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