Dog Portraits in Graphite

with J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


The first three lessons in this portrait workshop will cover each of the most important points of a dog portrait.  In the fourth lesson, Elizabeth will teach you how to put it all together.  You will get to watch Elizabeth actually drawing a portrait.  Dog breeds are varied and bring unique issues to the drawing table.  But in this workshop you will gain the foundation for the skills you need to draw any dog portrait you wish. 

The length of this workshop allows for time to accomplish several portraits taking advantage of the opportunity for Elizabeth’s helpful critique and guidance.  

Much attention is given to details and shading.


                     Supplies for Dog Portraits in Graphite

 graphite drawing pencils in grades
        B, 8B, & 9B
        I use predominately Derwent Graphic pencils.  Other quality brands are Sanford, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell,     & Prismacolor Turquoise.  I would not suggest using General’s Kimberly pencils.)

Kneaded Eraser
 Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick   (very important)
        (Only this brand of stick eraser has the narrow eraser stick necessary for the detail work you will be doing.)
    General’s Factis Oval  Eraser or comparable

    Paper Blending Stump
You can get a variety of sizes from very narrow to quite large.  I usually use only sizes 1/8”,3/8”, and 7/16” size with the 7/16” being the one I use the most often.


 Sketch paper   
        The packaging must say the word sketch rather than drawing.  Drawing paper is a completely different surface than we want now.
Bristol board smooth surface
        Must say smooth surface.  

        There are many brands of papers and many grades of papers.          Strathmore,     Canson, and Bienfang are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes.   Cheap papers will not cooperate with your pencil and you will not be pleased with the results.

Pencil Sharpener

Soft Brush

You can purchase a soft drafting brush.  However, it is not necessary to spend money on this     item.  A soft fluffy paint brush or make up brush will work just fine.  Just be sure they are clean and soft.

Clear Plastic Sheet
, optional but encouraged

Small circle template, optional

Prospek,  optional        here is where you can buy this at Jerry’s Artarama


           Tuition is $97.00

This workshop is not for beginners.  Elizabeth assumes you already have basic line drawing and shading skills as she walks you through these lessons.