Dougie - Pet Portrait by © Linda Callaghan

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Meet Dougie..a cute Jack Rusell dog! This is my first commissioned pet portrait. I was given a photo where his eyes had reacted to the flash but knowing they were dark did some guess work. Seeing as Dougie has mostly white fur, and wanting contrast, I used special black pastel paper that my bubble friend Karen Hull had so kindly sent to me…so I was happy I succeeded first try! I really hope I have done Dougie proud…he is such a handsome little dog, getting on in years now, and loved dearly by his owners.
Below are just a few stages of my drawing process.
Photo of Dougie

I sketched a quick outline with white pastel, and began at the top so as not to smudge the pastel, and slowly worked my way down

I continued using long strokes and adding fur for depth, shape and form. Before the final artwork I thickened the legs you see here that needed more work…and added a few final touch ups.

I am small but my loyalty is strong,
When you go for a walk you take me along.
I am close by your side at all times,
I am your best friend, as I know you are mine.
I watch over you, you are never alone,
I am lucky to have you for my very own.

Linda Callaghan

Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils on Black Pastel Pad Paper


Welcome! I paint and sell a diverse range of artworks direct from my Studio Gallery in the Blue Mountains of Australia. My portfolio consists of inspirational watercolours, realism and abstract. Website or connect with me at my Facebook Page LindArt
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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    You did a great job on this! I’m sure the owner will love it!

  • thank you so very much Dianne…it is a surprise birthday gift for a friend’s daughter.! appreciate your support always x

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful Linda!! ;-)

  • thank you so much Elizabeth ..glad you like it ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Karen  Hull
    Karen Hullover 3 years ago

    You most definitely have done Dougy proud Linda – you’d better watch out – you will be inundated with requests for commissioned portraits now. I think you did a wonderful job of ‘guessing’ how is eyes might look and I’ve also found that this is something that needs to be done quite a bit with the commissioned portraits – luckily dog’s eyes don’t vary too much. Fantastic job and so happy you like the paper!!! :)

  • thank you so very much Karen! I was relieved I did your paper justice :) ……lol..not sure about the commissions but that would be lovely! a friend did suggest she would like one :) …I am so happy you like my version of little Dougie…appreciate your time and comment ! :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful portrait wahini…funny..I was recently requested to paint two dogs as a surprise birthday present too…..I hope mine comes out half as good as this…

  • I am sure yours will be brilliant KJ! I will look forward to seeing them! I have not tried painting a pet portrait as yet…only pastel….food for thought! ..thanks so much for your comment ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 3 years ago

    Excellent Linda, ooh just perfectly painted ,,,make sure you charge! I got trapped .. long story!!! I once did a Great Dane ,Harlequin , next doors, and kept calling him over to the fence Lol he had ,as they do, red bloodshot eyes, hard decision will I or won’t I do as he is..[or was] long time ago.

    ps I did poodles on fleecy jumpers for kids, up to 25 a week for 17 or more years . another long story ! Needles to say ,had enough painting doggies!!

  • Thank you so much Ginny! it is a paid commission piece no worries there. The red blood shot eyes would have been a challenge! What a long time doing poodles! I can imagine you would have been tired with the same subject…! ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Baina Masquelier
    Baina Masquelierover 3 years ago

    OMG this is sooooo beautiful! Love the look in his eyes! Linda, I know this might sound stupid, but this portrait is so beautiful it got me teary. What a wow! And thank you for the description, it’s a big help for those of us who don’t draw to be able to watch the process. Well done :-)

  • THANK YOU Baina for that lovely comment…he is such a cutie don’t you think. The eyes are very important so I was happy they turned out well..makes us animal lovers melt inside! Glad you enjoyed viewing description. ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosover 3 years ago

    gorgeous little guy… have drawn him beautifully Linda….you have a wonderful talent… :)

  • thank you so kindly Pam…lovely thing to say I enjoyed drawing Dougie very muchl! ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Linda , you are really good at pet portraits x a fave.x

  • thank you so much Irene..I have drawn our dog Rocky but first time for a commission always a worry that you will not please the client but I think she will be happy with it..I hand it over on Thursday..with my little poem on the back to go with it xxx

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoover 3 years ago

    Linda this is adorable, great job, love his eyes :)

  • thank you so very much Esperanza.. appreciated ☺

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 3 years ago

    I love the job you did. he looks great . beautiful image

  • thank you so much Nancy and for the feature …wonderful news!

    – © Linda Callaghan

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