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Sketching the Ballantines - WIP by Jan Szymczuk

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Thought you’d like to see my progress on the composition I’m currently working on. I’m having lots of fun with the fur.

You can read all about my current WIP here
WIP – Lily’s Story
WIP – Gypsy’s Story
WIP – Toby’s Story


ballantines, collie, dog, pencil

I`m really a self taught artist. A Geordie lad, hailing from a small mining village called Pegswood in Northumberland, originally, from Polish parents. I now live in Stannington, Northumberland, where I’m enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

I am available for commissions, including portraiture, animals and also for one off caricatures, for hire to wedding receptions, parties, local schools, fun fairs and fetes etc.

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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 4 years ago


  • hollypaino
    hollypainoalmost 4 years ago

    Wooooooow!! Holy ….um…Moses..nice work!

  • Thanx

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • hollypaino
    hollypainoalmost 4 years ago

    How do you get the fine highlight lines?

  • Well I suppose I do them them the old fashioned way, decide where they are going to be, then draw their outlines in a hard pencil (H7) worked up strengthening their shape with different strength pencil leads (F, B, B2) and then fill in the flowing in the right direction the fur should be going. Although slow and meticulous, it seems to work for me judging by the results I’m getting, read more here:
    WIP 1 – Lily
    WIP 2 – Gypsy

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Komang
    Komangalmost 4 years ago

    very impressive

  • Tank you Tony, most appreciated.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Lynn Hughes
    Lynn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Jan, this is superb, I really like what you are doing. The dog are photo realistic but I can still see its a drawing, a work of art, skill and design, created with confidence, but that must be your previous life coming through. :))

  • Thank you Lynn, for still being able to see through the photorealism and still see my art underneath, most folk miss that at first glance, thinking it’s a photo, but I try (probably on purpose) to bring out the earthyness of a sketch back through, but your absolutely right in pointing out that it is probably my previous existence that keeps slipping through!

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopalmost 4 years ago


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