Medium: Pencil – Pentel Mechanical Pencils (P203, P205, P207 and P209 – Leads (2B, 3H and F)
Paper: Goldline Bristol Board 220 gsm
Size: A2 594mm x 420mm (23.4 inch x 16.5 inch)
Duration: 9 – 10 hours over three days

It’s funny how you seem to wait ages for a commission and then three come along all at once!

This is the one of three commissions I’ve undertaken.

I took my photographic references of this old respected gun dog Jade last Saturday . She really liked to sit a pose and I ended up on my belly taking shots below her head height in an effort to catch the sun on the top of her head and nose (as it was sunny, it worked a treat!)

I really enjoyed this sketch as I finally got to use some Derwent embossing tools I bought ages ago. These stylus type tools have steel ballpoint ends which allow you to emboss the strokes you want in the dogs fur in a hatching style and then magically show themselves off beautifully when you cross hatch in pencil over the same area (see my close up examples below):

I only used three pencil leads, as their were lots of ebony black in her coat, and this was enough to show the shine in her coat, as well as the myriad white hairs and speckles all over her face, which just had to be replicated in my sketch, as if you know anything about the way I sketch, you know Ik have to sketch what I see, white hairs and all!

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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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  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thank you Michael

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Janice Dunbar
    Janice Dunbarover 3 years ago

    Whoa! This is intensely well done!! Your talent is astounding, the light and shadows so perfectly drawn!!!

  • Thanks Janice, pencil is and always will be my first mistress.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaover 3 years ago

    Great drawing, Jan. Well done.

  • Cheers mate.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 3 years ago

    Well, I’ve only just found you and I am glad you are staying. You wok is fantastic. Absolutely blown away. :o)

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    That’s the quintessential look of our happy Labs, Jan! Beautiful work! And thanks for adding a link to this from the Tutorials Library, so that I could find this.

  • Thanks Jan, and you are most welcome, whenever I think I have something to write down or show n a tutorial, that’ll help others, your group is my first stop shop!

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 3 years ago

    Beautiful artwork Jan

  • Cheers Barry, it’s really great being back in the saddle LOL.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    The light is so good here. Beautiful work.
    Can’t wait to see what you add for June 4th,
    drawing day.

  • I miseds the flyer for this one, what is it?

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Peter Lawton
    Peter Lawtonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic Jan. Brilliant drawing. I have a labrador commission to do soon and you have given me great inspiration.

  • Cheers Peter, thanks for the great comments, if your doing a lab, if it is a young one then your pencils should make it come alive, now if it is an elderly one, think about these embossing tools, they are really brilliant, as you can apply texture to exact areas of the paper to make coarser fur stand out, not to mention carving beautiful whiskers, best of luck.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    International Drawing Day. Everyone is supposed to draw for that day. You can upload at redbubble or at different places all over the web. There is a group here if you put it in the
    search box. I know you will enter something nice!

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