Jan Szymczuk

Stannington, United Kingdom

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Well I’ve finally finished the Collie sketch, and it has taken me a total of 7 hours and 10 minutes (I think my fastest yet for this size of paper).

This is my first sketch I ever undertook of a collie.

The thing I found from the outset in sketching this collie, was that after sketching the head, a process which is fairly routine for me, when it came down to the body fur, it really resembled crashing waves breaking onto rocks, not the usual fine layered wavy type fur you expect. This type of fur appeared ruffled and dishevelled, normally I love sketching fur, always going in the direction of the fur on the animal, but this was to challenge me no end. Even a rough sea can be tamed, which is how I approached this challenge, eventually I was able to sketch all those crashing waves of texture and carry on until every tuft of fur was accounted for.

This sketch has travelled across the world and has ended up as a company logo for a dog biscuit firm in Canada, has appeared in a national Collie trials also in Canada. Not bad for a humble wee collie, with a few ruffles!

This was sketched on thick 180gsm lightly textured artist paper, size A2 (420 × 594). I used four Pentel mechanical pencils (sizes 9mm -2B, 7mm-2B, 5mm-4H and 3mm-2H leads).

Imagine this painting hanging up in your home

Tutorial – Sketching the Collie – Part 1

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