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Drawing Like a Pro: Techniques on How to Capture Any Dog Portrait

teacher avatar Victoria Veluz, Multi-Passionate Creator, Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Introduction (From Another Galaxy)

      1:39
    • 2. Tools & Materials (and Mindset)

      2:53
    • 3. Project Files - Share Your Progress!

      1:32
    • 4. Drawing Floppy Ears

      6:30
    • 5. Windows to the Soul (Eyes)

      5:26
    • 6. Forehead and Cheeks

      3:19
    • 7. Rendering the Nose ( BOOP )

      5:31
    • 8. Whiskers and Tongue (Deep Breath)

      6:18
    • 9. Chin and Chest

      4:38
    • 10. Finishing the Eyes

      3:40
    • 11. Finishing the Ears

      3:16
    • 12. Wrinkles and Whiskers (Almost There!)

      5:49
    • 13. Wrap UP! Mouth, Cheeks, Collar, and Body

      6:22
    • 14. Final Thoughts...For Now

      1:32
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Knowing how to draw light and shadow is key to capturing dynamic works of art. In this class, I step you through my process of how to draw like a PRO using 3 graphite pencils. You will learn how to build up values and draw form, specifically using a Boxer Dog ( Sophie Grace ) as your Model and Muse. I break down my process along the way into bite-sized lessons so you can follow along. After taking this class, you will know my techniques on how to draw a realistic dog portrait. 

You can be the artist you want to be! You just have to do the work, practice, and keep growing. Results will follow. Start drawing, even if you think you're not ready. I believe in your abilities so hope to see you in my class! Ok, now let’s go Draw!

Much Love and Blessings,

-Victoria

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Lesson Key Points and Drawing Actions:

Lesson: Drawing Floppy Ears

  • With practice, perseverance, and patience, you will get the hang of it.
  • No worries if you can’t get it exactly right. Nothing is perfect.
  • You want to create that illusion that fur is on top of each other.
  1. Map out all the darks first
  2. Vary your fur strokes so it’s more natural-looking
  3. Preserve the highlights
  4. Use a kneaded eraser to lift up your highlights

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

Lesson: Windows to the Soul ( Eyes )

  • The most important part of drawing eyes, maintaining the white highlights.
  • Always look back at your reference photo for guidance.
  • In order to create realistic drawings, it’s a balance of Light and Shadow.
  • When your hand is feeling fatigued, pretty please take a break!
  1. Add a little bit of light shadow in the whites of the eyes
  2. Spread out your linework to reveal more white of the paper to get fur highlights
  3. Leave room for highlights to create 3-dimensional form
  4. Use less pressure to render light fur strokes

JUST DO YOUR BEST! 

Lesson: Forehead and Cheeks

  • Your goal is to make these Boxer wrinkles look more natural.
  • Look for the direction of the fur and make it flow around the form.
  • Make sure you leave a very distinct white highlight for whiskers.
  1. Draw fur one line at a time
  2. Render the darkest tones of the Boxer wrinkles first
  3. Erase your original guidelines when you don’t need them anymore

YOU GOT THIS! 

Lesson: Rendering the Nose

  • It doesn’t need to look exactly like the photo, as long as you create the textures of the nose.
  • Make sure you take breaks! Treat yourself to some coffee! Drink water! 
  • Preserve the tiny highlights next to the darkest shadows.
  • We are all still learning, this is a process of practice, patience, and perseverance!
  1. Create a base texture with circular markings, make them unpredictable
  2. Go around your drawing and add another layer of tones
  3. Draw circular shapes for the final layer, varying size, shape, & texture

JUST HAVE FUN AND DON’T PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOURSELF

Lesson: Whiskers Tongue

  • While working on white fur, spread out your fur markings.
  • The Key to Mastery is Repetition.
  • Create a blended transition from dark to light.  
  1. Make sure you taper the width of the whiskers 
  2. Hold your pencil sideways so you don’t put too much pressure on your paper
  3. Please share your work in the Projects tab! 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A MISTAKE. JUST KEEP DRAWING!

Lesson: Chin and Chest

  • Have fun, play, and explore different ways to draw textures and patterns!
  • Give yourself permission to have fun, enjoy the journey, and trust the process.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, work on a different area, but don’t skip the Whiskers!
  1. On the Chin, create random markings, patterns, textures
  2. Preserve the highlights to make the form POP OUT of the page!
  3. Outline one side of the whisker first, then the other 

KEEP GOING! YOU ARE HALFWAY DONE!

Lesson: Finishing The Eyes

  • Go around the eye and add another layer of darks to pop out the reflections.
  • After your first layer is down, add more tones to define more of the shadows and textures around the eyes.
  1. Preserve the highlights in the eye
  2. Shade in the starburst effects on the reflection of the eye
  3. Color in around the tear ducks and keep the white highlights

WINDOWS TO THE SOUL ARE COMPLETE! YOU ROCK!

Lesson: Finishing The Ears

  • Blocking out the shadows first will guarantee that you have the form rendered with light and shadow.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t capture all the fur details, as long as you capture the lights and darks.
  • Rest your hands after every hour that you draw and drink plenty of water!  
  1. Make sure you leave some white highlights at the edge of the ear
  2. Create random fur strokes, short, long, tapered, spread them out as you get closer to the highlighted areas
  3. Adding extra layers of darks will make your drawing pop out of the page   

PLEASE SHARE YOUR WORK! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THEM!

Lesson 9: Wrinkles and Whiskers

  • Please remember to diversify your fur markings and strokes. You want to make your drawing look very natural.
  • As the artist, you can add as many whiskers as you like. Don’t add too much for it will get too complicated.
  • 3 Steps: Add darks, then mid-tones, and preserve the lights.
  1. Make sure you switch up your pencils depending on the value and tone you are capturing
  2. Place tracing paper under your hand so you don’t smudge your drawing  
  3. Blend out the highlighted areas into the mid-tones on the forehead
  4. Spread out your fur markings to show more of the white of the paper to create lighter tones.

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING FUN! 

Lesson: Mouth, Cheeks, Collar, and Finishing the Body

  • Remember to take your time. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!
  • You have artistic license to draw in as many details as you want. Your choice!
  • When drawing metallic objects, they have very distinct darks and distinct highlights.
  • Always remember to follow the form and the direction of the fur.
  1. You can make up your own designs on the collar
  2. Add fur textures to smooth out the surface, and as you see fit!
  3. Get your kneaded eraser and dab some highlights out
  4. Don’t forget to sign and date your work! Yay!

YOU MADE IT! CONGRATULATIONS! WOOP WOOP!

Lesson: Final Thoughts

  • YOU MADE IT! THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CLASS!
  • I'm forever grateful! Can't wait to see your drawings!
  1. Please don’t forget to post your work in the projects tab! Works in Progress too!
  2. Please leave me a review so I can bring more value and serve you better
  3. Don’t forget to follow me on Skillshare to get notified of my future classes.
  4. And keep practicing!

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE! HAPPY DRAWING...

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Victoria Veluz

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Why hello there!

I'm so happy to be here finally! My name is Victoria Veluz and I'm located in NJ. I have been a full-time Portrait Artist for the past 5 years. My main clients are Pet owners all over the world and I mostly draw Wigglebutt Boxers. My "Why" is my family. I do what I do best and work hard for them.

Please check out my New and Improved Website: VictoriaVeluz.com 

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You can see my whole portfolio of work on my Instagram.

 

 

Prior to that, I was a Graphic Designer, Animator, 3D artist, Illustrator, and Game Designer for consulting companies for over 17 years. Yes, I have a diverse background (sometimes I feel like I have ADHD with... See full profile

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1. Introduction (From Another Galaxy): Why hello, random question. Have you ever wondered if he could learn how to draw, specifically realistic portraits? Well, some people think that you have to be born with this talent. Bad news, I'm here to tell you. You can learn how to capture this. I'll show you. This is the way. I have spoken. My name is Victoria Veluz and I'm a multi-passionate creative, (and I love dimsum) I have to have worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, 3D modeler, motion graphics. But today I will be teaching you my first love, drawing, and my model and muse will be Sophie Grace. You will learn all of my techniques in rendering realistic features of this beautiful boxer. I've been a full-time artist ever since I was a baby. And I have drawn over 350 dogs in black and white, colored pencil, digitally using my procreate. Now it's time that I pay it forward and show you how you can capture what you see. I step you through my whole process. So this course is for everyone. Don't be scared to challenge yourself. If you want to learn how to draw, take this course. If you are curious about your abilities, come out of the artistic closet. The world needs more creators like you. Let's learn and grow together. Let's dive right in. See you soon. 2. Tools & Materials (and Mindset): For this drawing, I wanted to make it as simple as possible. I'm only going to use three types of pencils, and they are "H" grade. This is the lightest pencil I suggest you have for the highlights. Next, an "HB". This is used to render more of the mid-tones. And lastly, my favorite, Ebony pencil. This is what I use for the darkest tones. You can also use a "7B", and up, or a double "EE" for darks. If you don't have these exactly. That's okay. Work with what you have. I won't judge you. As far as erasers. I love using kneaded erasers because they're so squishy and you can make sculptures out of them. And most of the time they don't leave any residue. And of course, you must have a sharpener. Also very important, please, please, if you can get some tracing paper or printing paper to place over your drawing so you don't smudge your beautiful artwork. For paper, I'm using Strathmore Mixed Media paper. Don't worry. If you have something else, you can use printing paper or your lined notebook paper. It's all good. Now if you don't have paper, I guess you could draw in your mind, speaking of which the other "tools" you will need is your mental state of wonder, curiosity, and patience. I need you to get out of your head while watching this course or while you're drawing. Don't let your mind say, Oh dang, I can't do that. I can't do this. This is too hard. Well, let me tell you. This style of drawing is difficult. You might not get it on the first try, the second, or the third. But as long as you improve just 1%, I'll be happy and you will too, Drawing has been my gig since forever. And at first, I didn't think I could make a living rendering Furbabies. Even my first drawings were just Eh so, so, but I kept at it. Every portrait I finished, I saw a tadpole of improvement and that my friends was enough. You are enough. Just forget all that you think you know about drawing. Ignore your limiting beliefs that you can't do it. As one of my favorite authors said in her "Big Magic" book. Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote, don't let fear lead the way, or change the radio station. And certainly don't let them drive on your road trip to your art. This will be your mantra while you work on your portrait, All I ask is you believe in yourself. See you in the next lesson. 3. Project Files - Share Your Progress!: Hello, welcome back, Ooooh, I'm digging this music. My wife made it. But I digress. I'm so happy you're here. Because I love you, I've provided the initial guidelines for Sophie's drawing. First take the PDF or file in the project section and print it out. Next, take your printout and trace it onto your paper using a light box, my preferred method, or using natural light from a window or a balcony. Just make sure your windows are clean. Unlike mine. Next step, tape up your paper onto your lightbox or the window, and start tracing using a very light pencil. Don't press too hard because you will be erasing these lines later on. While you watch me trace, I want to mention one important thing. I would absolutely love it if you would share your drawings in the project section. They can be works in progress, finished pieces, or not finished. Even if it's just one part of the dog's face, it would be absolutely wonderful to see. Remember, it's better to ship and show your work. Then not show your work because you want it to be perfect. Nothing is perfect. So don't be shy. I'm here to help. Let's go and let's get it. 4. Drawing Floppy Ears: All right! Let's get started. First, grab your darkest pencil. It could be a 6B, 7B. For me, I'm going to use my handy dandy Ebony pencil to capture all of the darks. As I look at my reference photo, I see that the inner part of the ear is mostly all black. So let's capture that. Make it as dark as you can. Next up, let's render the tip of the ear blocking in these dark shapes. So we have a guide or a mapping system of where all of our darkest values reside. Next, we're going to render some fur details. On my reference photo, I'm drawing directional lines of where I see the fur is flowing. And this is how I determine how I draw in the lines for the fur. Next, let's add some dark tones behind the ear and add a little bit more fur details. Now grab your HB pencil or a mid-tone pencil to connect the two values together. Like so. I'm going to slow down the footage to show you how I add all of these individual fur strokes. This is in real time now. And you can see that I'm adding one line at a time. This may seem daunting at first, but with practice and perseverance and patience, you will get the hang of it. All right, so now let's start rendering the top of the ear. I'll draw in some other directional lines on the reference photo. Please, please pause the video to catch up. I definitely don't draw this fast in real life. And take your time. Don't rush it. It's a marathon, not a sprint. When you're adding fur details, try to vary the width, the height, the thickness, so it's more natural looking. Also, do your best to taper your linework, like start off heavy and then lift your pencil up as it tapers off when you create these fur strokes. Now let's work on these flyaway hairs inside the ear or the side of the face. Again, very important to taper your fur strokes and always look for the direction of the fur. And that's how you should draw it. Capture what you see. Next step, grab your H pencil or a lighter tone pencil. And let's start filling in all of the highlights. Make sure you have a light hand, very slight pressure, and just connect the dots from one value to the other. Now let's fill in the shadow underneath the ear flap. Next, let's add more fur details on the exposed part of the ear. I'll draw some guidelines for you. No worries if you can't get it exactly right, nothing is perfect. This is your interpretation. That's what's lovely about being an artist. You can take some artistic license. So now I'm gonna take my kneaded eraser and erase some of my original drawing guidelines because we don't need them anymore. Okay, that looks pretty good. Let's get back to it. So now let's define that wrinkle in the ear flap right there. Erase some guidelines and let's fill in this major highlighted portion of the ear with our H grade pencil or a light tone pencil. Always keep looking at your reference photo and follow the form. So now I'm going to go around the ear and finish off some more detailing here and there, and defining the contours and maybe some more transitional elements from one value to another. And also defining this edge right here with individual fur strokes is very important. You want to create that illusion that fur is on top of each other. And so they're going to create individual highlights. All right, we are at the homestretch of the ear. Now I'm using my ebony pencil once again and adding another layer of darks wherever I see fit. Always comparing my photo to my drawing. So now I'm going to work on the tip of the ear and create some fur stray-aways. This is the part where you can add a lot more details, and it's really gonna make you stand out from the rest. When you go this extra mile, to render more form, more fur textures. That's when people will come and say, "Hey, can you draw my dog?" And that's how you make a living from your art. Next, I'm going to take my kneaded eraser and dab the paper to lift up some of these highlights or reveal more of these highlights. I made it too dark originally, but you can fix that. Now let's take our HB pencil and let's add more values. While comparing my reference photo, I see there's certain areas where it can go a bit darker and it'll create a better sense of the lighting, a better sense of the form when we add these extra layers of darks. And there you have it. This is what you should have so far. Please pause the video to catch up, and I'll see you in the next one. 5. Windows to the Soul (Eyes): Oh YEAHHHH! Welcome back everyone. I am psyched that you are here because this is my favorite part, drawing windows to the soul. Again, let's start with our darkest pencil. Fill in all the darkest areas of the eye, and that's usually at the upper eyelid. Next step, let's block in the corner of the eyes. Now very carefully with a very sharp pencil block in the contour of the iris. And then the lower eyelid. Then add a little bit more shading in the upper eyelid. Next, let's add some dimension in the eyes. I'm going to go around in a circular movement to add the darkest shadows. Now grab your HB pencil and let's add some mid-tones. Now let's block in the highlights. This is probably one of the most important parts of drawing eyes. Maintaining those white highlights. Eyes are like glasses. They reflect light. So there's always a point in the eye where it has a very prominent highlight. And also do your best to render the shadows branching off of the white highlight. I've outlined them in blue. Then add a little bit of shadow in the whites of the eyes. Next, let's render some shadows underneath the lower lid. Don't forget to maintain some highlights where you see them. All right, Grab your ebony or 6B, 7B, and up and start mapping out the darkest areas around the eyes. Always look back at your reference photo for guidance. And definitely make sure you're following the form around the eyes and also the direction of the fur. Now it's time to connect the dark areas with the highlights. So spread out your linework so you see more white of the paper and that will create your highlights. In order to create realistic drawings, it's all about balancing light and shadow. When you do that, you are golden. So I'm going around capturing the darkest areas of the fur. Always looking back at my reference photo. Okay, Grab your HB pencil, and let's create some mid-tones. Now, this part of the eye is a little tricky, fur goes all over the place. But just do your best. That's all I ask. You can do it! Now these transitional values from dark to light, It's important that they are pretty smooth from one to the other. Next, let's fill in the mid-tones around the top of the eye and make sure you leave room for highlights. This is how you create this three-dimensional form. Don't forget to have a light hand when doing these highlighted areas. All right, Looking good, looking good. Now let's block in the contour of the side of the face. Render more of the forehead, add in more layers of fur. And let's just go around and start filling in the rest of the forehead. Now Boxer dogs are known for many, many wrinkles. So make sure you render all of these indents, folds, and wrinkles. If you're following along, I think it's about time for you to take a break. So pause the video. If your hand is getting sore or you're feeling fatigued, and take a break. It's okay. Welcome back. Now, let's add more fur textures on the forehead. I'm going to start off by rendering the darkest wrinkles that I see. Then fill in the rest of the forehead one line at a time. Again, don't rush the process. Enjoy the journey. Let's zoom in a bit. So you can appreciate all of the textures and linework and patterns that you'll be able to do soon. Just put on nice piece of music that's meditative, serene, calming, or heavy metal, RNB, Soul, whatever, whatever you fancy, and enjoy the process. All right, we're almost done with this section. I wanna block in more areas of fur that contours the white patches that boxes usually have. Ok, I'm adding a lot more layers. Then I'm going to define more of the Boxer wrinkles on the forehead. And there you have it. This is what you should have so far. Thank you so much for watching and I'll see you soon. 6. Forehead and Cheeks: Welcome back everyone. Are your pencils sharpened? Because we're going to work some rendering magic. Using your HB pencil and using the guidelines that I've provided, start rendering all of the dark wrinkles on the forehead of this beautiful Boxer, Sophie. Next, use your H grade or a light-toned pencil and start filling fur details one line at a time. Like so. Now, this area of the forehead, it's a little bit lighter. So I want you to spread out your line strokes and your markings. Then finish off the top of the forehead, add a couple of details here and there. Now, grab an eraser. I'm using a Mono Zero Tombow eraser. I want to erase some of the original guidelines that I set down. I'm erasing it because it looks too harsh and it also looks too straight. Your goal is to make these wrinkles look more natural. Now using a tissue, gently rub off some of the eraser residue. Please don't press down too hard for you don't want to smudge your beautiful line work. And then go back using your HB pencil and redraw some more darker tones for those wrinkles. Okay, let's finish the contour and the rendering on the side of the face. Look for the direction of the fur and make it flow around the form to give that illusion of 3D dimension. Next up, let's work on some more wrinkles. Grab your darkest pencil, and start rendering out the darkest values on this form. Now let's work on these wrinkles near a set of two whiskers that we're going to render out. Usually, I take a deep breath before attacking these whiskers, Take your sharpest pencil and outline one side of the whisker, Then fill in and render the rest of the fur around the whiskers. Finally, very carefully draw in the other side, making sure you leave a very distinct white highlight. All right! You made it through our first set of whiskers. Now it's time to fill in the rest of the face. Now is a good time to look at your reference photo and compare and contrast all the tonal values. I'm going to make this edge of this whisker more distinct. Then I'm going to add some side whiskers. Finally, I'm going to add more fur textures to this edge. It looks too straight for me, adding more darker layers to certain areas. And VoilĂ , There you go. Thanks for watching, and I will see you in the next video. 7. Rendering the Nose ( BOOP ): Why Hello. So good to see you again. Welcome back. Grab your darkest pencil, and let's block in the darks. For the nose, it's usually inside the nostrils. So render those in. Then it's usually the center of the nose with these branch-like arms. Next, let's render out some contouring around the nose, determine those edges. Now let's render in the bottom of the nose where it's darkest. Again, we're just mapping out the darkest values. Next step, let's start drawing in some of these wrinkles, these crevices, patterns that emanate from the darkest values. Now it doesn't have to look exactly like your photo as long as you are creating some of these textures that are prominent in dog noses. Again, it's your choice on how much detail you want to put in your drawing. Just have fun and don't put too much pressure on yourself, especially if this is your first time drawing a realistic dog, Go around the nose, and fill in some of the more smoother parts with a mid-tone and blend it in with darker values. Then start creating some contours on top of the nose, just defining that shape. Now let's start getting nitty gritty. Let's zoom in. What I usually do first is I create a base texture. Let's go real time. As you can see, I'm having fun creating these random circular patterns. That's a little bit unpredictable, kinda crazy. But it's starting to give that very tactile texture on the nose. So just go around rendering those in. Once you're done, take a break, treat yourself, get some coffee, take a nap, but definitely drink water. So in this next step, please make sure your pencil is sharpened. Looking at your reference photo, there are these tiny, tiny white highlights that's right against the darkest shadows. Make sure you preserve those. I beg of you not to skip this step because that will make the nose really pop out in the end. Next, let's add another layer of dark tones. Pause this video, step back, reflect and congratulate yourself. You have made it this far. Next, let's start adding a little bit more shadows underneath the nose and on the edge of the bottom, it starts to get a little bit more furry, and textured so add some tone on the side of the nostril. Then take your H grade pencil and add some shading inside the nostril and go around and render more tone. Hearing and there... ...always comparing your reference photo to your drawing. All right, next step, we're going to slow down the footage and I'm going to show you how I create the final textures of the nose. So I'm drawing in circular shapes that are about the same size to create those bumpy patterns on the surface. Depending on where you are on the nose, some of these patterns may change in size, shape, and texture. So just do your best to capture what you see. Again, don't worry if it doesn't look exactly right. Don't be too hard on yourself. We're all still learning. And this is a process of practice. A lot of hard work, a lot more practice, patience, and perseverance. You can do this. All in time. Please remember to leave some of those highlights while also adding very dark markings for the crevasses and shadows. Sometimes I can get a little crazy and just randomize my strokes. And that ends up looking really good. In this section of the nostril, there is a curvature to the form. So when you're creating these markings, make sure it follows the curve that rounds the nostril. Alright, We're in the homestretch of this video. So now I am just going around the nose with my H grade pencil and I'm adding more form and textures, erasing some mistakes here and there, and then adding more fur detail. This is a good time to step back and look at your reference photo and compare your values, your tones, shapes, textures, and draw as you see fit. And VoilĂ ! This is what you should have thus far. Congratulations. This is probably one of the hardest parts of drawing a dog and you made it! Please post your works in progress in the project section. I would love to see where you're at. See you in the next video. 8. Whiskers and Tongue (Deep Breath): Hello, hello, Welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to be focusing on whiskers and rendering the tongue. But first, please erase some of the original guidelines that I've laid out for you. So we can capture more fur details. While working on the white fur make sure you spread out your markings. And then sometimes I jump around. If I see something that needs to be darker, I add more value, but I digress. Let's get back on track. I'm going to pinpoint the darkest areas where there are shadows of fur and draw them in. Sometimes I see that I need my darker pencil to add more value and contrast. So I switch it up, always balancing my darks and lights. Once you've blocked those in, erase more guidelines so you don't see them anymore. You don't need them anymore. And let's add more value. And fur details. Drawing realistic Pet Portraits can be very repetitious and redundant. And a lot of it is doing the same thing over and over again. The key to mastery is repetition. That's how you'll get really good at drawing anything. Following my guidelines, I'm creating another set of fur details along the cheek here. All right, take a deep breath. We're going to focus on capturing these white whiskers. Make sure your darkest pencil is sharpened and start filling in the first outlines of where these white whiskers reside. And definitely take your time with this. If you like, Start off with your mid-tone pencil to just outline the white parts and fill in around the areas that you see the highlights. But for me, I like to just dive right in to capture these delicate features. And usually, whiskers start off thicker at the beginning and then they taper out to a very fine point. So just do your best. Nothing is perfect. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. Okay, now I'm starting to capture the dark shadows underneath the mouth and start shading in parts of the tongue as well. From your darkest shadows, start blending in some midtones. So now I'm gonna go back to my whiskers and start refining those points that taper down and adding more shadows to the side of the mouth. There are some tiny highlights in this area. So just do your best to fill those in. Next, grab your H grade pencil to add more fur details and shadows in the white fur. When creating this edge here, I like to start from the dark shadow and move my way up to create some fur white highlights. Finally, erase these guidelines. All right, Let's finish this off. I'm going to add more fur textures to this edge, create a blended transition from dark to light. Adding more values here and there more details all around. And I'll soften up some of these edges. Now let's start rendering around the contour of the tongue. I'm using my HB pencil. Next, render in this middle shadow. I'm going to start some adding values on the tongue and defining some more of these shadows. And sometimes I like to jump around like this because whenever I'm looking at my reference photo, I see something I want to draw, so I quickly capture it before I forget to capture it. Okay, grab your very light-toned pencil. For me. It's my H. And I'm going to start adding some tongue textures. You can make this as detailed or not as detailed as you like. But try, just try to create some of these very subtle indents in the tongue. As you see, I like to hold my pencil sideways, not putting too much pressure on my paper. Be aware that there are highlighted areas, especially at the edge of the tongue. Please do your best to preserve those whites. So now that I have the foundation, I'm going to start blending from one dark tone and into the lighted areas of the tongue. Just to create a smoother transition. And adding a little bit more value at the edge here. Just to pop out those highlights. All right. And there you have it. I'm just going to add some more value at the edge here. And we are done with this section. You made it! WOOP WOOP! Here is what I have so far. Again, your drawing does not need to look like my drawing. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't. I want you guys just to get the foundation down. And it takes a lot of practice to get to this point. So don't judge yourself too harshly and please share your work in the projects area. I would love to see where you're at. All right! See you in the next video. Bye! 9. Chin and Chest: Welcome again. Don't be shy. All right, Grab your HB pencil, and let's tackle the chin of Sophie. We're going to treat this area just like how we rendered the nose. Let's zoom in so you can see exactly what I'm doing. Looking at the reference photo, I see that it's very textured, has a lot of nooks and crannies. So let's just break it down. I'm creating these marks very randomly. I'm going all-around circular motions, linear work, sometimes I'm overlapping, adding more values. Sometimes I'm creating fur texture. So this is an area where you could just have fun, play a little bit, experiment with your different fur strokes and your different patterns and how you lay down some of your markings. Just don't forget to keep looking at your reference photo for guidance. Especially when you're getting to the edge here like this. There's a little bit more fur markings that go on this area. Also, don't forget to preserve some of the highlights to give it a little bit more form and to make some of these textures pop out of the page. This is when I give myself permission to have fun. So please, please enjoy the journey and trust the process. All right, I'm going to speed this up a bit and going to block in the darkest tones first. And following my guidelines, I'm going to create this contour on the edge of this dark marking and add some fur details as well. All right, next up, we're going to start rendering the body. Grab your H pencil or a light tone pencil, and start creating some of these fur strokes following the direction of the fur around the form. When you get to the edge of the body, darken it up a little bit. All right, grab your HB pencil and take a deep breath. And let's render these white whiskers. I usually try to outline one side first and then the other, and then fill in all of the gaps in between. Take your time with this, take a break. If you need to per whisker. It's a very tedious and very focused area. So go slowly. And if you're feeling overwhelmed, definitely work on other areas of the body. But don't stop or skip this area. It's very important to capture these white whiskers to give it that believable, realistic look. Okay, next up, let's finish off the rest of the body. And again, look at the structure of the form and the direction of the fur. And then just capture and render all of the fur details and strokes according to the curvature of the form. Pay attention to the dark values, especially in the middle of the chest. And then connect these values and blend them all together to create a very smooth transition from dark to light. Following my guidelines, I'm adding the darkest areas first. And then I draw in the mid-tones, transitioning from the dark to light. All right, we're almost done with this section. So I'm just going to outline this part of the collar, and bring out those values a little bit more. And there you have it! This is what I have so far. Hopefully, you're making great progress and sharing your work in the projects area. See you soon in the next video 10. Finishing the Eyes: All right, all right! We are halfway through the course. You made it, congrats, grab your darkest pencil, and let's finish the other eye. Again first up, block in the top eyelid. Then the bottom eyelid, fill in some darks inside the eye. Then very carefully render and draw in the contour of the iris. Now fill in a lot more shadows underneath the eyelid. Make sure you preserve some of the highlights in the eye. Then go around and fill in whatever detail you see fit, and add the contour of the lower corner of the eye. Next, grab your HB pencil, and let's create the contour of the other corner and start filling in the main portion of the eye, adding highlights, preserving those whites. Blending in from dark to mid-tone. Shading in some reflections. Some subtle starburst effect. Going around, adding another layer of darks just to pop out those reflections. Then I'm going to add a little bit more textured shading around the eyes. Finally, take your H pencil and start adding some tone in the whites of the eye. Don't forget to color around the highlighted areas. That's like the tear ducts. It's like the wet spots on top of the eye. All right, grab your dark pencil, and let's start blocking in the darkest tones. Then add some further details around the dark tones just to give it a little bit of some highlights. Now block in more dark shadows. I'm gonna go a little bit faster as far as explaining each step because I want you to focus on doing the work instead of just watching me draw. Next, let's add some fur textures underneath the eye. Now I'm going to go around the form and add more shadows and wrinkles. Then grab your HB pencil and let's add some mid-tones and transitions from dark to light. Again, remember to look at your reference photo and follow the direction of the fur and also leave some highlighted areas to make that structure pop out, like the edge of that lower eyelid. And after you've put your first layer down, you can go ahead and add more tones here in there defining some more of the shadows and textures around the eyes. And VoilĂ ! I'm so happy you've made it this far. And looking forward to checking out your work in the projects section. Please don't be shy and post your work and I'll see you soon. 11. Finishing the Ears: Hello, hello again, welcome back. Today we are finishing the ears. So grab your darkest pencil and let's block in the darks. Another benefit to mapping out the shadows first is it will guarantee that I have the form as far as light and shadow. I've seen a lot of drawings that's pretty good, but the only thing missing are the darks. And so the dimension, the three-dimensional aspect of the drawing isn't believable. Next up, grab your HB pencil, and let's render in all the mid-tones. When you get to the edge of the ear, make sure you leave some white for that highlight. Now just capture all the mid-tones and do your best to blend them into the darkest shadows. Creating some fur textures here in there. Create some fur strokes that are randomized. Short hair, long hair, tapered, thick here, darker here than spread them out as you get closer to the highlighted areas. And don't worry if you don't capture all of them, just make sure you capture the lights and the darks. Let's zoom in so you could see how I create these contours at the edge of the top of the ear. Following the form. Then as I create this edge and make sure it's not a complete straight line. Then let's finish off the top of this edge. Finally, grab your H pencil, and let's fill in the lighter shades. Again, If your hand starts getting fatigued, please take a break. I rest my hands every hour that I draw. And I drink plenty of water. When creating this edge create some fur textures. So now we are at the lightest part of the ear. So make sure you have a very light hand when capturing the textures on this area. Blend it in with the mid-tones, add another layer of darks wherever you see fit. These extra layers of values and darks will really, really make your drawing pop out of the page. So hopefully you take the time to do this. You will thank me later. All right. Last step, grab your kneaded eraser, and let's dab the paper to pick up some of the graphite pencil and erase some of these values to create more of a highlight. And here you go. We are more than halfway there, everybody! Stay tuned for more. See in the next video. 12. Wrinkles and Whiskers (Almost There!): Why Hello again. Let's render some wrinkles and whiskers. Grab your HB pencil and let's start blocking in some wrinkles. Next, let's outline the first whisker, then add some more fur textures, more wrinkles. Please remember to diversify your fur markings and strokes. You want to make your drawing look very natural. And as you get closer to a darker shadow, do your best to blend that fur in. And when you want to create highlighted fur spread the fur strokes a little bit apart. So now grab your H pencil and let's capture more fur patterns and textures on the cheek of beautiful Sophie. I promise you, the more you practice this technique, the more it'll get easier. And soon you'll be drawing in your sleep. Okay, let's move on up to the side of the face and start creating all of these beautiful fur textures. Let's erase some guidelines and then add a subtle wrinkle in the fur. So now I'm going to jump back to the whiskers and outline the other side. Then add more shadow in that dimpled wrinkle. Fill in the other side with fur and then outline the second whisker. Then fill it in again. And then repeat the process all over again. And as the artist, you can determine how many whiskers you want to add. I usually like to add as much as I can without it getting too complicated, because if you add too much, it can drive you crrrrrazy. So if this is your first time, take it easy. I'm not going to judge you, if you don't draw all the whiskers in. Next up, grab your darkest pencil and let's map out the darkest values underneath the mouth. Make sure you switch up your pencils depending on the value and the tone of what you're capturing. Please have fun, while taking your time. With that said, I think you should take a break. This is what you should have so far. If not, that's okay. All right. We are back. We're going to finish off the forehead. But first, I wanted to remind you to use your tracing paper and place it under your hands so you don't smudge your drawing. And if you don't have tracing paper, you could use regular printing paper as well. Take your HB pencil and let's start blocking out the wrinkles. Then grab your eraser, erase the guidelines, and then add more wrinkles. Remember this is the darkest points on the forehead. And mapping them out will save you time in the long run. Next up, let's render out the contours of the forehead. Now let's start rendering the side temple and start filling in all of the fur textures. Doing our best to blend it all together. Now let's take your H grade pencil and using a very light hand, fill in the rest of the forehead. Please, please take your time with this section. It's very important to preserve the highlighted areas and then blend out the mid-tones into the highlighted areas as best as you can. So in this part of the forehead, it's probably the lightest section or area. So I'm going to spread out my fur markings to show more of the white of the paper. So now I'm going to go all around the face and add more value to certain areas just to bring out more of the dimension of the form and adding more fur textures just to give it a more realistic feel. All right, everyone! We are almost done with this section. Just going to add a little bit more fur textures in the forehead. Erase some guidelines. Then let's get our HB pencil and finish off the side of the face. Don't forget to add some whiskers. Mapping out the darkest tones first. First and Always. I hope you're starting to see the pattern in how I render form. And it's really three steps, darks, mid-tones, and then preserving the lights. That's all you have to remember. All right. Last part, Take your H grade pencil and very lightly fill in this highlighted section of the cheek! And here you go! Sophie is coming alive. We're almost there. See you soon... 13. Wrap UP! Mouth, Cheeks, Collar, and Body: Hey, hey, hey! We are in the last section. Here we go. Let's render out Some more whiskers! I'm using my HB pencil and very carefully outlining and erasing and outlining. Again, take your time, no rush. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Or like in that other story, you're the Tortoise, Not the Hare OK. Let's fill in the edge of these mandibles. Then let's add another layer of darks just to blend out that form. Next up, let's finish off the last of the whiskers. Now we will slowly but surely draw in this area. It has a lot of different textures and surfaces. So just do your best. Good job. Now let's finish off the neck. Create the contours first, fill in the rest of the face. And very slowly and patiently render out the rest of this form. Always looking at your reference photo and following the direction of the fur. I'm sounding like a broken record, But that's okay. Repetition is Mastery. Switching over to my darkest pencil, I'm going to block in these shadowed areas underneath the chin. Then switching over to my HB, I'm going to render out the rest of this form. Now mind you, fur is going in all sorts of directions. So just do your best to capture what you see. And again, don't worry if it's not perfect. You have that artistic license to get it as detailed as possible. All right, now we're going to switch on over and start rendering the collar. Using my HB pencil, I'm going to create these very dark lines that make up the texture of the collar first. Then I'm going to fill it in with some shade. I'm going to blend in from dark to mid-tone. While also leaving some highlights here and there. Now draw in the other edge of the collar. Next step, take your darkest pencil, and let's start filling in all of these different textures. Make sure you add another layer of darks as well. And this is what we have so far. Now, you would have been drawing for a while now, so take a break, pause this video and get some water. Pretty please. Next, take your H grade pencil and let's start rendering out the metal part of this collar. Now there are white whiskers here. So it can get really tricky and meticulous at this point. So if it's getting a little bit too much for you or if you're feeling overwhelmed, you could skip this part. One thing to note, when drawing metallic objects, they have very distinct darks and very distinct highlights. Now grab your H pencil and let's finish off the rest of the chin with very subtle fur textures. All right, next up, let's finish off the rest of the collar Using my lightest pencil. I'm going to render out a very light shade first. I'm going to outline it and fill in the rest with some of the designs. Now you can make up your own. I'm just gonna do a very quick version. Next up, let's finish off the muzzle. Let's erase the original guidelines. With your lightest pencil, Create very subtle fur textures, And on the edge here, add another layer of textures just to smooth that out. Finally, add more fur textures as you see fit. All right, you have finished the face and the head. So pause the video and take another break. You deserve it. All right, welcome back. Here we go. Smooth sailing from here. I'm going to use my HB pencil to block in the darks. Next, grab your lightest pencil, and let's fill in the rest of the body. Always remember to follow the form and the direction of the fur. And always, always, forever and always look at your reference photo. Drawing in this style is probably one of the hardest ways to capture Furbabies, so if you've gotten this far, congratulate yourself, take yourself out to a nice dinner. And if you didn't quite make it, that's okay too. Treat yourself to a massage. Okay, last section, everybody! Grab your lightest pencil and let's add a little bit more fur details on this white chest. Now let's make this edge a little bit darker. Then get your kneaded eraser and dab some highlights out. All right! We made it! You made it! Last step, sign and date your work! And VoilĂ , the finished product. You made it! Can you believe it?!!! Pat yourself on the back, dance around, and tell your friends. OOOOH! I broke a sweat. Did you? See you in the next video! 14. Final Thoughts...For Now: My friends, you made it. Wow, it's been a journey hasn't it. I'm so happy you took a leap of faith and watched my course and tried to draw. Hopefully, you got some encouragements, tips, strategies, on how to capture what you see. And don't forget to post your work in the projects section. I would love to see your progress even if it's just 1%. It will also help other students to see your progress and learn as well. Pretty please leave me some reviews. Good, bad, and ugly. I want to keep creating courses on Skillshare and get 1% better each time as well. Tell me if you would like longer drawing tutorials or shorter? How can I serve you better? What questions do you still have? I really want to know, tell me everything. I appreciate your time, perseverance, and curiosity most of all. And don't forget to follow me so you get notified of my new classes in the future. Please keep practicing and I'll see you on the other side. I have spoken. Bye Bye. Now I want some Dimsum.