Pet Portraits by Cherie
Realistic pet portrait drawings of dogs, cats, parrots, horses and other exotic pets

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Creating a Portrait of a Shih Tzu

Chucky's Photo - Shih Tzu

Photo of Chucky used as a reference for his pet portrait

Shih Tzu Portrait A    Shih Tzu Portrait B    Sihi Tzu Pet Portrait C


  I was commissioned to draw a full body portrait of this adorable little Shih-Tzu named Chucky. His favorite toy was a lime-green tennis ball, and his owner wanted it shown in the portrait with him.

  I start my portraits by drawing the outline of the face, then filling in the basic shape and colors, as shown in the first example.

  In the second example you'll see that the body was drawn in, and more details were added to the face including white fur over the black muzzle area and shadowing to add depth. Also, more detail was drawn in his eyes, bringing out his playful and spunky personality. More highlighting of the white fur areas were also added in. 

  The third example (finished portrait), I added more dimension to the body area, and drew in his favorite lime-green tennis ball. 

 Click here to see the making of a Rottweiler and Labrador portrait

Click here to see the making of a Great Dane portrait


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