dog fur sketchI love drawing the textures of fur (there are five different fur textures, each with its own technique). It’s not a process that can be hurried, so instead it becomes almost meditative — the drawing slowly unfolding, centimeter by centimeter, across the white surface of the paper. This shaggy fellow, drawn in 4B pencil and measuring 6 by 8 inches, took more than nine hours to gently shade. He is a demonstration drawing, photographed at five stages from preliminary sketch to completion, for my online course in drawing dogs and cats.

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