The original photo was great quality to start with which is always a big help to achieve accurate detail in the portrait. The hair detail was drawn using a malleable art eraser to remove fine lines of graphite.
Graphite pencil works well even when the fur is mostly black, especially when it has lots of variation. Including the collar often helps to add more detail to a dog portrait and of course makes it more personal to their character.
A recent building sketch I completed is now available in an unusual form - printed on chocolate! I was asked to create a sketch of the Bavarian castle 'Burg Gruttenstein' located high up above the old salt town of Bad Reichenhall. It had to be drawn from an unusual angle that is not normally seen from close up because of the steep terrain and surrounding trees. The sketch was then sent to Switzerland to be printed in chocolate on white chocolate 'rounds' before being stuck (with chocolate again) onto hand made chocolates by Zorn Chocolaterie Swiss Art Gmbh in Bad Reichenhall. The first chocolates were handed out as part of a special 'Hoftag' celebration on Saturday 1 June to an awaiting crowd of medieval Knights on a tour through the old town, and the castle sketch motif is to be adopted as the new motif for Burg Gruttenstein castle itself.
The chocolates are now available from 'Zorn Chocolaterie Swiss Art Gmbh' in Bad Reichenhall as part of a special gift set. Other chocolates in the series include the 'Alte Saline' in Bad Reichenhall.