Sketch of a Shetland Sheepdog called Dakota in ballpoint pen

Sketch of Dakota, the shettland sheep dog

Here’s a request I got for drawing Dakota the Shetland Sheepdog who resides over at the blog called Dakotas Den.
This one was rather quick as you can see – I wanted to focus on the face, and then try and give an impression of the fur on the body without being too precise about it. It’s hard to get right! I admire sketches done with a “shorthand” style that simplifies its lines and strokes but yet are very beautiful. Back in the day, the famous painters did their studies in this shorthand kind of way in order to prepare for a big painting. In my opinion, big, photo realistic paintings have lost much of their purpose today, because a camera and some basic photoshop skills can make the same picture that took an artist months in the baroque period – now in maybe half an hour. So if “representational art” still has a merit over photography, it might be in its sketchiness. In a sketch (or even a doodle) you can see traces of the thoughts and intentions in the artists mind, and the drawing captures a lot of different stages of the paper becomingΒ  a picture.. I think that there can be something very beautiful in that. But again – it’s really really difficult to say so much with such a few lines. It’s something I’d like to explore!
In the meantime, I you enjoy these sketches! They’re hardly like Rembrandt’s, but rather some sort of still-pictures of me getting more familiar with making drawings πŸ˜‰

I love these shepherd dogs – especially the long haired ones. My mom has a Belgian shepherd that i painted some months back (time flies)
I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with a cat-drawing !

That was number 443