Back from the dead? A fruit-bat-dog!


Friends! It’s been one thousand years since you last heard from me, and I am sorry!

I’ve been up to a lot of strange things – nourishing my second hobby, which is learning languages (I’m working hard at moving forward with Arabic!) – working my slightly unsatisfying and out-of-my-field job making kitchen counter-tops – eating pizza and feeling bad about not drawing!

I’ve been drawing so little that I had a hard time finding a pen that wasn’t dried out for this one!

This little guy is called Timber. The owners call him a fruit-bat. I call him first drawing in months, and here’s to getting back in gear (I hope I’m not jinxing it now!)

I’d also be happy to do some of those drawings for money that I do. Or I’ll never be able to afford that trip to Greece!




Two not very good attempts at sketching a dog

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-12-03c sketch of a dog in pen

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-12-03d sketch of a dog in pen

This dog, who’s called Dennis and who has his own blog at just does not want to be drawn! Or maybe he does, and it’s just me who can’t seem to make it work. I gave it two tries, and the sketches ended up out of proportion and also.. bizarrely human (?) both times. I think that it’s starting to dawn on me, that if something doesn’t work the first time, a second try rarely makes it any better.

Well maybe three is the charm?


Sketch of a happy Sheltie dog!

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-12-01b sketch of a happy sheltie dog in pen

Here’s one of those Reddit gets drawn sketches of a Sheltie dog – A quite happy Sheltie dog, I might add!

See the reference photo here

I’ve drawn a few dogs already on my pet art portfolio – but no Shelties yet! I hope to get to make a commissioned portrait of a handsome dog like this at some point.

And this was my 770th drawing since the 9th September 2014!

Sketch of a (very) silly looking dog

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-11-25b sketch of a silly dog

Here’s the last sketch for today – I’m tired! This one was from Reddit gets drawn like most of the others of today’s sketches. I hope you all like it.

I draw people’s pets upon request – one per day. If you’d like to put your pet in the draw, send me a photo, and I might pick you!
Free sketch of your pet

I also do pet portraits on commission – go have a look at that 🙂

Now I’m off to bed!

This was my 749th sketch since 9th September 2014

Another lounging dog – in pencil

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-11-24a sketch of a lounging dog in pencil

All the pets I draw these days tend to hang around in very comfortable poses and positions. Here’s a drawing of a Labrador retriever looking like he’s considering something important. Or very deep. Or food related.

A few months ago, I remember thinking that I’ve somehow made a breakthrough in regards to composition and disposition of the paper. Well, I was wrong. These days, for some reason, I seem to constantly need to correct a jaw, make a nose smaller or cut off ears in order to make my sketch fit on the paper. As you see in this one, I’ve got plenty of space above the pup’s head, but the chin seems to be a little compact (and it is – the photo is not like that!).. I suppose I better start planning out my drawings a little better from the beginning.

This one was another free drawing request


Sketch of a delightully silly dog

thomas-dalsgaard-clausen-2015-11-23b sketch of a lounging dog

I stumbled across a blog called CocoaBean Adventures, where I found a photo of this wonderfully silly dog (Called Coco)

Cocoa’s owner didn’t request a free sketch – I did this out of my own initiative, because I once did a lot of sketches for cat/dog bloggers and had a lot of fun doing so, so I’m hoping that I could get some more requests from bloggers again!

I used to think that there were no such thing as “x being harder to draw than y” – It’s all just a question of “copying” textures, lines and shades down on paper after all. But after drawing hundreds of cats and dogs, I think that I’ve changed my mind on that one! Dogs are more difficult to get right for some reason. I think it’s do to their long noses that somehow forces the portraitist to work with perspective lines! It’s quite funny when you think of it. Anyway – getting an angle wrong on a dogs nose is much more visible than getting it wrong on a cat’s more compact facial features. That being said, I love drawing dogs. Especially in weird poses like Cocoa here!

This was my….

741th sketch since 9th September 2014.


11 tired sketches and drawings!

Drawing of a silly dog

Sketch of a dog in pen

A quick sketch of a happy dog!

Sketch of a room

This is a pencil perspective that I’m using as a means of visualization on a project I am making in architecture school.

sketch of a roof garden view

This is the same deal. View from a roof garden.

Drawing of a cat in pen

And here’s a cat sketch. I’ve been really busy lately, so I might have skipped  a few days in between some of these

Sketch of a cat in pen

Another cat in pen. Playing  a little with the background

Sketch of a dog

This is the third out of three dog sketches. It didn’t go really well as you can see – it took me three attempts to make something I eventually was happy with!

Drawing of a dog in pen

Second attempt – a little rough.

Drawing of a silly dog

And here’s the third one. I think that the sillyness of this pose helped bring out  something positive in the sketch as opposed to the two others!

Drawing of a dog in pen

Another one that I’m not too happy with – Very soon, I’ll be having more time on my hands to actually draw something that’s not rushed every day !

Drawing of a cat in pen

A cat!

Commissioned drawing of a boxer dog called Henry

And finally – here’s a commissioned portrait of Henry the boxer, that i just finished. I hope you like it! If you’re interested in seeing more of my custom pet portraits –  please head over to my other site, ! – I’ll post that last one over there shortly.

These were my 725-735th drawings since the 9th September 2014 !