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!

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.


A sketch of a cat in oil pastels

oil pastel sketch of a cat

I did this sketch upon a request from @WitchetyMog on twitter. Mostly, my drawings are in pen, but I’ve got a few different art materials laying around that I don’t have the slightest idea how to use. So this one is in oil pastels! – with a little graphite thrown in. Oil pastels (and dry pastels too really) are really difficult to control in my world. In fact, you need to use special paper, and probably draw much bigger than my usual 4×6 inches – oh and then there are techniques. I just have fun with it. I’ve seen people do amazing things with pastels – and even the so-called “photo realistic” drawings, which seems like quite a feat. It’ll never be my goal, though, I’ve got a camera that can make photo-realistic paintings in 1/40th of a second. If I were do draw in pastels more often, I’d probably use it to make something more expressive (or let’s say messy!).


Win a portrait of your pet! + Interview + Fresh portrait of Merlin the cat!

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in pen and watercolor

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in pen and watercolorI’ve been interviewed by a cat! Who would have thought it possible? I’m amazed! And I think it turned out quite good! Come read it here: Interview with artist Thomas Clausen and pet portrait giveaway – If you comment on Merlin’s post, you also get the chance to win a portrait of your pet – drawn by me! – so go ahead and do that!

The above drawing is my 688th since the 9th September 2014! Yup!
Come see this one at my Pet portrait portfolio too!

8 new drawings – one is a commission drawing

Drawing of a cat called Merlin in ballpoint pen

Drawing of an excited football fanSketch of a guy with wild hair and beardDrawing of a cat called Merlin in ballpoint penDrawing of a street in germany in ballpoint penDrawing of a guy with glasses in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint pencommissioned drawing of a cat in ballpoint penHere’s another batch of drawings. Some of this and some of that. The last one is yet another commissioned drawing that you can see on my “pet portrait artist” site!

Other than that, there are some cats, an overly excited football (soccer) fan, that I’m pretty happy about, a perspective drawing – (my arch enemy is perspective drawing) and some odd portraits from Reddit gets drawn!

Hope you like them!


11 drawings and sketches from the last few days

Portrait drawing of a guy wearing a hat

Drawing of a cat in ballpoint penDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penPortrait drawing of a guy wearing a hatDrawing of a cat sorrounded by miceDrawing of a cat in ballpoint penSketch of an angry guy in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penSketch of a cat in ballpoint penSketch of a dog in ballpoint penPortrait drawing of a guy listening to music in ballpoint penAnother few days have gone by, and I’ve done 11 more sketches. Most of these are really quick, and two are done half asleep (and aren’t that successful) – But in general terms, I’m pretty happy about most of them. I’m having fun with trying out a little different graphical approaches and playing a little with the background.

I’ve just finished another commissioned cat drawing, but this time, I think that I’ll post it separately.

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