Pet Drawing – Beau, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

Beau is an award winning Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. He has made it into the history books with the distinction of being the first UKC Champion bobtail Catahoula. And, he’s a big goof—really happy, willing to please, and do anything to make you laugh, says his owner. Beau is also a great hiking companion, read all about him and what his owner thought about the portrait on her blog uperpest journal.

Medium: Colored Pencil
Size: 16″ x 12″

Three earlier stages of the pet drawing





dog-portrait-beau-ref2 The photo on the left is the basis of the pet drawing. It has a blue color cast and a lot of camera distortion which can easily be fixed. I changed the composition in the artwork to make Beau more prominent. The right photo shows Beau’s colors better and his gorgeous light blue eyes!.

...It came and it’s fantastic. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful this portrait is and how much it means to me. When I look at the picture I think, “That’s my boy. That’s Beau.” Today I picked up Beau’s portrait from the framer’s. I had the picture framed, matted, and put under conservation glass, however it’s not non-glare since that made it difficult to see the excellent details of the work. In the portrait you can see each individual hair on Beau. Wow. It still just absolutely floors me the level of detail that Daniele was able to get with colored pencil – it has been mistaken for a photo by more than one person. I never realized a simple colored pencil could be so sophisticated. ...It’s something I have displayed proudly in my home and I will have it for the rest of my life.
– Amanda