I made the foolish suggestion to my niece that I would draw a picture of her beloved dog Max for Christmas. I did add the caveat that it could be a complete failure and she would be getting a gift voucher if it didn’t work. I have not done many dog portraits and he is difficult colour to be drawing. I did spend some time on fellow blogger Rebecca Anderson’s site , she does amazing drawings of her black dog,
After a shaky start I am pleased with the result. The eyes, in fact, have turned out too well and they follow you around the room. There were a couple of times when I was drawing it that I could feel him watching me. Because he is so black, there are times when it is only the flash of the whites of his eyes, that let you know that he is curled up into a dark corner.
He is a rescue pup, we got him at around three months, but he must have had a rough time as he is still a very nervous boy and easily spooked. My niece has done an amazing job with him and he is well trained, though prone to getting into trouble. He is visiting us at the moment, while Katie is at the beach with friends. Our girls love having him to visit, Rosie loves her elder brother, but he is more interested in basking in the sun.