Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Ted

Bernese Mountain Dog Drawing, TedBernese Mountain Dog, Ted, is the subject on my drawing board this week. I’ve been using graphite pencils again, instead of colours to create this birthday portrait of my studio buddy.

Ted’s portrait was drawn just before his 6th birthday, although he’s a couple of years younger in the reference photo. Teddy Tedlington, my TedStar, Tedz, Big-Lad, The T-Bear … I am truly besotted with this handsome boy, he knows it too !

This portrait was traditionally hand-drawn on heavy-weight, smooth-surface cartridge paper using Faber Castell 9000 pencils.

The darker tones are produced using softer 8B, 6B and 4B pencils with a combination of blending tools and the coat definition was achieved using harder 4H and 6H leads and a selection of erasers.