Jasmine the Rottweiler Portrait Beginnings

Jasmine Portrait Sketch - Kathryn Koozer, A Seattle Artist - notes.kathrynkoozer.com

The beginnings of Pet Portrait always start with photo selection followed by figuring out the best composition for the portrait. I love commissioned projects because you get to see a small part of someone’s world that you knew little to nothing about before.

This project is a gift from a daughter to a mother and is a memorial pet portrait of a beautiful Rottweiler named Jasmine.

I have completed the preliminary sketch. Theses drawing that I create do more than just outline the model; they help me to understand the structure between the lines, the textures, and the individual details that make each individual pet portrait unique. With the lines I create small sectioned shapes that define colors, hair direction, shapes of shadows, and the contours of the subject.

After I finish a preliminary drawing I let it sit for a day and then go back and take a close look at it. Usually I will find something I didn’t see before or find that something isn’t quite right. In the case of Jasmine I had to move the entire snout further to the right. Also, dog noses are a challenge.


Kathryn Koozer