[CONTEST] Your Mutt the Muse: Pet Portraits 101
Last year many of you met Jenny Williams, my friend and fellow Team DINOS member, here on my blog when she gave the world her brilliant “Should I Leash My Dog?” flowchart. But you may not know that Jenny is also the brains and talent behind the generous and gorgeous 66 Dogs Project.
For the past year, Jenny has been drawing portraits of long term shelter and rescue dogs. Her portraits show off the special, individual qualities of these dogs and the images help their organizations market the dogs in a whole new way.
Here’s one of my favorites (the portrait AND the dog’s name):
Lucky us: Jenny just launched a new Skillshare class, Your Mutt The Muse, so that all of us can learn how to draw pet portraits too!
In her class, which is offered on-demand so you can do the work at your own pace, she covers some general tips and tricks for drawing dogs, but the main focus of the class is to walk us through the creation of a portrait step by step, with the goal of creating a unique line of portraits that are thematically connected. The portraits are different than her 66 Dogs style, but equally beautiful.
Take a look:
So here’s the scoop! You can sign up for a free 2 week trial on Skillshare and take Jenny’s class at no charge for 14 days, which is plenty of time to do all the lessons.
After the 2 weeks, it’s 10 bucks a month to be a member of Skillshare (you can cancel any time – even before your free 2 weeks are up so you don’t get charged). If you’re ready to get started: go here now!
But for funsies:
I’ve got 5 FREE passes for Your Mutt The Muse to give away this weekend!
The winners will get free access to Jenny’s class for life – there’s no expiration date on the free enrollment.
I don’t know about you, but I’m trapped under 2 bajillion feet of snow right now, so drawing sounds like the only way I’ll survive the rest of this winter. I’ve already signed up!
If you want a chance to win a freebie pass to join me in Jenny’s class, here’s what you have to do:
1. In the comments tell me: Your dog just had their portrait painted. What is the title of this masterpiece?
Boogie’s would be Still Life With Shredded Orange Balls.
While Birdie’s would be Portrait of a Lunch Licker.
2. The deadline to leave your comment is Sunday 2/8/15 at midnight EST.
3. On Monday 2/9 I’ll announce the 5 winners (winners will be chosen using a randomizer) who will receive a special link to enter the class for free, for life!
So go, one tell me: What is the title of your dog’s portrait?
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OMG! This is awesome!!
My portrait would be called, very appropriately: Crazy Redman in Chaos
Maggie would be “snowcicles, yes please!!”
Lita: Beautiful age: Grace
Layla: When Pig flies
Andre: Spandex not required, portrait of a super hero.
KitLee: The devil wears black
Bert the best Berter Collie ever = everyonelovesbert.com or Hi! I’m BERT!
Miss Qi the Chihuahua = A Party In A Dress!!!!
Stanley, The Complicated Creature
Gracie’s Got Issues
Her Eyes Are the Window to My Soul
Love the play on words.
So cool- I help in rescue and do portraits myself to raise money- Love it! Good luck!
This is awesome- Love it!!
Barley’s portrait would be titled The Abominable Snow Pup. Her kitty brother’s would probably be I Love You More Than Rainbows.
River (PWD) “aren’t you gonna share that bagel with me?”
Noche- the Velcro Havanese- “you’re home, you’re home, it’s been forever “
My dogs name is, “C Street.” Her caption would be, “Under bite, wonder dog!”
Teddy’s portrait would be titled: Throw it!
Blind Dog Loving
Becky’s portrait would be: “(I Always Eat Like It’s) The Last Supper”
Marlo’s would be “Ceci N’est Pas Un Pit Bull (Because He’s Sleeping On The Couch)”
Ivie Lu’s portrait title: I love you, STOP STARING AT ME!
The Fearful Dog That Could!
Mine would be “emma – master of destruction”. She’s been quite the destroyer lately. :o(
“Ms. Bea: Queen of Endor”
Ahhhhmazing! Love this! Melvin’s would be: I live with my stalker. Jake’s would be: Portrait of a stalker.
This made me laugh out loud.
Ranger: The three legged Wonderdog!
I think I know that Wonderdog! Give him a cuddle for me : )
Larus would be either ‘Velcrodog in repose’ or ‘Affection police on duty’
Toby would be ‘Fuzzbucket the Eviscerator’ I have never in my life seen a dog so singlemindedly unstuff every toy the moment he’s acquired it.
1. Officer Bimo Beach Patrol
2. Shredding Still Life with Leo
3. Blue Dog Dining (aka Winston)
And the winners are…..
I’ll email all of you in a second with the link that will give you free lifetime access to the class. Congratulations! And thanks to everyone for playing along – your portrait titles were so good!!