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[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):

66 dogs


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?

For example:

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?



  1. OMG! This is awesome!!

    My portrait would be called, very appropriately: Crazy Redman in Chaos

    February 6, 2015
  2. Adriane Wallace #

    Maggie would be “snowcicles, yes please!!”

    February 6, 2015
  3. Portrait titles:
    Lita: Beautiful age: Grace
    Layla: When Pig flies
    Andre: Spandex not required, portrait of a super hero.
    KitLee: The devil wears black

    February 6, 2015
  4. trishadawn #

    Bert the best Berter Collie ever = or Hi! I’m BERT!
    Miss Qi the Chihuahua = A Party In A Dress!!!!

    February 6, 2015
  5. Claudia Siniawski #

    Stanley, The Complicated Creature

    February 6, 2015
  6. Gracie’s Got Issues

    February 6, 2015
  7. Kristen Backus #

    Her Eyes Are the Window to My Soul

    February 6, 2015
    • denisemcassano #

      Love the play on words.

      February 6, 2015
  8. So cool- I help in rescue and do portraits myself to raise money- Love it! Good luck!

    February 6, 2015
  9. denisemcassano #

    This is awesome- Love it!!

    February 6, 2015
  10. Barley’s portrait would be titled The Abominable Snow Pup. Her kitty brother’s would probably be I Love You More Than Rainbows.

    February 6, 2015
  11. Terriwillner #

    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 “

    February 6, 2015
  12. Juli #

    My dogs name is, “C Street.” Her caption would be, “Under bite, wonder dog!”

    February 7, 2015
  13. MiniMom #

    Teddy’s portrait would be titled: Throw it!

    February 7, 2015
  14. Marianne Cyr #

    Blind Dog Loving

    February 7, 2015
  15. 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)”

    February 7, 2015
  16. Robbie #

    Ivie Lu’s portrait title: I love you, STOP STARING AT ME!

    February 7, 2015
  17. Ellen Riger #

    The Fearful Dog That Could!

    February 7, 2015
  18. Kristin #

    Mine would be “emma – master of destruction”. She’s been quite the destroyer lately. :o(

    February 7, 2015
  19. “Ms. Bea: Queen of Endor”

    February 8, 2015
  20. Ahhhhmazing! Love this! Melvin’s would be: I live with my stalker. Jake’s would be: Portrait of a stalker.

    February 8, 2015
  21. Ranger: The three legged Wonderdog!

    February 8, 2015
    • I think I know that Wonderdog! Give him a cuddle for me : )

      February 8, 2015
  22. heather l. #

    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.

    February 8, 2015
  23. kiem #

    1. Officer Bimo Beach Patrol
    2. Shredding Still Life with Leo
    3. Blue Dog Dining (aka Winston)

    February 9, 2015
  24. And the winners are…..
    Oh Melvin
    Audra Farrell
    Juli Goodrich

    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!!

    February 9, 2015

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