Drawing, sketching or painting images of household pets is probably one of the obvious pursuits for a beginning artist. I started with landscapes and for several years have done nothing else until trying still life painting and sketching. Each step is a definite confidence builder and I intend to continue down this path for the foreseeable future.
Mr. Cooper is my first attempt to draw an animal -- excluding, of course, the second grade art lessons! Technique leaves much to be desired here, but the likeness is close as you may be able to tell from the photograph. Cooper is my daughter's chihuahua-terrier mix and has no trouble posing for portraits!
Mr. Cooper, Graphite on paper, 4"x6", Not for sale