Dog portrait drawing of Ross the Husky/German Shepherd mix

Final drawing of Ross the Husky-German Shepherd mix

Zach reached out to me about making a portrait of his rescue dog, Ross, as a gift for his wife. It’s always so touching to me that people trust me with making special gifts for their loved ones! And when he explained the concept he had in mind I was super excited to sketch it out.

Reference photo of Ross with his sister
Ross, pictured with his sister, Cici. What a great smile!

Ross is an adventurous Husky/German Shepherd mix, so Zach wanted to see him with a Daniel Boone-inspired look. He suggested a coon skin hat and straw hanging out of his mouth — which also connected to their home state of Kentucky. That hat sounded particularly fun to draw.

They also have big maple trees in their yard, so we decided on a fall-colored maple leaf border.

Sketch of Ross with a Daniel Boone-style adventure concept

Ross was so much fun to draw. I love how his eyes, paired with that smile, have a curious sparkle to them. The leaves are done in watercolor, which I experimented with until I got the gradient effect of the changing colors that I was after.

That coon skin hat is such a great touch! I’m so glad he suggested it — it makes this portrait super unique and personal.

Final drawing of Ross the adventurous Husky-German Shepherd mix

Happy birthday to Zach’s wife! I hope she was surprised and thrilled with the portrait of her fur kid.

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