Today I chose from some of the submissions from YOU to give your dog a day! This is a pair of Shih Tzus from RI, Lucky and Shadow, done with Micron on sketch paper. It was fun to try a dog so very different from what I’ve been drawing mostly (do I have a type? I might have a type). Shih Tzu (and other small, fluffy sorts) are always such a challenge to me because I’m drawn to the form of things, and their structure is so very hidden underneath all that hair! I think it’s especially important to get the distance between nose and eyes right – you mess that up, things go extra wonky (a problem I had with Bear the Pyrenees, drawn over Thanksgiving). I always approach sketching one with trepidation, but then find the fun in it as I go. It’s a challenge, yes, but a good one! Thanks to the submitter for giving me the chance to sketch their adorable pooches!