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Portrait of Dakota by imaginee Portrait of Dakota by imaginee
Golden Retriever Dakota was a recent commission. Drawing his light colored fur was a bit more challenging due to the lack of contrast so I worked very slowly. I used mostly a B pencil and a blending stump, for the dark areas I use my 3b mechanical. This one is drawn on Strathmore 500 Cold Press Illustration Board. The board texture gave the portrait more of a painted look.

11 x 14
b, 3b Graphite Pencil
little Graphite powder
Blending stump and tissue
2 weeks

wip images: [link]
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:iconsteveluxford:
steveluxford Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Photo quality. Beautiful & Stunning
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FlockeVonFrida Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
This is so good!:D (Big Grin) 
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SDRies Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
This is absolutely incredible..fantastic!
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InspireMe63 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too good to be true!!! Looks like it was taken with a black and white camera 
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ReDFoX05 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
that is frickin awesome
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thomas-thorn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
it has a lovely, ethereal glow like an old photograph. great job imaginee
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NatureChick Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist
Wow... Amazing! He is  gorgeous!!  
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:iconvectorbars:
vectorbars Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent artwork ! Outstanding face expression and very detailed !
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AmbergrisComics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
A very beautiful work, I like how you captured all those different textures!
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:iconchernhan:
ChernHan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vivid details, great work! :)
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:iconmambastar:
Mambastar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks EXACTLY like my dog!
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Arnext Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2017
Omg... Is Awesome!!! o.o <3
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jyacini Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent!
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JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb drawing, Linda.
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ChibiChomper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Professional Photographer
When I test mah new shampoo:orig11.deviantart.net/e947/f/2…
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SiennaBlue Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!  :heart:
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Pappa60 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Great portrait! Dhe dog looks so vivid and alert.
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InspiredLittleBird Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. His fur looks so soft, almost ethereal 
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vicpoole188 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
This is so beautiful. You have so much talent.
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JackieBath Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ive seen this around on the internet and have always just adored it!! Stunning, truly stunning.  
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Justynarysowniczka Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Wonderful! :)
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TripleS-Art Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :D
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KiraArts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Stunning, the fur looks so soft
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...:iconwowplz:gorgous drawing!:iconflyingheartsplz::iconbwavoplz:Incredible realisme!it''s SUBLIME!:iconshinyheartplz::iconpuppyloveplz:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work,! I love this shadding! :-)
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:iconwhitetippedwaves:
whitetippedwaves Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This stunning drawing has also been featured in my journal: [link]
:heart:
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TheIntrovert13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful drawing. very cute dog, dakota is a pretty name :)
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shosansharma Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are awesome!
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krazykohla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Absolutely breathtaking render! Well done! =) :+fav:
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sachikouderzo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
fantastic! damn! amazing! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!!! you are very talented! Wonderful
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LaChocolateLady Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! u r so better than me...
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Excellent work
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issa-art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Aww :love: beautiful!
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ratihvidhialexa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
beautiful :love:
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LexDizih Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Its so Perfect... I loved! :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Excellent!
Wouldn't mind you doing one of my dog...........send me a note about prices etc.
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marie-catss Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
my gosh this is beautiful! And the dog is photogenic isnt it. wow wow wow I love it! You are a master at drawing fur. :)
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HMarieE88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! When you say tissue is that kleenex or tissue paper?
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jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your drawings are soooo realistic its incredible
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TayasuNoir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
OMG THAT IS AMAZING O___O beautiful
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We-Howl-at-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Woah, it looks so real! Excellent job!!! :boogie:
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Jewelsgalor Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
He looks so real you just want to hug him..
Well done he is gorgeous..☺♥
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Miiiraa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Wow, it looks so realistic! :D
I love his eyes, they are so cute! Great job on the nose and the fur and the rest.. :)
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz:Hi!
I featured you in my journal just for fun...:iconattackglompplz:
[link]
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1001G Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
whoa what a talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   General Artist
So beautiful!!
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
how much you charge for one of these?
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