Dog Art- A few Pen and Inks

(C)susansheldonnolenI love drawing dogs. It comes from a childhood without a dog and with a great yearning for a dog. If I had been a wise child, I would have asked for a small dog, a dog so small you could fit it into the palm of your hand, but no, I wanted the magnificent Irish wolfhound, the dog I read about in Finn the Wolfhound, or a massive German Shepard Dog to aid me in my spy work as I pretended to be Mrs. Emma Peel.  No pleas to my father would work. He wisely said no. We lived in flats and who would walk the dog at night? I would! I would! But a ten-year old often promises the moon and delivers tears instead.  I have a dog now, Ted, a wire fox terrier. A  sensible size. We don’t roam the Highlands of Scotland or walk the misty fields of Ireland. We walk city streets and if he needs to go out at night, well, I do walk him!


Here are just a few drawings of dogs, all drawn in India Ink, with an old-fashioned pen and inkwell.

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An early pen and ink study of a Border Terrier

I love Pen and ink, there is such a wide variety of style and effects to choose from. In this Border Terrier study, the lines are heavy and bold.

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The Irish Terrier above is drawn with fine lines. A more delicate feel.


This study of the Sealyham Terrier was done in old-fashioned India Ink, a pen with a nib, one drop at a time.  I went blind a few hours each time I work on it. The world became nothing more than  dots. It took about seven nights to complete it. It was the last one I did in this style.

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The Westie puppy. I was getting rather tired of  seeing dots, so I decided to combine them, a few dots here, and lines elsewhere.(c)susansheldonnolen

This Bull Dog, Ch. Pugilist, just deserved the fine India Ink line. What a magnificent face he has!

Here’s a serious looking puppy A Sealyham Terrier Puppy in the Garden…(c) Susansheldonnolen

About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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2 Responses to Dog Art- A few Pen and Inks

  1. Patricia Juarez says:

    Where can I purchase the border terrier drawing? So great! Patti

    • Hi Patricia, thanks for stopping by and making my day! That Border Terrier Pen and Ink was sold and is in a private collection now. I can let you know when I do another Border! They are just amazing dogs. I still miss my Hadliegh and its been seven years since we lost him!

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