Pet Portrait Drawing Workshop

This workshop is now virtual via Zoom. Students already registered are still registered for the virtual class. 

Dates: Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Nicole Troup

Cost: WCMFA Members $55, General public $65

In this workshop, instructor Nicole Troup will teach students how to draw animals in graphite pencil from start to finish. As a working pet portrait artist in the field, completing many commissions for clients over the years, Troup will teach the fundamental skills needed to draw an animal portrait through demos and step-by-step instruction. Students are asked to have a photo reference of their pet or any animal they choose (head and shoulder cropped photo preferred).  Art principles that will be covered are: pencil technique, blocking in lights and darks, proportions, fur or feather technique, blending, contrast and more.

Supplies: Student needs a 11×14 inch drawing sketchbook and a pack of pencils with a range of leads (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B).

Pet Portraits

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About Nicole Troup:

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Artist, Nicole Troup, resides in Greencastle, PA.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster and is currently working as a commissioned portrait artist for private and official commissions. Some of her clients include WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, doctors, local clients and CEOs. She has also painted former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett.

Outside her commissioned work she collaborates with public figures and celebrities for specific painting projects. These celebrities include: actors Michael Shannon and Alan Cumming, actresses Erica Ash and Madeline Carroll, Machine Gun Preacher, WWE superstar Titus O’Neill, models and others. The collaborations include an initial contact with the person to create a painted portrait of them through the sharing of ideas and photo references that evolve into a finished product. The painting and limited edition prints are sometimes autographed by the celebrity and are then offered for sale to their fans and supporters.

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