Introducing my next Pet Portrait

A little history on the breed. The term Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal breeds often considered in North America to be of the pit bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs from cross breeding bull-baiting dogs (used to hold the faces and heads of larger animals such as bulls) and terriers.

After the use of these dogs in what they call blood sports was banned, such dogs were then used to hunt and drive livestock, and also bred to be wonderful family companions, although some owners still breed and use them for illegal dog fighting. This practice continues to this day, but is illegal in many nations, including the U.S., and often why this breed gets such a bad rap.

I have had the pleasure of understanding more and more about this dog breed and have come to realize that, if raised correctly, this breed can become the best family companion and a very lovable pet, in the case of my new painting subject and sweet dog Vin.


Pit Bull - Vin original photo

Pit Bull Terrier – Vin original photo

Just like People, Dogs are Unique!

And so begins a new portrait of this Pit Bull Terrier for a wonderful young client who truly loves his dog.  There is an old saying, “Everyone thinks their dog is the best, and they would be right!” Dogs, just like people, should not be judged by their breed, but judged on how they are raised and trained.  I am excited to paint my first American Straffordshire Terrier (aka Pit Bull) and will take you on this journey with me.  Today I have sketched Vin and will begin painting his undercoat and background as shown below…

American Staffordshire Terrier - aka Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier – aka Pit Bull Terrier – sketch

Please follow me through the process in the coming weeks as I bring this adorable family member to life on the canvas.  As with all of my pet portraits, I do a light sketch with pencil, with not too much detail for it will all be covered with paint shortly.  I mainly sketch for correct composition on the canvas and as a guide to start.  Please feel free to leave me a comment below on what you think.  Have a wonderful day and now you can follow me on Twitter @Faybecca.