I think my age was in single figures the last time I drew a dog! I really don't like drawing hair so this was a bit of a challenge. I'll look for short haired dogs next time but I suspect I'll go back to cats first! Even though I used softer pencils than normal (2b and 3B), I still think it could do with more contrast but I'll put it away now and forget about it for a while.
I procrastinated a lot with this one (so much hair!) gave it up for a few weeks and then lost my rhythm so I didn't get a lot of drawing done over the break. I started a couple that I will finish and post soon. Last year I said that I don't make resolutions (except to eat more chocolate which I most certainly did!) but this year I feel the need for some changes so I have a couple of, not resolutions exactly, but things I'd like to aim for. I don't want to say what they are though as one of them is to stop beating myself up so much and if I fail that is what I'll do! One that I can mention though is that, inspired by David Malan, I will keep up the sketching by drawing faces I find in magazines and papers and try and concentrate on the more extreme values. There are two free papers here that I pick up when I'm out and even if I don't find anything suitable, the artistic muscles are still being exercised, so that can't be a bad thing.