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WIRED OPEN LABS 2017 Workshop Series: Animal 'Pet' Portraits

  • The WIRED Lab introduces Jessie Ford AS PART OF THE WIRED OPEN LABS WORKSHOP SERIES 2017. Jessie, OF Fjord Illustration sPECIALISES IN watercolour paintings and pet portrait DRAWINGS.

  • Learn how to draw your favourite pet!

    In this one day workshop, Melbourne based artist Jessie Ford will demonstrate how to draw a realistic pet portrait using grey lead pencil.

In this 6 hour workshop you will learn:

  • Drawing materials - what to use and when
    Transferring a line drawing onto your drawing paper
    Observing tonal values and how demonstrate this using three pencils
    Tricks of the trade - how to achieve soft fur, shiny curls and a sparkle in the eyes
    Basic understanding of animal anatomy (we will focus on dogs here)

Who Should Attend?

Introductory class suitable for both complete beginners and those with some prior drawing and watercolour experience.

What You'll Get

Each attendee will leave this session both with new work, and having learnt techniques and theories of pencil drawing and portraiture. 

Participants will also be provided with a yummy home-made snack and/or fruit platter, and refreshments including water, organic teas and French press coffee.

What To Bring?

Make sure to bring along on the day a printed photograph of the pet you would like to draw, whether it be a dog, cat or bird it doesn’t matter! Make sure the image is high resolution (300ppi) and roughly the size of half an A4 sheet of paper (so 21 x 15cm).  It can be in black and white or colour (back and white will be a tad easier!)

While some materials are provided, it is preferred that participants bring their own materials where possible.

Materials List

  • Pencils: 2H, HB and 2B
  • Soft kneadable eraser and/or white plastic eraser
  • Drawing paper: Hot press (smooth) paper is best rather than textured paper


Sunday 11 June, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm


Murrumburrah Court House
Corner Vernon and Albury Streets
Harden Murrumburrah, NSW, 2587


$140 per ticket (GST inc)
12 places available

Contact Details

Anna Schoo | The WIRED Lab | anna@wiredlab.org


ABOUT Jessie

Originally from rural NSW, Jessie Ford is a Melbourne based artist who works under the name of Fjord Illustration. She specialises in watercolour paintings and graphite or ink pet portraits.

Since completing her bachelor of illustration, she has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and most recently her solo exhibition, ‘Leaf’, in Melbourne. Jessie’s Tasmanian art residency on Flinders Island led her to receive the Highly Commended Award during the ReFraming Nature exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2015. She now runs workshops, sharing her joy of art and the natural world with her community.



This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund'.

The Wired Lab is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.