I decided to create a maze of my dog after my initial attempt at a self portrait maze was a disaster. I completed the self portrait maze with the intent of using it for my “About Me” page on this website. After showing it to my family they felt it was very creepy and aged me so I decided to not post it. Here the link if you want to see my creepy self portrait.
Instead of a self portrait I decided to create the next best thing, a pet portrait! The maze is a drawing of our beloved two year old Cavapoo named Penny. She is truly man’s best friend and has been great companionship while I work from home. My kids hate that I call her my girlfriend even through my wife doesn’t seem to mind.
I am following a long history of artists creating portraits of their beloved animals. Artists have drawn and painted everything from race horses and lap dogs to even pigeons. Who can forget my personal favorite the classic “Dogs playing poker”. There are tons of websites currently where you can have your pets portrait painted. You can do everything from realistic pet painting to turning them into Victorian Aristocrats. I decided to keep my portrait of Penny simple but maybe I’ll do a Victorian one down the road.
Above is the dog maze in process. As with all of my mazes they start out as pencil sketches and are filled in with marker. The color is added afterwards with colored pencils.
Below are the color tests that I created to figure out which markers and colored pencils to use with this maze. I know the dog sketches are creepy but they’re just quick sketches to test the colors. I like to scan theses sketches in and test the colors before I commit the maze to ink because it’s important that the colors will scan and print correctly.
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45 thoughts on “Dog Maze – Free Printable PDF”
Wow, these are so great! I had a friend, way back in junior highschool, who would put us all in awe of him, as he created such intricate mazes during our teachers’ lectures. I think they must have been in awe also, as I don’t remember one teacher ever telling him to stop drawing during class. It is a gift to be able to create these. My Grandchildren are coming for a visit on Sunday, so I am hoping to print these out for them. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!
Wonderful story. I did the same doodling in school. This is just an evolution of those.
Wow, this is amazing, and such a clever idea! I have never seen a maze integrated into a picture like that before! Visiting from LMM.
Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed my work
Wow! This looks like it took a lot of work, but such a labor of love. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
Thanks. I do love making them so I have no idea how long they take.
Amazing creativity! 😀
Thanks so much
Thanks so much for the nice feedback
Such wonderful talent and patience. I love the maze of your precious fur baby. Thank you for sharing at “Love Your Creativity.” Happy first day of fall.
Thanks for the nice feedback. She is my girlfriend that’s for sure.
You are so talented. Wow!! My kids loved mazes when they were younger.
Awesome. Please share them with them. I hope they enjoy my mazes also
Very creative! You are talented!
Thanks. That’s very kind of you to say
What a cool idea! I don’t have pets but I think pet lovers would love this
Thanks. I thought the same thing. People love their dogs.
Totally super! These will go to a lot of good use. Thanks so much for sharing. I have a dog… Chocolate Lab, but sometimes the black comes through, but not in the sun. I think the daddy was black & mama Chocolate. The biggest thing was we gave him his forever home. Have a great day & thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the comments. Dogs are the best. We’re so glad she’s in our lives.
So cute, I love it! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
Awesome. Thanks so much
Interesting and so cool! Thanks for sharing at Crafting by Designs.
Thanks for the feedback.
What a fun and unique blog you have! Visting from TFT!
Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed my work
These are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks. That’s very nice of you to say
Wow! this is unbelievable! Great job!
Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!
Thanks. That’s very kind of you to say.
Your drawn doggy looks so cute, he has sharpness in his eyes 🙂
Thanks. Funny you say that because I really struggled with the eyes. That makes me feel good.
Wow, you are very talented! I never even considered mazes as an art form, but they totally are! And I don’t find your self portrait one creepy at all…it is a bit quirky and fun! Thanks so much for joining my link up!
Awesome. Thanks so much for the nice words. I may try the self portrait again from a different angle.
I love your dog maze. What a cutie too. You have quite a bit of talent. I wish I could draw.
Thanks. That’s very nice of you to say
I love dogs, too, and this maze/portrait is awesome. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen
Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed my mazes. Who doesn’t love dogs?
Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for Week #39 at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge!
That’s amazing, i was so busy looking at the drawing it took a while to realise what you meant by maze #pocolo
Ha. Yeah I have a hard time explaining that they’re mazes. Most people look too quickly.
Looks fun! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 15 for Crafts and DIY, open April 15 to 25. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.
Your mazes always look like so much fun!
Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed my mazes