Dog pet portrait 2In her CAE Drawing Pet Portraits course, teacher Carolyn Large will guide you through the basic steps to successfully complete your own pet portraits. You will learn to use structural shapes to create accurate proportions and practise drawing your pet’s facial features according to their individual appearance. In addition, you will grow to understand the use light and shade to create definition as well as learning how to draw fur. You can use these valuable skills to draw your own pets and those of your family or friends.

Who is the teacher?

Carolyn Large is a practising fine and textile artist located in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. She actively participates in local art groups, regularly exhibits in regional art shows and enjoys teaching a range of fine arts and textile courses at CAE.

Cat pet portraitWhat motivates her?

Carolyn is passionate about all forms of illustration, however her greatest love is drawing animal portraits in soft pastel or charcoal and in teaching others the techniques necessary to successfully complete their own animal portraits. She is constantly inspired by her love of all animals, particularly her own adored pets, and her commission work is in high demand.

Multiple talents

Horse pet portraitCarolyn’s other artistic passion is the beautiful and versatile craft of needle felting. Using dyed wool fibre Carolyn creates a fabulous array of 3D objects including animals, tiny teddy bears, jewellery, Christmas decorations and more. She also teaches the technique of ‘painting’ with wool to create beautiful 2D works in wool, reflecting the natural environment.


Get inspired with Carolyn’s course in Needle Felting, Children’s Book Illustration or Drawing for Cartooning. Or find inspiration in other ways, with Jewellery: Make a Silver Ring in a Day, Film Making from Start to Finish or Interior Design: Introduction.

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