Grey Stallion

Grey Stallion

This handsome horse commission was created in watercolour graphite and good ‘ol pencil at slightly over A4 in size. I┬álove watercolour graphite. Like watercolour pencil, it’s so easy to get the softness of watercolour whilst also creating harder cleaner lines, and really easy to layer onto with regular and mechanical pencils for even more depth and detailing, plus you can erase it relatively easily! Horses have been a passion of...

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Portrait of Tip the dog

Portrait of Tip the dog

This very sweet dog is the lovely Tip, who lives all the way in New Zealand on a farm. He’s been recreated in watercolour pencils as a pet portrait commission. For this particular commission as it was quite large (A3), I’ve used a lot of watercolour paint as a base as well as layering the pencils on top to give his fur a rich, full...

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Ziggy the Bearded Dragon

Ziggy the Bearded Dragon

This is a portrait of beautiful Ziggy, the bearded dragon. He was a commission created in inktense watercolour pencil, with a bit of white gel pen and gouache for good measure. His portrait is about A4 size, but what a challenge with all those scales! Ziggy had such a charismatic face and dramatic colouring I couldn’t resist taking this commission on, and despite the hand cramp from all that detail I’m really pleased with how this...

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Sleeping Tabby Cat Pet Portrait

Sleeping Tabby Cat Pet Portrait

My latest commission was in A4 graphite, of an adorable snoozing tabby. I have a massive soft spot for tabbies, we had a huge bruiser of a tabby cat called Paddy who looked so similar, though woe betide you if you woke him up during his nap. I’ve taken a few in-progess shots for this one; I ususally work from sketch which is either directly onto tracing paper or traced onto it, then I transfer this to the final paper (in this case, Bristol...

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Two Very Pretty Furballs

Two Very Pretty Furballs

These two gorgeous Ragdoll cats are Ted (in the ‘catloaf’ position) and Belle (the princess with the pink nose). Being cats I know in person, they were a real pleasure to paint as they have very distinct personalities, and the shapes made by their fur are so much fun to render. Both portraits are A4 size, and were completed in watercolour, watercolour pencil, gouache and some white gel pen. I have to apologise for the poor quality of...

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