Staffordshire portrait

Staffordshire portrait

Before Christmas I had received so many commissions I couldn’t take them all! So i began to offer some pet portrait vouchers that would be small postcard sized portraits upon receipt of the deposit to be given as a Christmas card, with the promise of a pet portrait in due time. The first one of these was this very handsome dog; the card was completed in watercolour pencil and white gel pen, and the commission was graphite in A4. I only use...

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Charlie the Bull Mastif – Portrait Commission

Charlie the Bull Mastif – Portrait Commission

This is a pet portrait commission of the lovely Charlie! All up this has to be the longest time I have worked on one piece, roughly 15+ hours, over about 4 days, so I am relieved that it is done. I feel my work on Charlie has given me a chance to show my coloured pencil skills have come up to standard to meet my graphite, so it’s pretty good for my portfolio. Slight cost to my sanity though, perhaps. And a sore back 🙂   ...

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Bay Arab

Bay Arab

This is one for me! Coloured pencil on recycled organic cotton paper. The beautiful paper was a gift, it’s so lovely but unfortunately very tricky to draw on! Little micro-layers of it kept peeling off when I tried to use my eraser or if my pencil was too sharp, so it was a learning curve!   Overall though this was a lot of fun. Usually when I do non-commission artwork, it’s a horse, and it lies unfinished forever. I did get to...

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Burt – Portrait Commission

Burt – Portrait Commission

This is a full A4 graphite pencil portrait for some friends of mine of the ever so lovely dog they had, Burt. This one took me a fair amount of time between doing my exams for my MSc and working my day job! I think I am most proud of the curly ear hair – progress images of this portrait along with some art tips were posted to my twitter account, if you’re interested. The whole portrait was completed with mechanical pencil, HB and 2B...

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