This was a customer commission of their friend's dog that had sadly passed away. It was a lovely gift idea, it gave the owner a little something to remember his furry friend by.
This painting has been completed in acrylic paint, to see my journey and step by step process of completing this dog please continue to scroll through this photo thread.
Jack Russell Jimmy
This is my dog, Jimmy. While I was studying pet portraiture I was asked to study many different mediums, this was one of my first coloured pencil pieces.
I love my dog so this probably won't surprise you that this is one of my favourite pieces. I have it up in my husband's office and it is also my company logo. Please scroll through to see my progress when drawing this piece.
Coloured pencil piece, a5 size. One of the smaller pieces I have completed and I finished it within 2 days.
2 days is very fast completion for a piece of art but if you select a small layout, a simple headshot and with a plain background it can be done. It is something to keep in mind if you are buying a drawing last-minute as a gift.
For this piece, I focused on the very striking eyes of this cat. It has been completed in acrylic paint.
Eyes can be very tricky sometimes but I really enjoyed trying to capture the depth and colour.
Sometimes I think it is a fun challenge to try different animals. It doesn't always have to be traditional dog or cat.
This fox looks like he's got a cheeky look on his face, it was fun drawing him. This drawing has been completed in coloured pencils.
This painting was one of my first when studying using acrylic paint, the focus here is on the orange ball.
I want you as a customer to feel comfortable to request extras like for example including your pets favourite toy,
it is always good practice to try new things when painting.
When studying pet portraits your tutor will give everyone the same example image so they can see what your starting skill level is. My starting example image was this dog. I actually did this drawing twice, once at the start of the course and again 6 months later.
What a big progression I saw, I defiantly felt like I had learnt a lot and I am encouraged to continue and keep learning.
This image is of my second attempt 6 months later, to see my progression please scroll through this image thread on the right.
This is probably the most challenging piece have completed to date. Horses have a very different texture than dogs and cats.
If you are looking to commission a pet portrait, remember to not limit your request to just typical pets I offer a range of styles and will be happy to give any pet a go.
This piece was completed in acrylic paint and is a3 size.
This piece has been completed in coloured pencil's, a4 size.
Feel free to scroll through my step by step images, if you look closely you should just see the sky and horizon reflected in her eye.
I completed this piece as a surprise for a friend of one of her little dogs. She was very pleased.
It has been completed in acrylic paint and is size a4.
Acrylic paints are my favourite to use but can take a lot more time to complete. When you are selecting which medium you would like your portrait to be in try remember that pencil can be completed a little quicker if you don't have time to wait.
My husband and I had the chance to do a bird of prey experience while away for a long weekend. This kestrel was one of the handful of birds we got to feed and fly. I managed to get a few really clear photos and thought she would be a fun challenge to attempt to paint. She has been completed in acrylic paint and is just shy of size a3.