Artistic license.. I really enjoyed working on this pastel drawing of Rolo. The beautiful reference photograph I had made such a difference. I did use some artistic license with this piece. There was a large amount of blurred bluebells all over his chest and in the artwork I wanted to show all his beautiful curls. So I still included the hint of the foreground bluebells but made the artwork my own.
I have spoken on a few different blog posts regarding artistic license and this is a great example :).
His owner took the beautiful reference photo check out his Facebook page FMead Photography.
Watch his smiley face come to life in the full time lapse video. I am super busy with commissions and I have some really beautiful pets to share with you when they have been given as the surprise gifts!
I am very fortunate to have a fantastic framer up the road from me. He has mounted and framed all of my work from the day I started it as a hobby. Recently, he invested in a super duper mounting machine which really is impressive. This enables a range of lovely shape options and styles. Below are just a few of the shapes which caught my eye.
At the bottom of each mount is a code. If commissioning a piece from me and you would like one of these mounts with your portrait please quote the code during the commission process. I have a sample of all these mounts at home so I can photograph your portrait with the mount for you to see just how it would look :).
All of these mounts come in a variety of colours! But the samples I have are in the standard cream and black colour.
Head over to ‘Commission’ tab on my website and click ‘mount options’ for all the new examples :D. Or Click Here to go straight to the page!
SUPER CUTE ALERT!! I had the pleasure of meeting Rolo yesterday and I can confirm he is just as cute in person as he is in the reference photo I had for this portrait. His owner Frank is a keen photographer who takes some truly fantastic photos. He captured this moment of Rolo sat in the Bluebells perfectly. I was very excited to start it as soon as I was asked <3
The full time lapse video will be coming soon. This time I have shown how I approached this background. All done in pastels on A4 size (8.3″ x 11.7″).
I have picked up my original mouse drawing from my framers after he mounted it for me :). This little guy I am thinking will be one of a mouse series as I have access to some really cute reference photos :D.
This original drawing is up for sale at a bargain price 😀 Scroll down for more info!
£45 FREE UK P&P!! 5″ X 7″ Original Colour Pencil & Pastel Drawing (mixed media) Pastel was used to create that soft glow behind the mouse and the mouse itself was done using colour pencils. Professionally mounted to 8″ x 10″ to fit a standard size frame. Reference photo: Paul Fine
The full video of me working on this portrait is available to watch over on my YouTube channel 😀
Why do I mount all my pieces? It’s only since I started offering pastel portraits that I decided to get my framer to mount all of my portraits. Pastels require a special mount so I knew this was something I wanted to include as part of the portrait just for my piece of mind that all pastel artwork will all be protected as they ideally should. I then got much more satisfaction seeing them going off to their new homes mounted as I feel it finishes off the portrait.
Mount sizes: For most portraits, if clients are not intending on having them professionally framed the mounts can be made to fit a standard size frame. Often an A4 portrait will have a 12″ x 16″ mount. For USA portraits a 11″ x 14″ mount works well for A4 as well as from my research this is a common frame size for USA. So these mount sizes can be altered to suit your specific needs.
In terms of custom sizes such as the above I had a 2 inch mount put on. An equal 2 inches all the way round as these pieces would need to be professionally framed. Custom size portraits especially something this size (30cm x 55cm) would need to be taken to a framer near you for you and them to match the perfect frame to your portrait :).
What do I do? I have many portraits, pets and wildlife, in my house. I have got some framed but others are also shop bought standard frames. It depends on what you’re looking for, budget and just your preference. There are many really nice frames in shops which are convenient and easily available. No right or wrong answer but I do LOVE the finish and extra special frame choices you get with a professional framer. The quality of frame is no where near the same but that would be expected. More mounts below which my framer did for me :).
I can now share with you the portrait I finished last week of Cash. A very smiley, super cute Jack Russel. That tongue! Being local, I was able to have the pleasure of hand delivering this portrait to his mum :).
Well… only wanted to order a few more colours of soft pastel sticks and ended up buying way more! I purchased a new panel to try acrylics on and a heap of pastel paper that will see me through the rest of the year 😀
I have so many exciting new pieces coming up that I really cannot wait to share with you. Maisey’s expression here is the same as mine when receiving new art supplies 😀