Category Archives: Pet Portraits

Rolo’s video :)

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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.

Meet Rolo :D

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″).

Ruby, Roxy, Tia and Teddy mounted!

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 :).

Meet Ranger

I have been desperate to share his portrait with you for weeks. It was finally given to his dad for a surprise Father’s Day gift and he loved it! It was so lovely to hear just how much the portrait is being cherished.

Ranger is a sweet, gentle and kind soul who in a couple of weeks time will be kept very busy with a 8 week sister! Another blue Staffie <3.

This is an A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) Pastel Drawing and the full time lapse video which I will share here tomorrow will show how I approached this complex piece. I did use artistic licence with the heather in the foreground. This was fairly long in the reference and covered 80% of the collar buckle and tag. The client had requested the collar stayed in and was an important part of the piece. It’s the collar he always wears so was vital that it was on show. So I brought down the heather to make sure that the collar was more visible but still ensuring the heather was balanced and looked natural.

The expression in the reference, the lighting was just perfect. I honestly couldn’t wait to start this portrait and is was a pleasure from start to finish.

Meet Jodie

Last week I had the pleasure of capturing this sweet Yorkie :). Sadly, Jodie is no longer with us and his owner misses him dearly.

There are times when the reference photograph I am asked to use does not have the detail or quality I ideally need. The photo I had of Jodie was an old photo so the quality was lacking however the lighting was good. There was a nice light source that although did create a strong shadow on one side of his face it did mean it hinted at the general direction of the fur. In the reference you couldn’t see his right eye so I did lighten this area fractionally and add the subtle highlights to make the eye visible. Not adding to much light as to ensure we didn’t stray to far from the original. It was still important to capture the lighting which is what drew me to accept working with the photo :).
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A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) Colour Pencil Drawing