Category Archives: Pet Portraits

Tilley & Cresta Video

Here is the full time lapse video of the recent Shetland and cart drawing I have recently finished.

There were so many elements to this portrait. It could easily become very daunting and not know where to start. I have never drawn this much leather work on one portrait but I approach it as I would any other … Break down into small sections.

When you watch the time lapse video you will notice how I work on small areas. The parts where the leather over laps and creates shapes I use to my advantage and focus on these ‘shapes’ one by one.

See my previous work in progress post for tips on capturing movement. Focusing on the lights and darks 😀

Shetland and cart finished!

Meet Tilley and Cresta :D.
I have said it on each progress update here… But this has been such a fun portrait to work on! All that leather work was a great challenge. I adore capturing movement in portraits. I did a Jaguar that was walking towards the camera as one of my first wildlife drawings as it’s always been a favourite. This is certainly at the top of my list as well.

The full time lapse video will be uploaded here tomorrow morning. On that blog post I will explain certain aspects of how I tackled elements etc.

First attempt at Digital Painting!

There was a few days where I was unable to sit at my easel. I hated that I wasn’t creating something so I downloaded a free app on my tablet and used my phone stylus and had a go at a digital painting of my horse Jack.

I was pleased with how this came out for my first attempt. I did then start a Red Panda digital painting but haven’t got round to finishing that yet.

Digital painting is done just in the same way as traditional painting. You have the different brushes and you can adjust the settings of the ‘paintbrush’ so you can achieve narrower, lighter strokes etc. Of course it does help to have an UNDO button and the option of working in layers so if you make a ‘wrong layer’ you can scrap it entirely and go back to the previous stage!

Shetland cart update

Fun fun fun!
This portrait has been so much fun to work on. I cannot wait to share the finished photograph with you. I wish I could take good scans of my artwork. Getting the lighting right for the photographs isn’t an easy task. But the scanner doesn’t pick up the lighter details and it can make the drawing look really bleached out. It may be that I don’t have a scanner with a high enough resolution or I am not using it right … The latter is more likely!

Capturing movement..
The various shadows and highlights on their body is what creates the sense of movement. Capturing where the light hits and reflects gives the bone structure and flow to the piece.

If your shadows are not dark enough your highlights will not seem bright enough. Sometimes you need to go darker in some areas rather than trying to make the highlights brighter. Take a photograph of your artwork, open it up in a photo editing programme (doesn’t have to be anything special – any free programme will have the same adjustments for this) and adjust the contrast. If you like the look better than your art make these changes. They don’t take long and it can make all the difference to the finished piece.

The full time lapse video is coming soon! I upload to my channel regularly so head over and subscribe if you don’t want to miss out on any new content I am sharing 🙂

Bella & Molly

Last week I completed this A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) colour pencil drawing of Bella & Molly. They have such expressive little faces and they were a real pleasure to draw.

Their mum who commissioned the portrait was intending it to be a surprise gift to their dad for Christmas. Once she received it she was to excited to wait so gave it to him straight away :). The full time lapse video will be uploaded very soon!

A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) Colour pencil drawing

Portraits framed in their home

I love receiving photographs like this. Both of these portraits were so much fun to do. Ludo the full body horse was such a beautiful photograph to work from. A low ground angle was just perfect for this.

The Jess the beautiful Spaniel mid action shot playing with her toy was great to capture. I always love drawing subjects that are moving.

Ludo’s drawing was A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″) size and Jess’s drawing was an A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) both done in graphite pencils. The full time lapse video of Judo’s portrait is over at my YouTube channel.