Tigers are finished

I realised over the weekend that I never photographed my Tiger drawing so before it got to bright this morning that was my objective first thing :). Now ready to be mounted before looking for its new home.

10″ x 18″ Pastel Portrait
Photos from Emmanuel Keller and Natasha Jefferies and @ Wildlife Reference Photos
Original for sale

This drawing was one I created from multiple references. This piece is one of a kind. I wanted to do something the same size as my Cheetah mum and cub portrait so when I went searching for references I stumbled across a sleeping Tiger. I then thought – right I will design my layout around this. I liked the lighting and how the hind legs were partially off the rock. But the Tiger was asleep. I knew that I wanted to incorporate a cub in this piece and wanted both of them to be awake. So I then searched for a photograph of a laying Tiger but one where she was looking straight at the camera. Found one I loved and used that head in the reference onto the sleeping body of the other photo.
I then went looking for a cub photo. This was more tricky because I needed it to be led down but I wanted it looking at its mother. Finally I found one that I liked and that with some adjustments would work.

So this pastel drawing really is something I have created from scratch using various beautiful references. If you are interested in purchasing this original portrait please don’t hesitate to email me at zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk
No prints will be made of this.

March’s Patreon Video

My Patreon has been live for nearly 1 month! It’s been something I am thoroughly enjoying. Creating content has been a new challenge – some days technology really hates me! but I got there :D. My pastel tier (soon to have an acrylic tier, fingers crossed) mentioned 1 video upload a month. But when it launched on the 1st February there was already a library of content to watch which I had been busy working on. Then In February alone I uploaded a further 2 videos. One was a 2 hour focus video of a dog nose and the other was how I create my glow type backgrounds. March will have more videos other than this German Shepherd uploaded so once I have done the voice overs to them they will be available :).

If you think Patreon may be something that may benefit you the link is below πŸ™‚

Full tutorial nearly 3 hours long πŸ˜€

Staffie Collage

I was looking through the portraits I have recently completed and there are a few breeds that appear on my easel a little more that others. Staffies being one of them which as a Staffie owner myself love to capture this amazing breed. Huge smiles from ear to ear and their lovely, kind temperament <3. What I also like about painting or drawing this wonderful breed is they can come in a variety of colours with different markings. I have a red called Maisey seen in some of these portraits and then Roxy who is black and white. From blue to brindle they really have a broad diversity of fur types.

New YouTube video tomorrow

Tomorrow at 6pm this voice over video is going live on YouTube :). If you would like to see the 2 hour real time version of this head over to my Patreon here.

Patreon 2 hour version
My Patreon videos are between 1-3 hours long (sometimes longer) with in depth voice over, step by step for beginning or if you’re looking to perfect your technique with a view of becoming a full time pet portrait artist. With a friendly private Facebook group its an interact group of art loving people. I am loving Patreon and getting to each individual artist and seeing their work – makes me smile <3.

My tutorials on Patreon are a mixture of full length projects, focus videos and bonus videos. I have some exciting Patreon tutorials coming up πŸ˜€

Archie is finished :)

I recently shared a work in progress update of Archie’s painting. I always love working in acrylics and this was no exception. All those curls, using my liner brushes and capturing those lovely tonal differences. I also got to paint his brother Ollie which I will share tomorrow :). If you would like to see a video reel of this painting head over to my Facebook page πŸ™‚