This lovely doodle had striking golden markings and a sweet, characterful face. Curly fur is always a bit of a challenge but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating the texture of his coat. The portrait is approximately A3 sized and is in pastel on pastelmat.
I’ve been meaning to do a portrait of my own dog, Shiro, ever since I got him three years ago!
So here it is, finally. “Shiro, the Japanese Spitz.”
The work of an animal portrait artist is never dull. It’s amazing how different animals can be, even when they are of the same breed, and how much you can tell of their personalities just by looking through photos of them. This pair of Dachshunds is a case in point. I hope I managed to capture the elegance of the long haired Dachshund, Serge, and the playfulness of his wire-haired companion, Lou. Lou definitely had a twinkle in his eye!
The most technically challenging part of the portrait was the creation of a blue ball, which did not appear in the main reference photo, between Lou’s paws. To make such an object look solid and three dimensional, the form and cast shadows have to be just right. If you look closely, you’ll see I’ve added a green tinge to the underside of the ball to give the impression of grass reflecting on the ball’s surface. Small details like that can make a big difference to the outcome when you are striving for realism in a portrait.
Here is a recently completed portrait of a gorgeous Golden Retriever. I loved the gentleness in her eyes and greatly enjoyed portraying both her and the beautiful woodland scenery in the background.
The portrait was well received by the family.
“(My brother) was delighted with the portrait of Chardonnay. Said they were reduced to tears, but in a good way!”
I recently completed this portrait of two friends, Harry and Chester enjoying the sunshine. I loved creating the shadows and backlighting in this portrait. I hope that it conveys a sense of the beautiful summer’s day and the comfortable friendship between this dog and cat!
The description “ginger” really doesn’t do justice to this cat. He has the most beautiful, multi-coloured fur, and getting the variations in colour and value just right was a real challenge. He also has incredibly unusual eyes, and a majestic demeanour, which I hope I have managed to convey in the finished portrait.
I had a busy time in December, painting portraits for Christmas presents. Here’s an example. It’s in pastel on pastelmat, and is a standard A4 sized image. “Oscar.”