Portrait of a Weimaraner and a King Charles Spaniel

I love doing group portraits especially when there seems to be a bond of affection between the animals. This beautiful Weimaraner and characterful King Charles spaniel seemed so comfortable together. The reference photo was excellent, with only a couple of bits of paw missing at the edges of the photo. I used my imagination to add in the missing bits in order to create this composition. This portrait was an A3 size, done in pastel on pastelmat. I framed it using a white mount and simple black frame.

Pastel Portrait of Two Dachshunds

“Serge and Lou, the Dachshunds.” A3 portrait. Pastel on pastelmat

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.

 

 

Golden Retriever 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.

A3 portrait. “Chardonnay, the Golden Retriever.” Pastel on pastelmat.

 

 

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!”

“Harry and Chester” Pastel Pet Portrait

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!

Pastel pet portrait. Approx. A3.

Portrait of a 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.

"Oscar, the cat." Pastel on pastelmat. 29x39 cm
“Oscar, the cat.” Pastel on pastelmat. 29×39 cm