Bengal Cat Portrait

Bengal cat portrait. A4 pastel on pastelmat
Bengal cat. A4 pastel on pastelmat.

Bengal cats have such beautiful coats! I’ve done a couple of watercolour paintings of Bengal cats in the past but this is the first time I’ve ever painted one using pastel. I found that using pastel really helped to capture the vivid contrasts in the markings and the softness of the cat’s fur. I hope it won’t be the last Bengal cat painting I ever do!

Portrait of an English Bull Terrier

One of the most poignant moments in the life of an animal portrait artist happens when one is commissioned to provide a posthumous portrait. I have never yet done a portrait of a pet where I haven’t fallen in love with the subject, and handing over the finished work to the clients can be a moving experience. The love the owners had for the subject of this portrait, an English Bull Terrier, was obvious from the start, and it was really nice to meet them in person and hand over the framed portrait. The dog’s posture in the reference photo lent itself to a composition with strong lines and contrasting colours. The reference hinted at a certain nobility of character, I thought. His name, appropriately enough, was “Duke.”