I have just completed a pastel portrait of this beautiful cat with striking markings and vivid olive eyes. I had the pleasure of meeting her to take reference photos and she had a lovely, sweet nature and sat very patiently whilst I clicked away interminably with my camera! Her name is Lola.
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.”
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!