I don’t generally like to use past portrait commissions for prints or products as they are so personal to somebody, so I requested help with sourcing some reference photos on my social media pages. Even though I have lots of Hungarian Vizsla products a Wire Haired Vizsla was missing, and was one of the breeds suggested which I thought was a great idea. Hettie’s mum put forward this great photo to use as a reference. Continue reading
We have introduced a range of dog breed tote bags. So far we have a Hungarian Vizsla, Black Labrador Retriever, Border Collie and an English Springer Spaniel.
I absolutely loved Mia’s reference photograph, in addition to being well lit and clear, it really captured her expression and personality. Continue reading
I started with a simple, very faint sketch in blue pastel. Once I was happy with the layout, I then added a layer of ivory colour for the background with Faber Castell pastel pencil to create a smoother surface for blending. Continue reading
Framing pastel artwork
Pastel is notoriously delicate, the slightest rub can destroy a pastel artwork, and the only assured way to protect it is to frame safely behind glass. Continue reading
As portraits, especially pet portraits, can rarely be done from life a huge part of creating a portrait that a client will love is choosing the right photograph.
Source: Choosing the right photograph
Extra Small – 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10 cm
As a general guide a 8″ x 6″ size is suitable for a single pet’s head and shoulder portrait: Continue reading
It can be difficult to decide whether or not to include a background when commissioning a painting or drawing. Here are five different background options. Continue reading