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.
I started with a simple sketch with a light coloured pastel pencil, then drew over the lines I wanted to keep with a darker colour.
I then put down a layer of ivory coloured pastel pencil and added a few more layers on top to ensure a smooth base. I added the base colours of her eyes, nose and some darker areas of her face.
Once I was sure of the main structure of her face I could add in some detail on the darker areas, leaving the lightest areas to the very end.
After all detail had been added with a pastel pencil, I then used a soft pastel to add in the richest colours.
Hettie’s portrait was created with Faber Castell pastel pencil and Unison soft pastel on Daler Rowney Ingres pastel paper. It is available as a fine art giclee print.
This portrait will be printed onto tote bags in the near future, also it will be available as a Gesso Print. To keep up to date, or for a 10% discount on all products and commissions, subscribe to my mailing list.