French Bulldog

This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm.

The reference photograph for this portrait was quite blurred, but the large paper size allowed me to add in a higher level of detail.

Timelapse video of this portrait

Jonathan the Ginger Tabby

This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm.

Before adding any detail to Joseph’s portrait, I added a light coloured layer of pastel pencil to help keep as much light as possible throughout the portrait, as I always think Ginger Tabbies seem to have their own internal glow!

Click below to view a time-lapse of this portrait.

Jospeh, Pastel 16″ x 12″

Blending Tool

For anyone who draws with pastel, have you ever tried using a blending tool?

I find mine really great for areas of finer detail, the flat rubber or chamois end presses the pastel down and allows for much sharper detail. It’s not something I use all the time, I don’t find it useful for larger areas, or for landscapes or anything which needs that lovely pastel ‘fluffiness’ such as wisps of hair or coat texture, and it may not suit everyone’s style.

Below is a photo of mine, it’s had a lot of use, excuse the shabby state of it!.

Blending tool

For this portrait I have built up a couple of base layers with ivory pastel pencil (which is more like a light cream colour from Faber Castell) to bring lots of light in as Ginger Tabbies always seem to me to have their own inner glow. I won’t use the blending tool for the main areas of the coat, only finer details where I want the blending to be more accurate.

I also use a blending tool for some smaller portraits, especially if there is fine detail or intensity that I don’t want to lose. Rather than layering with lightly coloured base layers, I started with the darker colours, flattening each down with the flat end of the tool. It allows me to build up lots of fine layers without losing accuracy, which is especially important for a smaller portrait when there isn’t as much space to move and blend freely – this one measured 8″ x 6″ / 20 x 15cm. You can see a time-lapse from start to finish here:

Dogue de Bordeaux

This portrait measured 8″ x 6″ / 20 x 15cm and is drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pencil and Unison soft pastel on Daler Rowney Ingres Pastel Paper.

This was my first time drawing this beautiful breed, so I was really excited to start! With such a small paper size it was difficult to capture the finer details, so I used the more vibrant soft pastels to bring highlight the features.

Watch a time-lapse of this drawing.
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Reef the Hungarian Vizsla

Reef’s portrait measured 8″ x 6″ / 20 x 15cm and is drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres Pastel Paper.

I didn’t add a base of lightly coloured pastel to bring smoothness and light while starting this portrait as I would on a larger sized portrait because I wanted to avoid losing any intensity from the eyes and darkest areas. To build up layers, I have used the flat end of a blending tool to retain the darkest colours while still adding fine layers of pastel to allow both light and dark to come through. 

Watch a time-lapse of Reef’s portrait.

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Learn to Draw a Collie with Pencil

Learn to draw a collie with this four part video course.

Suitable for beginners, the materials required are pencils (I recommend 2H, HB and 9B), paper and a sharpener.

This courses teaches how to layout a drawing from scratch without any aids such as a grid or projection. It also delves into various drawing techniques such as capturing the angle of the head, retaining detail and life when working with dark coloured subjects and demonstrates hair.

Learn how to draw a Collie with Pencil with this four part course.

This course is available now on my Patreon Page or can be preordered on my website.

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A very Happy New Year to everyone! 2019 has been a really busy year, and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me. Your support through following this blog, interacting on social media or ordering artwork is hugely appreciated and allows me to continue working as an artist, I can’t thank you enough!

Bookings are now being taken for 2020 with an interest free weekly payment option available. Below is a gallery some portraits from 2019.


Pastel, 8” x 6” / 20 x 15cm

How familiar is this pose?!

Every time I sit down my Vizsla will plonk herself between my feet and look back at me with this expression. When I shared this portrait on social media, one follower called this the ‘why have you stopped scratching my ear’ look!

So often clients chose the best reference photographs and this was no exception. Although it wasn’t the clearest photograph available, it shows so much of the dog’s character that it allows for a portrait which captures not just the physical features and markings but also personality, movement and familiarity.

Grey Wolf Pastel Tutorial

Grey Wolf Pastel Tutorial

Learn to draw a Grey Wolf with pastel with this four part video course.

Part 1 – Layout Drawing

Learn to sketch freehand without the need for any grids or drawing aids.

Part 2 – Features

Learn to use patience and care to add realistic and characterful features.

Part 3 – Layering

Discover how to bring light and depth with pastel by layering and blending.

Part 4 – Detail and Texture

Learn to use layering and colour to capture the texture of the coat and add final details with a few simple techniques.

This course is also available on my Patreon page

See a preview on my YouTube channel
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