For this short tutorial, all you will need is a HB pencil, a sheet of paper and an eraser.
I had planned to paint this jaguar in oils, but in the end I decided pastels would be best to capture the soft fur and wisps of hair. I wanted to be sure to capture the richness of such a beautifully coloured coat in warm jungle lighting, without compromising on detail. As this is the… Continue reading Jaguar
People seem to either know nothing about Rory Gallagher or have an obsession with him. For those of you who fall into the first category, he was an Irish blues and rock musician and you should definitely look him up. I can be found in the latter category, my son is named Rory and only for my huband’s protests our daughter would have been called ‘Gallagher’.
It’s always a treat to paint or draw a horse or pony. I grew up completely obsessed with them, and their grace, strength and beauty was what first inspired me to spend way too much time drawing animals throughout my life! Here are some of my past horse and pony paintings and drawings.
The Furioso-North Star is a Hungarian breed named after its two foundation sires, North-Star and Furioso. Many thanks to Janina Suuronen for the use fo her fantastic reference photograph.
In between commissions, I’ve spent the past two weeks working on this pastel of my son Rory. Rory is not one for posing for photos or flashing a giant smile on request, so rather than a portrait of him smiling at the viewer I decided to capture him as he really is, studying a bird identification… Continue reading Rory
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.
With any original piece of art, it is highly recommended to use a professional framer and it is too easy to damage the artwork. If you decide to tackle framing yourself, here are some tips that may be useful…
Commissioning a portrait of more than one subject does not require a reference photograph of all subjects together. You may be lucky enough to have a perfect photo to use as a reference, but especially with pets and children, this is often completely impossible!
It has been so busy with Christmas commissions and charity portraits that I’ve noticed I have been finishing one portrait every weekday. I’ve set up a blog to document the paintings I’ve been finishing each day entitled, imaginatively ‘A Painting A Day.