For Stanley’s portrait I worked from a fantastic reference photo taken by Gail Fogarty.
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.
By far the most common breed of dog I paint or draw is the Hungarian Vizsla. Here are 40 pictures I have completed in the past four years featuring 57 vizslas!
Based on the French verb gicler which means “to squirt or spray”, giclée printing involves squirting microscopic dots of specialist archival pigment ink onto high quality fine art paper with exceptional accuracy.
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.
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I want to show the journey of one dog in different stages, from a tiny newborn bundle of helpless wrinkles, to a bright-eyed, needle toothed puppy, all the way to a wise and sweet senior because at every stage of their lives they are the same dog, and it is as much of an honour to share their lives whether at puppy-hood, adulthood or when they’re grey-faced and perfect.
Unless I am drawing a large or complicated piece, I prefer to do a simple sketch first and then change or tweak anything I’m unhappy with as I add layers of pastel. Mia’s markings really threw me off with this one however, the white on her muzzle kept tricking me into thinking everything was crooked! You can make out the several faint pencil marks of previous attempts on this sketch.
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.
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…