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.
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…
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.
Bix’s portrait was commissioned by as a birthday gift, so I’ve had to be very secretive about sharing any updates in case I spoiled the surprise. He is a gorgeous Viszla, and although the client sent a number of photographs this was her favourite and mine too, as it really shows his gentle nature andContinue reading “Bix the Hungarian Vizsla”
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.
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.