Pet Portraits Portfolio

A selection of my recent pet portraits and animal art projects can be seen below.
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Norfolk Terrier Portrait – Hattie

Pet Portrait of the week is this sweet little Norfolk Terrier, Hattie. Commissioned on Anthracite Pastelmat to provide an excellent contrast for the soft, subtle tones and colours in her coat. Hattie was traditionally hand drawn using a combination of Faber Castell & Caran D'Ache artists pencils.     In...

Bernese Mountain Dogs Portrait
Bernese Mountain Dogs

This portrait brings together five Bernese Mountain Dogs owned and loved at different times. The central subject Platzli was first to arrive and where the passion began. He paved the way for Big Pete and Otto at the top of the composition, who in turn passed...

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Cocker Spaniels Portrait

Cocker Spaniels Freddy & Harry Commissioned as a very special birthday gift, this pet portrait brings together two much loved dogs who lived years apart. Freddy is still very much in his prime and loving life, whilst Harry, loved throughout his life,  sadly passed away over ten...

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait

Pet Portrait of the week is this cute little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Hand drawn on white Pastelmat using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. A tutorial of this dog portrait will be available soon....

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Italian Spinone Portrait – Appie

Pet Portrait of the week is handsome Italian Spinone 'Appie'. Originally bred as a versatile Italian gun dog, the Italian Spinone is also known as the Italian Griffon, Italian Wire-haired Pointer or Italian Coarsehaired Pointer. This is the first Spinone portrait commission I have undertaken and I've...

Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait
Welsh Springer Spaniel – Dido

Pretty Welsh Springer Spaniel Dido Hand drawn on brown Pastelmat using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils. Welsh Springers have been a recurring theme on my drawing board this year. A mellow, warm, grey-brown background was chosen to compliment the rich copper tones and contrast with the...

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Black Labrador Portrait – Sula

Beautiful Black Labrador, Sula This portrait of Black Labrador dog, Sula, was produced on pale bluePastelmat using Faber Castell, Derwent and Caran D'Ache artists pencils To commission a hand drawn portrait or painting of your Labrador, or other dog, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Save Save Save...

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Golden Retriever Portrait – Lucy

Beautiful Golden Retriever, Lucy. Lucy fell on her feet when she was rescued some eight years ago, her exact age isn't known but it is estimated that she's around fourteen years old now. A grand old age for a lovely Golden Oldie. Produced on dark grey Pastelmat using Faber...

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Welsh Springer Spaniel – Senna

Beautiful Welsh Springer Spaniel Senna This memorial portrait was commissioned in memory of a much loved Welshie. The reference photo chosen for her portrait was taken in her younger days. Hand drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils on Pastelmat. Save Save Save...

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Black Cow Portrait – Blue Moo

Blue Moo was inspired by a photograph, taken by my good friend Sophie Boleyn, of a handsome black cow literally gleaming blue in the sunshine. The lighting and contrast instantly captivated me and the working title stuck as the colour palette developed. Blue Moo was produced on...

Miniature Schnauzer Portraits
Miniature Schnauzer Portraits – Shamus & Bentley

Miniature Schnauzers Shamus and Bentley A matching pair of portraits featuring Miniature Schnauzer pals Shamus and Bentley. Hand drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils on Pastelmat. Save Save Save...

Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait
Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait – Dill

Another Christmas gift dog portrait commission can now be revealed, introducing Welsh Springer Spaniel, Dill I really enjoyed working on the portrait of this handsome young Welshie. The rich colours of the Welsh Springer's coat are always a joy to recreate. Hand drawn using Faber Castell and...

Portrait of Wirehaired Dachshund Dog
Wire Haired Dachshund Portrait – Ludo

Another Christmas gift dog portrait commission can now be revealed, introducing Wire-Haired Dachshund Ludo. This sweet little wire coated Dachshund has such a bright, alert expression. I really enjoyed working on this pet portrait. Hand drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils on Pastelmat. Save...

Miniature Schnauzer Portrait, Irish Terrier Portrait
Miniature Schnauzer & Irish Terrier Portrait

A recent double subject dog portrait commissioned as a gift for Christmas. This hand drawn portrait of two dogs, best buddies Miniature Schnauzer Archie and Irish Terrier Ralph, was complied from several reference photos provided by their owner. At 20x16" (40x50cm) this pet portrait was the largest...

Long Haired Dachshund Dog Portrait - Betty
Long Haired Dachshund Portrait – Betty

The first of this year's Christmas gift pet portrait commissions to be revealed is Long-Haired Dachshund Betty. This pretty little black and tan Dachshund has such a sweet expression coupled with those adorably expressive eyes - she certainly ranks highly among my favourite dog portrait projects...

Alaskan Malamute Dog Portrait
Alaskan Malamute Portrait

Dog portrait of the week has been this majestic Alaskan Malamute against a soft snow background. For this dog portrait project I used a combination of drawing and painting techniques, using watercolour pencils to form a foundation for the dog and to create the soft blurred...

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Golden Retriever Portrait – Hera

Beautiful Golden Retriever, Hera is much a missed and fondly remembered dog. Her legacy lives on in her offspring and I'm honored to have been asked to preserve her memory with this pet portrait. The reference photo chosen for this hand drawn portrait shows Hera when she...

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Portrait
Jack Russell Terrier Portrait

I've been looking forward to working on this Jack Russell Terrier portrait for some time. Such a cheerful, cheeky character with a huge personality, real sense of humour and a mischievous glint in his eye. When choosing reference photos to work from I'm always looking for a...

Hungarian Viszla Pet Dog Portrait Reg
Hungarian Viszla – Reg

The portrait of this handsome dog was commissioned as a birthday surprise. I really enjoyed working on this pet portrait. The soft grey-blue background gently contrasts with the golden reds and coppery oranges in the stunning Hungarian Viszla coat. Watercolour pencils were used to create an under-painted...

Bernese Mountain Dogs Dashing Through the Snow
Dashing Through The Snow

Summing up the spirit of Bernese Mountain Dogs so perfectly, this pet portrait features mother and daughter Carla and Zavannah 'Dashing Through the Snow' - Just add glitter for the perfect Bernese Christmas card...

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Pet Portrait – Golden Retriever Dog, Honey

[caption id="attachment_17329" align="alignleft" width="400"] Pet Portrait of Golden Retriever Dog, Honey[/caption] Portrait of pet dog, Honey, a beautiful Golden Retriever. Dogs make such wonderful pet portrait subjects, their expressive eyes reveal gentle souls, playful characters and caring companionship. They seem to communicate and speak volumes without uttering a...

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Dog Portrait – Bernese Baron

This pet portrait of Bernese Mountain Dog Baron is based on a photo, taken by his owner, that I've been looking forward to working from for some time. I love the energy and zest for life that was captured in this photo and enjoyed the artistic challenge...

Gordon Setter Dog Portrait
Dog Portrait – Gordon Setter

This Gordon Setter dog portrait is drawn on heavy weight black cartridge paper using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils. I love the way that this handsome and regal looking black and tan dog is lit against a black background and originally worked on this...

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Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Baron

Dog Portrait of the day, Bernese Mountain Dog, Baron. Ever since my first attempt at finger painting with oil paints earlier this year I have planned to revisit both this reference photo and this technique, applying lessons learned during my first 'finger-painting-play-day'. Yesterday felt like a...

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Golden Retriever Portrait – Monti

Pet Portrait of the Week: Golden Retriever, Monti. Based on a reference photo taken by his owner, this handsome dog is enjoying a moment of meditation, inhaling the frosty air under softly falling snow. What a wonderful image of a much loved pet to capture and preserve in...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portraits - Bella
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Bella

Bernese Mountain Dog, Bella, is the pet portrait subject on my easel this week. Bella's portrait was commissioned as a surprise birthday gift. Her cheerful expression has been a real tonic in the studio and although I had a couple of superb alternative photos to work from while...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Lily
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Lily

Pet portrait of the week is pretty Bernese Mountain Dog Lily, although technically she was on the easel last week. This week I've been away from the studio and enjoying a few days at the seaside with my own Bernese 'Bears'. Lily was drawn on natural Pastemat using...

Irish Water Spaniel Portrait - Boris
Irish Water Spaniel – Boris

Pet Portrait of the Week is Boris, an Irish Water Spaniel. Boris is the first really curly coated dog I've been commissioned to draw or paint and getting to grips with his coat has been a real learning curve. Rather than Liver, like a Springer...

Boxer Dog Jack Portrait
Portrait of Boxer Dog – Jack

Boxer dog Jack is fondly remembered and greatly missed. This handsome Boxer boy sadly lost his battle with cancer at a very young age. Earlier this year I offered a pet portrait, to be drawn or painted from photos, as a prize in a charity auction held by Zoe's Journey...

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Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Blue

Bernese Mountain Dog Blue is a sweet, handsome, mellow boy who was home-bred and named Blue Northern after a winter storm in the western US. At eight and a half years old Blue's health isn't as robust as it once was, but this dream of...