Pet Portraits Portfolio

A selection of my recent pet portraits and animal art projects can be seen below.
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Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Ira
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait, Ira, Let it Snow

Enjoying the moment and in her element, beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, Ira, in the snow… The reference photo for this portrait was kindly provided by my dear friend from Norway, Nina Bless, and I've been looking forward to working with it for such a long time. Let...

Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait - Yuma
Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait – Yuma

Welsh Springer Spaniel Yuma was one of the shortlisted finalists in my 2016 Favourite Photos competition. I'm so pleased that I had the opportunity of drawing a portrait of this beautiful little spaniel. His lively eyes and attentive expression captivated me from the first moment I saw...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Ruger
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Ruger

Bernese Mountain Dog, Ruger, was one of the shortlisted finalists in my 2016 Favourite Photos competition. I love this boy's calm, regal bearing and was delighted to be able to draw his portrait. Ruger's portrait was drawn on pale blue Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Mako
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Mako

Bernese Mountain Dog, Mako, a surprise birthday commission for his dad. Mako's portrait was drawn on brown Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and details...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Jesse
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait, Jesse

Bernese Mountain Dog, Jesse, was one of my favourite commissions of 2016, and being a Christmas surprise it was months before I could share a photo of his portrait. Jesse's portrait was drawn on anthracite Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Bernie
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait, Bernie

Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernie. Bernie's portrait was drawn on natural Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was built up using Faber Castell...

Fawn - Cow Portrait
Cow Portrait – Fawn

A pet portrait with a difference. Favourite heifer Fawn was a surprise Christmas portrait commission and my first foray into cows and cattle, but such fun to draw and I suspect I'll be revisiting this theme in the coming months. Fawn is a red and white Simmental....

Portrait of Cairn Terrier Dave
Cairn Terrier Portrait – Delightful Dave

Cute Cairn Terrier, Dave, was an absolute delight to have on my drawing board. The dark grey Pastelmat provides a soft, warm background colour that works beautifully with the tones in his coat. Dave's portrait was hand drawn using Caran D'Ache and Faber Castell artists pencils. This...

Golden Retriever Dog Portrait - Shiloh
Golden Retriever Portriat – Shiloh

In memory of beautiful Golden Retriever Shiloh, this dog portrait was commissioned by a very thoughtful son for his mum as a Christmas surprise. Shiloh's memorial portrait was drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils on dark grey Pastelmat, the soft grey-brown colour worked well...

German Shepherd Portrait - Koda
German Shepherd Portrait – Koda

In memory of sweet German Shepherd, Koda, This sweet girl's portrait was drawn on natural Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was...

Leonberger Portrait - MacBeth
Leonberger Portrait, MacBeth

Gentle Giant Leonberger, MacBeth, was the winner of my 2016 Favourite Photos competition and an absolute delight to have on my drawing board. MacBeth's portrait was drawn on brown Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once...

West Highland Terrier - Alfie
West Highland Terrier Portrait – Alfie

West Highland White Terrier, Alfie. This cheeky little Westie's portrait was drawn on pale blue Pastelmat using Caran D'Ache and Faber Castell artists pencils. This cute dog portrait was a Christmas commissions this year and had to be kept secret for several weeks until it had been framed and gifted.   "Very very pleased, I'm...

Jack Russell Terrier Harvey
Jack Russell Terrier Portrait – Harvey

A memorial portrait in memory of sweet little Jack Russell Terrier, Harvey. Harvey's family had to say goodbye to him very suddenly and his portrait was commissioned by a friend. He was drawn on natural Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils,...

Skarlett-Kodiak
Bernese Mountain Dogs – Skarlett & Kodiak

Bernese Mountain Dog Skarlett and Bernese puppy Kodiak. One of my favourite pet portraits of the year so far. Drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache pencils on Pastelmat. Kodiak's bottom and tail were missing on the reference photo but added in to the finished portrait. The sunburst...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Loki
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Loki

Bernese Mountain Dog, Loki. Loki's portrait was drawn on pale blue Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was built up using...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Ted
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Ted

Bernese Mountain Dog, Ted, is the subject on my drawing board this week. I've been using graphite pencils again, instead of colours to create this birthday portrait of my studio buddy. Ted's portrait was drawn just before his 6th birthday, although he's a couple of years younger in...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait - Jess
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Jess

This week I've been using graphite pencils instead of colours to create this portrait of my studio buddy, Bernese Mountain Dog,  Jess. This sassy little fruit loop is a rabbit chasing, fox-poo rolling, pheasant catching, sofa surfing, life-loving sweetheart with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Jess' portrait...

toffee-cat
Ginger Tabby Cat Portrait – Toffee

It's been lovely to have a ginger tabby cat portrait on the drawing board this week. I adore the rich colours and soft depth of Toffee's coat and really enjoyed creating this portrait of him. Toffee is drawn on A3 Pastelmat using a foundation of Faber Castell Albretch...

Bernese Mountain Dog Portraits
Bernese Mountain Dogs Ronja & Skorpan

Matching portraits of Bernese Mountain Dogs, Ronja and Skorpan, were drawn on anthracite Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was built up using...

Pop Art Golden Retriever
Zoe’s Journey & Animal Health Trust

Zoe's Journey raises funds on behalf of Animal Health Trust for canine cancer research. Incredibly, in just one year, the supporters of Zoe's Journey have raised almost £50,000 for AHT. When founder Jayne May contacted me late last year I was delighted to gift a dog portrait commission to be offered at...

Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait - Whistler
Welsh Springer Spaniel Portrait – Whistler

Wonderful Whistler the Welsh Springer Spaniel made a return to my drawing board for a close-up head study. I have previously drawn a full body portrait of this stunning dog. Whistler's portrait was hand drawn using Caran D'Ache and Faber Castell artists pencils on natural Pastelmat. I rather suspect...

Cat Portrait Nimbin
Cat Portrait – British Blue – Nimbin

I don't often seem to have the opportunity of drawing pet cat portraits, but whenever I do I am utterly captivated by their eyes, and this handsome feline was no exception. Blue British Shorthair cat, Nimbin was such a handsome puss. He is fondly remembered...

Golden Retriever Portrait - Oscar
Golden Retriever Portrait – Oscar

There is something special about being trusted with a portrait of an elderly pet. This much loved veteran, Golden Retriever Oscar, has made a return visit to my drawing board after being drawn from a different photo last year. This time the portrait has captured his gentle and watchful gaze. Oscar's portrait...

Pop Art Dog Portraits
Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait – Kona

Bernese Mountain Dog Kona is fondly remembered by photographer Jill Bingham Daniels who kindly gave permission for me to use this photo as a portrait reference. Kona's happy relaxed expression captures the spirit of Bernese for me and I have produced both a painted portrait and a...