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Charcoal Portrait of Ben The Cat - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Ben The Cat - From Start to Finish

This charcoal cat portrait of the very handsome Ben was commissioned by Richard for his girlfriend Sue's birthday. He was part of a four-piece commission (lucky Sue!) which also included three dogs. I was busy working on it for about five months! Watch this space for the other portraits in this commission!  


Charcoal Portrait of Bailey Boo The Cavachon - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Bailey Boo The Cavachon - From Start to Finish

  Our "Start to Finish" piece this month is little Bailey Boo! He is a Cavachon and was commissioned by Rosie as a Christmas present. I did Bailey Boo's charcoal portrait as a sketch and mounted him in a tan mount and used a white frame to complete him!


A Fluffle of Bunnies! And Other Strange and Funny Collective Animal Names...

Emma Gorton

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A Fluffle of Bunnies! And Other Strange and Funny Collective Animal Names...

  I found out recently that a group of rabbits or hares is sometimes referred to as a “fluffle”. How adorable is that?! It got me thinking about all the strange names we have in the English language for animal groups and where they originate from. It has been said that many of these names date back to the fifteenth century and an essay on hunting entitled ‘The Book of St Albans’, written by Juliana Berners. I think that she must have had a great sense of humour! Some of them are amusing (“A Cauldron of Bats”), some spot-on (“A...


Charcoal Portrait Of Badger The Jack Russell - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait Of Badger The Jack Russell - From Start to Finish

  This month's "Start to Finish piece is of the very dashing Badger! I received this charcoal portrait commission from Rona who was looking for a special Christmas present for her daughter. This pet portrait was done as a small sketch.   


Charcoal Portrait Of Danny The Horse - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait Of Danny The Horse - From Start to Finish

This month's "Start to Finish" piece is of a very handsome horse named Danny! I completed his charcoal portrait in November for a Christmas gift. He was done as an A3 sized piece and took around 20 hours to finish. He took a bit longer than normal as I had the added complication of removing his head collar from the picture.