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Charcoal Portrait of Buzz and Dory the Black Labradors - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Buzz and Dory the Black Labradors - From Start to Finish

This lovely portrait of Buzz and Dory was commissioned by Claire from Jets Doggy Day Care for one of her favourite customers and close friends. I did the portrait as a medium sized portrait sketch using two separate images of Buzz and Dory and it took me around eight hours to complete. I was really pleased with the finished piece - black dogs can sometimes be quite hard to capture in charcoal but I love how this turned out! Claire and her husband Nigel were delighted with the finished article and so were the recipients of the drawing. See the...


Charcoal Portrait of Sparrow the Wire Haired Dachshund - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Sparrow the Wire Haired Dachshund - From Start to Finish

  Sparrow was my second commission from the lovely Sue - she had previously asked me to draw her greyhound Mollie who had sadly died in 2017. After Sparrow gave birth to puppies in late 2017, her owner who was a friend of Sue's kindly gave one of them to Sue after she lost Mollie. Sue wanted me to draw a portrait of Sparrow to give her friend as a thank you gift. Sparrow was such a pleasure to draw - just look at those soulful eyes! I drew her as a medium sized portrait sketch and displayed her in...


Charcoal Portrait of Joey and Scruffy - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Joey and Scruffy  - From Start to Finish

Little Joey and Scruffy were another commission for one of Claire's customers (at Jets Doggy Day Care). They were both quite challenging to draw but in opposite ways. Joey has a dark coat which can sometimes make getting detail across rather difficult in charcoal. The very aptly named Scruffy on the other hand is a Westie - Westies are probably one of the hardest dogs to draw in charcoal as they are white and it's therefore quite tough to get the detail in without making them look too dark! It took me around eight hours to complete this portrait which...


Charcoal Portrait of Mollie the Greyhound - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Mollie the Greyhound - From Start to Finish

Sue asked me to draw the beautiful Mollie for her son Ollie for Christmas 2017 as she had unfortunately died very suddenly earlier in the year. I recommended using this photograph of her looking at the camera as her face is so full of character and it really makes you focus on her gorgeous eyes. I drew Mollie as a medium sized portrait sketch and she took around fifteen hours to complete. “Ollie absolutely loved the picture. A Big Hit, Thank You.” S. Winslade


Charcoal Portrait of Pete the Horse - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Pete the Horse - From Start to Finish

I drew Pete for Alison who wanted a very special gift for her bridesmaid Yulia. Watch the video below to find out more:     “Pete was a gift to a dear friend who had lost him the year before. Emma captured his details so well that when my friend opened the gift she was very emotional - the likeness to Pete was incredible, the drawing captured his unique personality and it is a gift that will be treasured for a long time, thank you so much!” A. Boyes