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Charcoal Portrait of Ben, Ruby, Mable and Ruby - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Ben, Ruby, Mable and Ruby - From Start to Finish

This four-piece commission was commissioned by Richard for his girlfriend Sue's birthday. As there were three dogs and a cat to draw Richard and I decided it was best to draw four separate portraits rather than squeeze all four pets into one drawing. I finished the commission off with a lovely bespoke frame with a midnight blue velvet-look mount. It took around five months to complete and whilst I was working on the commission Ruby sadly passed away so her portrait became even more special for Sue. Richard and Sue were both delighted with the finished piece and hung it...


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.


Charcoal Portrait of Gamble The Westie - From Start to Finish

Charcoal Portrait of Gamble The Westie - From Start to Finish

  This month's "Start to Finish" piece is Gamble the little Westie. Christine and Rob commissioned me to do this charcoal portrait for their friends Clive and Dilys after Gamble sadly passed away. I did Gamble in A3 size and he took around 15 hours to complete.   

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