News from the Warren! — animal portrait
Tristan commissioned me to draw this charcoal portrait of the adorable Maple for his girlfriend Claire for Valentine's Day... isn't she sweet?! Because she's so light and fluffy looking I used a mixture of light and medium charcoal for her fur and then dark charcoal to get some more dramatic detail around her gorgeous big eyes and nose. She was done as a medium sized sketch and she took around six hours to draw. I put her in a blue mount as that is Claire's favourite colour and Tristan also asked me to frame her in a white frame. See...
I drew this portrait of the very sweet Phoebe for Sandra after she won Your Cat Magazine's Christmas 2017 Advent Calendar Competition. She was drawn as a medium sized charcoal sketch portrait and took around seven and a half hours to complete. Sandra and I thought that the black mount would work best to finish her off as it is the most striking. See Phoebe's portrait develop in the video:
This portrait of Bella and Tess (chocolate and black labradors) was for one of Claire from Jets Doggy Care Centre's customers. I really enjoyed this one as there's so much character in their faces! I drew them from two separate photographs so I just had to make sure that they were the right sizes! Claire asked me to draw the portrait as a small portrait sketch - it took around five hours and I finished it off with an off-white textured mount.
The adorable and fluffy Hadley and Hudson were commissioned by Claire at Jets Doggy Day Care who wanted another Christmas gift for a customer. Claire managed to send me a photo of the two brothers together so I just moved them a bit closer to one another and improvised on Hadley's tail in order to get them to fit into the smaller portrait size. I was really pleased with how they turned out. They took around five hours to complete.
I drew George and Ozzy for Claire from Jets Doggy Day Care - it was another Christmas gift for one of her customers. I love the photo she gave me - George and Ozzy are so different and their individual characters really shine through! I did the drawing as a small portrait sketch and it took around four and a half hours to complete. The off-white textured mount finishes it off really nicely I think.