Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The beginnings of my next dog portrait... This commission came about through another referral - so wonderful to receive work through word of mouth - a big thank you to all my clients for passing the word!

This beautiful dog had a lovely glossy coat - so the rendering on this portrait should be fun and eye catching. I really enjoy drawing in the fur - creating lights and shadows in the coat it really brings the portrait to life.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Here are the photos of the finished portrait. As you can see from the photos I tried to render in one of the horses lighter than the other - hopefully giving the ghost like effect my clients were looking for. It wasn't easy - I had to control the urge to darken my tones and shaded very gently.
I love to take on challenges with my work and this was certainly testing my skills. I hope Amber will like the finished portrait - I enjoyed creating this drawing for her.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Here are a few photos of my latest portrait. This portrait is large - 19" x 24" and portrays a young lady and her two beloved horses. One of her horses has passed away so I will be rendering him in with an almost ghost like feel - a gentler approach - it should make for an interesting piece! This portrait is going to be a Christmas present and I'm working hard to get it done in time for her to have it for Christmas.

It's definitely a challenge and an added challenge by adding a person in the portrait - but I love innovative portraits and I was happy to take this project on - I just hope that my client will be pleased with the finished result.

Sorry for the somewhat lacking photos - my light wasn't great for taking pictures - I assure you it's better in real life - I hope you like it?!

Friday, December 11, 2009

My latest dog portrait. I loved drawing this dog - the fur is so much fun to shadow and bring to life. I love my job and really enjoy what I do!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

To create this portrait I worked from 2 photographs. The reason for this was because each photo had different strengths and I wanted to incorporate the best from both to draw the best portrait I could for my client. 

This is Henry the Fjord. I have met him in person and he is a real sweetie. The photograph of the portrait does not do it justice - you need to see it in real life to appreciate the depth in the piece.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The finished watercolor painting of my beautiful horse Tristan. He was just a baby in this picture and it was a bright and beautiful winter snowy day. I'm pleased with the finished result - it's been a while since I have worked with watercolors and I really enjoyed painting this piece. I use only the highest quality paints Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolors on Arches Watercolor Press Paper. I hope you like it! 

Depending upon popularity of this piece I am considering making prints of the original and also Christmas cards.

The beginning stages of my watercolor painting. Watercolor is in my opinion the hardest medium to use - it is completely unforgiving - once you have put the paint down you have to act quickly to move it around the paper before it dries. It's also a bit of a guessing game as you never know what you'll get until you've applied the paint - the upside to this is that it makes for an exciting experience with many happy surprises.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I am very excited about my latest creative endeavour. This is my horse Tristan as a colt. I absolutely adore this photo and the photographer has kindly given me permission to make a painting from it! 

I am going to do it in watercolors as I think this will work best for this photograph. It's a wonderful Christmas scene and if the painting comes out well I may use the image for Christmas cards.

Stay tuned for updates!