Bride and Groom Drawing

This drawing is 30 x 40cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I use mostly Staedtler pencils on Fabriano paper with cotton. I use a HB pencil to sketch the initial portrait and then work with 2B, 4B and 6B pencils. This was an interesting project with a lot of detail, including in the background. The photograph missed some detail so it was challenging to capture the bride and groom’s faces at such small scale, but the client was happy with the finished portrait.

wedding drawing

Harry

This is a portrait of a lovely bichon dog called Harry. The client commissioned his portrait as a present for her sister and her fiancee, Harry’s owners. The portrait is 25 x 30 cm in size and it is a coloured pencil drawing. The client wanted me to capture Harry’s soft colouring. She described him as a very cute and placid dog and I wanted to show this by making the overall portrait soft.

bichon dog portrait

The client was very happy with the finished drawing:

Hi Ivana,
Oh my god….that is amazing. They are going to love it!! Thank you soo much!…Just letting you know that the portrait arrived safe and sound today, thank you. It is fantastic and you are truly talented. You captured Harry perfectly!! Thank you soo much again. Jackie

Alfie and Oscar

This is a portrait drawing of Alfie, a black cocker spaniel, and Oscar, a king charles cavalier dog. It was commissioned by their owner as a keepsake. The drawing is in coloured pencils. I worked from a couple of photographs to create one portrait. The drawing was 25 x 30 cm in size.

dogs in coloured pencil

The client was pleased with the finished portrait:

That’s great, thank you very much. I received them in the post earlier.  I’m delighted!  You especially captured Oscar’s look.  Really pleased. Deirdre

Rossnowlagh Beach Painting

This painting was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s wife. Tom asked me to recreate a photograph of his wife’s favourite spot, Rossnowlagh Beach in county Donegal. The painting was 40 x 60 cm in size and painted with acrylics on fine grade stretched cotton canvas. There was a lot of detail in the photograph which gave me a lot to work with. I wanted to capture the vastness of the beach and create some depth with the mountains in the distance. I worked in a few thin layers of paint. The client collected the painting on his way home from a trip abroad. He was very happy with the finished painting and sent me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, the painting looks fantastic, brilliant job. and really impressive. This will make a great birthday present for my wife. Its a wonderful talent you have. Tom

acrylic painting of rossnowlagh beach in donegal

As usual, I took photos of the finished painting as it would hang on the wall. I am also including some close-up photos and the reference photograph I worked from.

Boy Painting

This painting was a present for the client’s partner. He provided me with a really detailed photograph so my most challenging job was to make it into a unique portrait. The painting was 30 x 40 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I layered colours to make the darks vibrant and warm.

acrylic portrait painting

I took some photos of the painting when finished. I am also including the reference photo.

Bride Portrait

This is a wedding portrait painting commissioned as an anniversary present for the bride in the image. The client, her husband, wanted to keep the same background as in the reference photo. It was a lovely photograph to work from with some strong lighting and wonderful colours in the background. The painting was 20 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on canvas. The client was delighted with the result and sent me a lovely email:

Wow I’m absolutely blown away by the painting, you’re so talented. I love it. Damien

wedding portrait

I took some photographs of the finished painting. It was quite a challenging portrait due to its small size. I used small brushes to capture the detail, especially in the bride’s face and dress. The shadows on her face were very interesting and really helped capturing her likeness.

A drawing of a flutist

This drawing was completed a couple of months ago. It was the forth portrait I completed for the client. The lady pictured is his daughter who is a professional musician. The photograph was taken in the eighties and the portrait was given to her as a birthday present in August. The client was delighted with the drawing.

flutist drawing

I worked from one hard copy photograph. We decided to keep the background white as it worked quite well. The drawing was 20 x 30cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. I mounted the drawing in a neutral coloured mount when finished. I took some photos of the finished drawing below.

Wedding couple drawing

This was an unusual commission I worked on a couple of months ago. The client asked me to create a drawing of her sister and her husband on their wedding day. She wanted me to capture them walking away specially to show the back of her sister’s wedding dress because she didn’t have a professional photo taken of it on the day. The client provided me numerous photographs of the couple which I pieced together to create a drawing. The portrait was 25 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils. I included some trees in the background.

wedding couple portrait

The client was pleased with the drawing and her sister was delighted:

Hi! Thanks so much for the image.. I received it today and it’s just amazing!!! My sister absolutely loves it!!! Thanks again! Louise

I am including some photographs of the finished drawing and the drawing in progress.

Leeson Street Building Drawing

I was commissioned to draw this building as a keepsake for the client and his wife. The drawing was drawn with graphite pencils on paper to the size of 30 x 40 cm. I removed some elements from around the building.

building drawing

I took some photographs of the finished drawing before and after I put it into a mount.

Couple Painting

I completed this painting at the end of May. The photograph is of the couple at their engagement party. The clients, the couple’s children, commissioned the painting as a 50th anniversary present. The photo was only available in black and white, and we decided to transform it into a monochrome painting in warm sepia tones. The clients were very pleased with the finished painting and wrote me a lovely email after gifting the painting to their parents:

Hi Ivana, we presented your painting to my parents this weekend and they were blown away. They thought it was an enlarged picture for the first half hour until they realised it was a painting. They love it and will treasure it. Many thanks again for your wonderful piece of work, Mary

sepia toned portrait painting

The painting is 50 x 60 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I used venetian red, burnt umber, ultramarine and titanium white. I kept things simple keeping some brushstrokes visible. The photo was quite small so details were minimal.