Ryan and Jenny portrait

This is the latest painting to come off my easel. I finished it over the weekend after working on it for almost two weeks. It is 30 x 40cm in size. Ryan is the little boy and Jenny is the lovely pony he is riding. The painting was painted with acrylics on canvas. I changed up the background a good bit from the reference photos. I added some blurry trees to inject colour into the portrait. It was commissioned as a present for Ryan’s Mum by his Dad. He was very happy with the portrait. I hope you all like it too 🙂

boy on a horse painting

I am including a detailed scan and the reference photo.

Wedding portrait

This is a lovely wedding drawing of two sisters and brother. It was commissioned as a present for their parents. The reference picture I worked from worked very well (photograph is by Tara Aherne). I removed some detail from the background and made it a little lighter. It was a lovely portrait to work on, I wanted to capture the happy moment. I hope I did 🙂

wedding portrait drawing of three siblings

wedding portrait drawing

The portrait was drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano paper, 35 x 25 cm in size. I used Faber-Castell graphite for this, 2B and 5B. I used to use 4B for most dark areas, but I have recently switched to a darker 5B as I am quite light handed when it comes to shading. It saves a bit of time as I don’t have to layer as much to achieve darkness. Below I am including some progress pictures together with the reference photo.

Wedding Portrait

wedding portrait drawing

I completed this portrait a few weeks ago and never got a chance to upload it here on the blog. The client – the bride pictured in the portrait – was very happy with the result. The drawing was a standard A4 size (20 x 30 cm). I worked with graphite pencils, HB to 5B, to create this drawing. The reference photo was very interesting, the fact that the light was behind the couple meant that their faces and any details on their clothes were not very visible. I lightened the shadows in places to create more detail in the bride’s dress. It was quite an intricate lace dress and I wanted this to be suggested in the portrait. I also brightened the bride’s hair and flowers.

The portrait was given to the client’s husband as a first anniversary gift.

I am now working on a painting of a lovely Chihuahua called Molly. It will be finished in the next couple of days, so check back to see how it turns out.

I am now booked up until the end of October, so if you are thinking of gifting someone with a very special portrait for Christmas, please order as soon as you can.

Donal Og Cusack montage portrait

I worked on this portrait a week ago. It was commissioned by the Gaelic Players Association as a gift for Donal Og’s retirement. They wanted a montage portrait that would show Donal Og throughout his career both as a player and as a manager. The centre of the portrait is Donal Og holding his hurley. We decided to work the main image in coloured pencil for it to stand out. The rest of the images were drawn in graphite pencil.

Montage portrait in graphite pencil hurling player
Montage portrait of Donal Og Cusack

I used Polychromos coloured pencils and Faber Castell graphite pencils on Fabriano 5. The drawing was sprayed with a fixative as usual. This is to prevent smudging when scanning and posting. I am including a more detailed image of the scanned centre portrait of Donal Og.

Donal Og montage portrait in graphite pencils