Nala the bulldog

Meet Nala, the beautiful bulldog whose portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. The painting is 30×30 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched fine grain canvas. The painting was commissioned as a birthday present for Nala’s owner by his girlfriend.

detail of a dog portrait

The reference photograph was very detailed which is always a challenge as I strive to inject some originality into each portrait. The client was delighted with the finished painting:

Hi Ivana, This is amazing! I absolutely love it ?.  Thank you so much. I cannot wait to give it to my boyfriend now, June cannot come quick enough. Thanks, Michelle

The painting was posted to the UK and I hope Michelle’s boyfriend does like it when he receives it.

bulldog painting

I took some photos as I was working and some of the finished canvas.

Joey

This was a small acrylic painting of Joey who was sadly hit by a car. He is missed very much by his owner who just celebrated her birthday last week. Her daughter commissioned this portrait as a keepsake for her mum. The client was travelling abroad at the time of her mum’s birthday so she asked me to send the painting directly to her mum with a little card. I took a picture of the wrapped painting and you can see it below together with some work-in-progress photos.

acrylic pet portrait

The client was very happy with the finished painting:

Hi Ivana! I absolutely love it!! And really think my mother will too! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much, Grainne

The painting was the smallest size I work in, a 20 x 20 cm, painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I simplified the background and added some red and blue shading to compliment Joey.

Four Keeshonds Drawing

This was my first time to create a portrait of keeshonds. The client commissioned this drawing of his dogs as a keepsake. They were Ashia, Kody, Rambo and Sky. He was a little concerned about me capturing their likeness as they look so similar, but he was very happy with the result and wrote me a lovely email:

It looks fantastic I am really happy with it. Thank you very much again, you really captured them all really well. Regards, Eoghan

four dogs drawing

The drawing was a wide landscape so the dogs can be arranged beside each other. I wanted them to look as if sitting together. I worked from several photos to create the composition. I have included the photos below together with some detailed photos of the portrait. The drawing was 30 x 60cm in size drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. I worked with my favourite pencils by Staedtler in HB, 2B, 4B and 6B.

Darcy

Darcy is a beautiful golden labrador whose portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. She sadly passed away before Christmas. She was thirteen and with her owners from a puppy. The client commissioned her painting as a present for his wife. The painting is 50 x 50 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

golden lab portrait

I took my time painting Darcy’s portrait, applying thin washes to the background and more detailed layers of paint in the centre. I wanted her nose and eyes to be the focus.

Buster, Holly, Casey and Socks

This is a painting I worked on in January for a return client. I created a drawing of three of her dogs a year ago and since then the client rescued Socks. She wanted to include him in the portrait too and asked me to create an acrylic painting this time. The photos she gave me were excellent and it was a pleasure to create this painting. I worked in a wide landscape format of 30 x 90 cm, on stretched fine grain canvas. I used acrylic paints, working with only a few colours for harmony. The dogs are from left to right, Buster the collie, Holly the beagle, Casey the terrier and Socks the shorthaired pointer.

four dogs painting

I took some photos of the progress and the finished painting.

Jake and Sam

This portrait is another one commissioned for last Christmas. It was of two lovely dogs called Jake, the yorkshire terrier and Sam, the golden labrador. I had some good photos of Jake. Sam sadly passed a long time ago and I only had some small photos of him. The clients were very keen on showing both dogs together in one drawing for their father, so we made it work. It worked out quite well with Jake sitting up on the arm of the chair and Sam sitting beside, their heads being at the same level.

yorkie and labrador drawing

I worked with graphite pencils on paper in the size of 25 x 30 cm. I took a photo of the initial sketch and of the finished drawing which was mounted in a neutral coloured mount. The clients came to collect the drawing just before Christmas and they were very pleased with the result. I was delighted as I thought it worked out very well too 🙂

Axel and Kaiser

This is a painting of two rottweilers that I completed before Christmas. It was commissioned by their owner as a present for his partner. They are Axel and Kaiser. The painting was a large 50 x 60 cm in size painted with acrylics on fine stretched canvas. The client was very happy with the finished portrait:

Hi Ivana,

Oh my god i cant believe how well that has turned out. I am actually speechless!!!. My partner is going to love that. You have perfectly captured the two boys…

Richard

two rotties portrait

I took some photographs of the painting in progress and the finished piece.

Buster

Meet Buster, the beautiful boxer whose portrait I completed before Christmas. The drawing was 20 x 20 cm in size and drawn with coloured pencils on paper. I used Polychromos coloured pencils by Faber-Castell on Fabriano 5 paper with 50percent cotton. The photographs the client provided were very good and we decided to keep the background in monochrome.

white and brown boxer drawing

I love Buster’s pose, looking over his shoulder. The client asked me to brighten his eyes a little in the drawing. The drawing was commissioned for her father for Christmas, Buster being his much loved dog. She was delighted with the finished portrait and wrote me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, Oh my god it’s absolutely fantastic, it’s so realistic, given that you have never met Buster I can’t believe how true to character it is. I’m honestly so happy with it, I can’t thank you enough, it’s perfect….Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication, you truly have a remarkable talent…..Aimee

Lady and dog painting

lady and dog painting

I completed this portrait in December. It was a present for the lady pictured in the painting. I worked from one reference photo without making any major changes. The painting is painted in acrylic on fine grain canvas at 30 x 40 cm.

Molly’s painting

This is a painting of Molly, the beautiful springer spaniel whose portrait I worked on before Christmas. I was so busy, I haven’t been updating the blog, so I will try and catch up over the next few weeks. I worked on all sorts of commissions from dog portraits to people portraits, drawings and paintings alike.

springer spaniel dog portrait in acrylic

Molly’s painting was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s daughter. Molly has a damaged leg and keeps it folded when sitting. The client was very keen to show this in the portrait together with her squeaky toy bone. This brought a lovely splash of colour into the painting. The red blanket behind Molly tied it all together. I worked from several reference photos which was great as I could really capture Molly’s colouring and expression.

english springer spaniel painting

The painting is 25 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some pictures of the painting in process and the finished canvas.

The client was very happy with the painting and sent me a lovely email before and after she gave it to her daughter:

Thanks Ivana…Caitriona is going to be really thrilled as Molly is the light of her life. We all love her..and you have captured her so well..you have a gift for sure. Many thanks again for completing it so quickly..

Hi Ivana…Just to say Caitriona was over the moon  with the painting of Molly…many thanks again. Your work is lovely and the service first class..wishing you continued success and a very Happy Christmas

Mary