Drawing of Lily

This is a drawing of Lily, the beautiful springer spaniel whose portrait I worked on in September. It was commissioned as a present for Lily’s owner by his wife. She wanted me to capture Lily in her element outside with a backdrop of the hills she lives close to a loves to hunt in. The photograph I worked from was lovely and had a lot of detail for me to explore in the drawing. The client decided to go with a pencil drawing which worked really well with the photo. The drawing is 20 x 20 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils HB to 8B.

springer spaniel portrait

The client was very happy with the drawing and sent me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, wow it looks amazing! You have really captured Lily and the background is so perfect, just like home. I can’t wait to see it, Paula.

Below are some progress photos and the reference photo.

Four Dogs Painting

This is a portrait I worked on back in August. I am still playing catch-up with my blog 🙂 The painting is 30 x 40 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It was commissioned by a return client. The painting was a gift to the clients’ friends who she was visiting in France. I worked from four reference photographs that I am including below. The client was very pleased with the finished painting. It was a lovely painting to work on, the dogs being so different. We opted for a montage type composition with a simple shaded background.

portrait painting

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

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.

Blacky

This is a painting of Blacky that I completed in January. It was commissioned by her owner as a birthday present for her mum. The painting was small in size, at 18 x 24 cm. It was painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

black and white cat portrait

The client was very happy with the result and sent me a lovely email when she received the painting:

Hi Ivana, I’m just emailing to let you know that the painting arrived today! You are an extremely talented artist, the painting is absolutely stunning and looks exactly like Blacky. The painting will mean so much to my Mum, I cannot wait to surprise her with it!

Once again, thank you so much!! I wish you all the best, Isabel

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 🙂