Ruth and Yogi

lady and dog painting detail This is the latest family portrait I completed this month. It was 60 x 60 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It captures the client’s wife and her beloved shepherd dog Yogi. She is an avid horse rider and brings Yogi with her when riding. The client, her husband, wanted to give her something special for their wedding anniversary. He was very pleased with the result. Because the canvas was quite large, I took photographs instead of scanning it. Unfortunately, they don’t do it justice when it comes to lighting and colour. I matched it as well as I could, but a lot of the brush strokes are not visible in the photo.
woman and dog portrait painting

client reference for a photo
client photo

Portrait Drawing

This is a portrait I completed for FBD. It is of Andrew Langford and it will be placed in the office with other similar portraits of previous managers. The drawing is 30 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I will be mounting and posting it tomorrow and I will take some photos of how it looks mounted.drawing of a man

I took some photos of the finished mounted portrait:

Father and Daughter Portrait

This portrait was completed a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed working on this painting. The colours in the photo are just beautiful and I wanted to capture the sunlight and the shadows it creates on the clothing and faces. The portrait features a father with his daughter at a skiing competition. The reference photo was a selfie as you can see from the arm reflected in the dad’s glasses.

father and daughter portrait

The painting is 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some photographs of the painting in progress and the finished painting too. I hope you all like it.

Three children

This is a portrait commissioned as a present for the children’s parents. The client, their grandmother, wanted to surprise her daughter with the drawing. The drawing is drawn with graphite pencils on paper 20 x 30 cm in size. The client was very happy with the result. I will be mounting the drawing before posting it off. The pose was very natural in the photo and I wanted to capture that in the drawing. I worked mostly with Staedtler pencils HB, 2B, 5B and 6B for the darkest areas. I usually start with an outline sketch in a HB pencil capturing the likeness of the people in the portrait, moving on to shading with softer pencils after. I hope you all like it ๐Ÿ™‚

three siblings portrait

I am now working on a new painting. It is a beautiful portrait of father and daughter. I will be posting the result later on this week.

 

Baby and chihuahua

I worked on this portrait a couple of weeks ago. It captures a lovely friendship between a baby and a chihuahua. The baby is Lauren and the dog is Ted. They are their family’s sweethearts and the drawing was commissioned as a present for Lauren’s christening. My client, Lauren’s grandmother, wanted to gift her son something very special to remember the day. The drawing is 20 x 25 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. Because both the dog and baby very quite pale, I decided to use a darker shaded background. I think it worked out quite well. The client was delighted with the result and thought her son will be too:

I’m sure they will be very happy with this portrait as they sent a video this morning with Lauren playing with Ted so I’m delighted I got you to commission this.

baby and chihuahua portrait

I took some photographs when I was finished and the drawing was mounted. There is an image of the initial sketch too.

The latest portrait

man portrait acrylic

This is the latest portrait to come off my easel. It is 35 x 45 cm in size and painted with acrylics on canvas. I worked on this one for a week. The photo didn’t offer a lot of detail, so I decided to loosen my style a little. For the background, I used a flat wash of a cool grey to compliment the skin tones.

reference photo

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 pictureย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Couple Painting

I finished this painting today. It is a lovely seaside view from Australia. This painting was commissioned by the lady in the picture as a wedding present for her husband to be. The painting is 20 x 30 cm in size and it is painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. The photo was just beautiful and the colours are very different to an Irish seascape. I wanted to capture the lovely deep reds and turquoise. Besides the usual burnt umber, yellow ochre and ultramarine, I used venetian red and cerulean blue for contrast.
couple-paintingcouple-portrait

Father Portrait

father portrait in graphite pencil

I have finished working on this portrait today. It is a graphite pencil drawing on Fabriano paper. The size is 25 x 35 cm. The portrait was drawn loosely with graphite pencils HB, 2B, 4B and 5B. I was working from an older photograph that was not very detailed, but because the photo was taken outside under sunny conditions, it gave the face some really lovely shadows. It also showed the features of the face very well. I think it worked out really well for a drawing in graphite. I hope you all like it. ๐Ÿ™‚