Christmas orders are in full swing now and I am working away to get all the portraits ready in time. I haven’t had the time to update the blog, so I will try and do that in the next few weeks.
This is a family portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. The portrait was commissioned as a birthday present for the mum in the picture by her husband. I had a lot of photographs to go by which made it much easier for me to capture everyone’s likeness.
The drawing was 20 x 30 cm in size drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I worked with Staedtler Lumograph 2B and 4B pencils mostly. The drawing was mounted in a neutral colour mount before it was collected by the client. I took some photos of the mounted portrait.
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.
I took some photos of the finished mounted 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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
I took some photographs when I was finished and the drawing was mounted. There is an image of the initial sketch too.
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.
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 🙂
I am including a detailed scan and the reference photo.
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 🙂
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.
Progress image 1
Portrait progress 2
Portrait progress 3
Portrait progress 4
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.