Shih Tzu Portrait in progress

I’ve been working on this adorable Shih Tzu portrait in pencil for the last couple of days. His name is Ted and it is a comission from a client in Ireland. He is such a cute character and I am trying to translate this with graphite pencil on paper. The size is 8″ x 10″ and I am using Daler Rowney artists graphic pencils on Fabriano paper. I am hoping to have the portrait finished tomorow just in time for Christmas as this is a Christmas gift for the client’s friend.

The images are photographs and so are quite dark. The final image will be a scan and so will look very much like the original drawing.

Shih tzu pencil portrait on paper
Ted's portrait in progress - step 4
Shih tzu pencil portrait in progress
Ted's portrait in progress - step 3
Shih tzu portrait in pencil
Ted's portrait in progress - step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shih tzu pencil portrait in progress
Ted's portrait in progress - step 1

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Cards

I was asked to produce some Christmas card designs for a new online greeting cards company called MangoSalute. The decision was to produce fine art winter landscape paintings. Both paintings are in acrylic on paper to the size of 210mm x 297mm (A4). They will be both available as part of a Facebook greeting card application, so log in there and send some greetings! Happy Christmas all!

winter landscape painting as christmas card design

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Finished dog portraits – Pug

I finished Butter’s portrait today. I used graphite pencil for this, starting with a HB and finishing off with a 4B for dark areas and shadows. The background was left a little lighter to help the main subject – Butter – pop off the page. I added a horizon line which wasn’t in the reference photograph, to deepen the perspective and create a greater depth to the overall drawing. I think that worked quite well. I will add this portrait to the main gallery page soon with a detailed zoomed-in image.

Dog portrait in pencil of pug
Butter's final portrait

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Pug portrait in progress

I have progressed on the pencil drawing today finishing off Butter’s body. Progress image 3 is below. I will be adding some grass in the background, shadows on the ground and Butter’s body later on.

So far I have used a HB pencil. I will be moving on to 4B for added darkness.

dog portraits in pencil -  pug portrait in progress 3
Butter's portrait in progress 3

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Pug portrait in pencil

This is a new commission from a client in Ireland. It is a pencil drawing of a very cute pug called Butter. The client tells me he is a very happy little dog and walks around proudly and determined. I’m trying to show that in his portrait. The original photograph is quite dark so I am trying to lighten it all a little bit to show the folds of the skin and shiny fur. I have other reference photographs which helps a lot. I will be darkening all of it a little at a later stage when the background is finished.

The portrait is 8″ x 12″ in size. Below are two progress images and I will be finishing on this portrait in a couple of days so check back soon for updates.

Dog portrait in pencil - pug - dog portraits in progress
Butter's portrait in progress 2
Dog portraits in pencil - pug
Butter's portrait in progress 1

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Art in Progress

I added more detail to the gorilla’s face and eyes together with the background and some fur to the side. I am really enjoying this painting process. Wildlife is so precious, especially endangered species like the gorillas, such a majestic and beautiful creature.

I am applying acrylic paint in thin washes here. This gives the painting more depth and I can play with colours, using complimentary ones underneath. I will work on the nose and mouth next together with the rest of the fur.

Gorilla wildlife art
Gorilla painting - step 3

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Painting in Progress

The second step of gorilla wildlife painting. I applied a thin acrylic wash to create an underpainting. I wanted to be sure to mark in the shadows and highlights correctly. It has worked out quite well and I think it’s a good way of working. It is good to see the whole image before final detail is added. I think this gorilla is a great start for me in wildlife art. I will add more detail later on this week and post it then.

gorilla wildlife art in acrylic
Gorilla painting in progress - step 2

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Painting in Progress

This is my first wildlife painting – gorilla. I started it with a pencil sketch a while ago and didn’t return to it until today. It’s a fantastic pose for this monumental beast. He (I presume it is he) looks so majestic and powerful I had to put him down on canvas. I am using acrylic paints for this. This is the first step – a pencil sketch. I made sure to spend a bit of time on the sketch as I wanted to get the proportions right. The next step is a thin wash that I will apply throughout the canvas to block off shadows and highlights.
gorilla painting - wildlife art
Gorilla - step 1

 

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Greeting cards designs

Here are some greeting card designs I worked on during the week. They were developed for cardsmonster.com, a start-up online ordering greeting card company based in the UK. They will hopefully be available soon on their website. You can customize them, place and order and cards are delivered to you. I painted these with acrylics on acrylic paper.

christmas greeting card designsnowy landscape design for greeting cards

 

 

 

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Final scan of Grandmother portrait in graphite pencil

The Grandmother portrait is now finished. I have scanned it and I will add it to the gallery page very soon. It was hard work with all the detail especially of the skin and hair. I enjoyed every minute of it, wrinkles are so intricate and interesting. It changed the way I’m looking at age. It’s a great achievement to reach that old age and look so distinguished (in a very positive sense). Wrinkles add beauty and importance. Can you imagine the amount of experience you will have by the time you are of a certain age? That is where the beauty lies and we need to start looking at ageing as a positive change in life not a hindrance.

A few technical notes: A HB pencil was used throughout with the help of 2B and 4B pencils for darker areas and shadows. Erasers or blending tools were not used in this process. It took approximately 25 hours to complete this work. Reference photograph for this work is by ryzlak. The original drawing will be for sale on this site, just have a look in the original artwork section in Gallery. Prints and greeting cards are available from Fine Art America. For any questions, contact me here by posting a comment or through our contact page. I am looking forward to your comments.

And it’s onto the next one for me!

Grandmother portrait in graphite pencil

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