Labrador puppy pencil portrait

I am working away on this puppy pencil portrait. I am working left to right as always so as not to smudge as I draw. The base drawing goes down first and when the whole area is covered, I will go over the details and make sure it matches the photograph. This portrait is working out quite well, I love the puppy’s expression. I got sidetracked with other duties, so it is taking much longer than I thought, but I am getting there. Below are next two steps in the pet portrait painting process.

labrador puppy pencil portrait work in progress
Labrador puppy pencil portrait - step 4
Labrador puppy pencil portrait work in progress
Labrador puppy pencil portrait - step 3

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Labrador Puppy portrait

This is a new pencil portrait I’ve been working on. It is of a very cute labrador puppy. The pet portrait is in graphite pencil on 160g cartridge paper and it is an A4 size (8″ x 12″). I’m using my usual mix of graphite HB and 4B pencils. I hope to finish it in a couple of days and I will keep on posting the progress images as I’m working. Below are first two steps. I decided to draw a very dark background so that the sunlit fur shows off pretty well.

Labrador puppy pet portrait in pencil
Labrador puppy pet portrait in pencil - step 2
Outline drawing of a puppy portrait in pencil
Labrador puppy pencil pet portrait - step 1 outline

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Jack Russell Terrier Pencil Portrait

This is the final scan of Neeka’s pencil portrait. Neeka is a Jack Russell terrier and I drew her portrait in graphite pencil on 200g Fabriano paper. I took some photographs of the final portrait in a mount and I will post them here soon.

Jack Russell Terrier pencil portrait
Jack Russell Terrier Portrait in pencil

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Jack Russell Terrier Portrait

I finished another pet portrait in pencil. This one is of an adorable Jack Russell Terrier called Neeka. Below are progress images together with a little detail of her face. I will post the final scan tomorrow.

The drawing is on 200g Fabriano paper using Staedtler and Daler-Rowney artist graphite pencils HB, 2B and 4B. Hope you enjoy it and if you would like to commission a portrait of your beloved pet, just contact me on info@trueimage.ie.

There is more examples in the gallery section.

Humboldt Penguins painting

Just finished this Humboldt penguins painting today. It’s painted with acrylic on stretched deep canvas of 12″ x 16″. The sides are painted too, so it is ready for hanging.

Humboldt penguins painting in acrylic on canvas
Humboldt penguins painting in acrylic on canvas

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Penguins painting in progress – Wildlife Art

Here are progress pictures of the penguins painting I’ve been working on. It’s taking much longer than I anticipated, but I think it’s turning out quite well. I will have a final scan ready today and I will post it later.

Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 2
Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 2
Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 3
Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 3
Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 4
Humboldt penguins painting in progress - step 4

 

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Humboldt Penguins Wildlife Painting

I started working on this portrait this week. The work is developing from a series of photographs taken by me in the Dublin ZOO last June. They are such an inquisitive pair, very curious indeed. These penguins are Humboldt Penguins, their natural habitat being the shores of Chile and Argentina. So they are not used to the snow at all. I’m placing them in their natural habitat on the shores showing the red rocks of South America. I felt they will look more at home than in the ZOO surroundings, although they did look very happy there too. Below is a step 1 of the painting process. I am hoping to have it finished by the end of this week. The painting is 12 x 16 inches in size and I am using acrylics.

Wildlife portrait of Humboldt Penguins in acrylic
Humboldt Penguins Wildlife Painting - step 1

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Gorilla wildlife art painting

I’ve finished the gorilla painting last week and here is the final result. The intense stare gives the gorilla a great expression. The painting is in acrylic on canvas, the size of canvas is 12″ x 16″ (30cm x 40cm). Up next is more card designs and another wildlife.

Gorilla wildlife art
Gorilla wildlife painting in acrylic

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Shih Tzu Dog Portrait

Ted’s pencil portrait is now finished. I really enjoyed the process, he seems like a very cute character. I love the way his curly fur flows in every possible direction. I tried to make the dark areas as dark as possible to differentiate between the white and black shades of his fur. I used a HB pencil as a base throughout and worked with a softer pencil on top of that for dark areas. For blackness I used a 4B and 5B graphite. The Fabriano paper really worked well for me with this one. I think I’m getting used to it now. It seems to soak up the pencil and it will be much more durable than a smooth cartridge I used to use. The portrait has now been collected by the client in time for Christmas. I hope Ted’s owner will be happy with it.

This is my last post before Christmas, so Happy Christmas everybody. I already have projects lined up for the New Year including finishing off the gorilla painting which got pushed off because of other projects.

Shih Tzu dog portrait in pencil
Ted's portrait in pencil - final scan

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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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