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.
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
This is a painting I completed before Christmas. It was commissioned as a Christmas gift. The kittens in the portrait are Sebastian, the tabby kitten and Belle, the black and white kitten. I worked from two separate reference photographs provided by the client. I placed both cats into one composition with some simple shading, using mostly the background from Sebastian’s photo.
The portrait is 20 x 30 cm in size painted on fine grain cotton canvas. I worked with acrylics. I scanned the painting when finished and took some photographs of the canvas too.
This painting is just finished today. It is of Sophie and Ted, two lovely cats. I worked from two reference photos to create one composition. I worked with acrylics on stretched canvas 20 x 30 cm in size. I decided to use a red ground underneath. This brought a lovely warmth into the painting. I left the red poking out in spots to create some interest. The background was a shaded one.
I have finished the portrait of a white cat Kodi I have been working on for the past few days. I think it turned out quite well, hopefully the client will agree. The painting is a lovely square 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inches) and it suits the image really well. I painted the sides off white to harmonize with the painting and the client is going to have it framed in her local framers. The cat portrait will then be a birthday gift to his owner.
Since finishing on Monty’s and Jessie’s portrait, I have started working on a lovely painting of a cat. His name was Kodi and sadly he has passed away earlier this year. The pet portrait of Kodi was commissioned as a birthday gift for his owner.
The portrait will be square in size 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm) and will be painted with acrylic paints on stretched canvas. I have now progressed to the second stage of the painting process which includes adding some basic colours and refining the likeness of the subject. Below, I am including both 1st and 2nd stage of the painting.
Step 1 of the painting process is an initial sketch which I usually complete in one colour. This is to establish the basic shapes and likeness of the pet I am painting. By only using one colour I can concentrate on just the likeness and it makes the process much easier. I usually use raw umber diluted with water if necessary.
I took a few photographs of some of the finished pet portraits and family portraits I worked on before Christmas this year. They were mounted in a snow white mount with backing board and posted. The portraits look so finished when mounted, the mount really does wonders for any drawing. I normally wrap the mounted portrait in a plastic cover so as not to damage the mount and drawing.
Since this is the last post of 2011, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have commissioned a portrait from True Image this year, and also all of you who follow my work in progress blog. I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year 2012!
This is a new pet portrait commission. I started working on this drawing yesterday and having completed the outline I started detailing the portrait today. The portrait is of a beautiful black labrador Hamish and an equally lovely cat Oscar, for a client in county Kildare. It is a Christmas present, so has to be finished in time for posting.
I have two original photographs and have put both Hamish and Oscar onto one 12″ x 10″ (30 x 25cm) size paper. They look really well together and I think the overall portrait will be quite effective.
As always I am using a HB pencil to start with and adding shadows in with a 2B and a 4B. I still have a lot to do on the details on Hamish and I will hopefully start working on Oscar tomorrow. When finished the first detail, I will look over the portrait and darken and correct areas that need more work.
I will post more in progress photographs tomorrow.