Labrador Flo in heather

This is Flo, a lovely black labrador retriever. I completed her portrait a week ago for her owner. Flo loves her walks in the Irish hills and the client wanted this in the painting. The painting is 30 x 30 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. Flo is sitting in some lovely heathers and long grasses. I love the colours in the photo, the rich browns and ochres work very well. The client was very happy with the finished painting. I hope you all like it too.

black labrador retriever dog painting

I took some photos of the painting in progress. I am including them below together with the reference photo and some photographs of the finished canvas.

Labrador and Collie Portrait – step 1

I started on this drawing yesterday and I have now completed the initial sketch. The pet portrait is of a black labrador Monty and a collie Jessie and it is drawn at 14 x 18 inches (35 x 45 cm) size. I am using Staedtler graphite pencils on Fabriano paper with 50% cotton. The background will be a simple landscape with some grass in the front. The portrait is commissioned as a keepsake for the owner of Monty and Jessie. The two of them look so great together and they love spending time together so hopefully the portrait will show this.

In the next stage, I will start detailing Monty first (as I work left to right so as not to smudge) together with the background and I will upload progress photos.

labrador and collie dog portrait in pencil - stage 1
Labrador Monty and Collie Jessie – pet portrait in progress

Hamish and Oscar – finished portrait

Here is the final scan of Hamish’s and Oscar’s pet portrait. I let it sit for a few days to then go back to it with fresh eyes and finalise it.

black labrador pet portrait and cat pet portrait in pencil
Hamish & Oscar - finished pet portrait

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Pet Portrait in pencil – Hamish and Oscar

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.

Graphite pencil drawing of a black labrador and a cat - work in progress step 4
Pencil Portrait of Hamish and Oscar - step 4

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Graphite pencil pet portraits - black labrador portrait - cat portrait - work in progress - step 3
Pencil Portrait of Hamish and Oscar - step 3

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Graphite pencil portrait of a black labrador and a cat - step 2
Pencil Portrait of Hamish and Oscar - step 2

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Graphite pencil portrait of black labrador and a cat - Hamish and Oscar - step 1
Pencil Portrait of Hamish and Oscar - step 1

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Labrador puppy pet portrait – final scan

This is the final scan of the latest dog drawing in pencil. It is of the smallest size I offer, 8″ x 12″ (A4). I used graphite pencil HB, 2B and 4B.

If you enjoy this drawing and would like to commission your own portrait, or just have a query, do not hesitate to contact me through this website. Just fill out the contact form on the contact us page, or email me at info@trueimage.ie.

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Labrador puppy pet portrait

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Labrador puppy pencil pet portrait – work in progress

This is more progress images of the labrador puppy pet portrait I’ve been working on. It is now finished and I have to scan it and then post it here. The size is A4 or 21x30cm and pencils I am using are HB, 2B and 4B. Graphite pencils are great for their light and shadow properties and I think they were an ideal medium for this particular pet portrait.

Labrador retriever puppy pet portrait in pencil - step 7
Labrador retriever puppy portrait in pencil - step 7
Labrador puppy graphite pencil portrait - work in progress step 6
Labrador puppy pet portrait - step 6
Labrador puppy pencil pet portrait work in progress
Labrador puppy pencil portrait - step 5

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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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