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 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.
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.
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.
This is an acrylic painting of a simmental bull commissioned by a return client. I painted a painting of four sheep for her before Christmas. This painting is in acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm in size. The bull is a price winning animal and his portrait is given to his owner, the client’s father, for his sixtieth birthday.
I completed this portrait a few weeks ago. Things have been so busy in the studio, I haven’t had the time to update the blog. This is a painting of Isean, the lovely ginger cat. His owner commissioned the portrait as a keepsake. The painting was painted with acrylics on stretched canvas 30 x 30 cm in size. The client was very happy with the end result:
Just received the portrait and am delighted with it, you’ve perfectly captured his permanently slightly anxious expression, I’ll be recommending you! Thanks again, and well done xx
I completed this portrait two weeks ago. Toby is so lovely here, I really wanted to capture his beautiful expression. The client provided me with lots of reference photos and a lot of them involved Toby jumping up onto his owner’s lap. I thought it would be lovely to capture this in the painting. She was very emotional when she picked up the painting and the client was delighted his girlfriend liked the portrait so much and sent me a lovely email:
Just want to say a very big thank you for work on this, it looks fantastic and you could see for yourself how moved she was by its likeness. Will definitely have no hesitation in recommending you to friends/family in future
Thanks again, Stephen
The painting is 30 x 40 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. Toby was a black and white collie with gorgeous eyes. I used burnt umber and ultramarine blue for the blacks and the background.
I have finally finished working on Robin’s portrait today. I have scanned it straight away and you can see the result below. I am very pleased with it and I really enjoyed working on it. Besides the scan I am including some photographs of the canvas as I find it shows the canvas overall and the colours more naturally.
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.
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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.
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.