Springer Spaniel Aidan – portrait in progress

I have been progressing work on Aidan’s portrait. I had to put it aside as I had a lovely commission of a pencil portrait of a yorkshire terrier. I will post scan of the finished drawing soon.

I have now started detailing Aidan’s face – eyes and nose. I still need to adjust the colour slightly and work on his ears and body in the background. It is going to be a lovely portrait when finished.  Below is a progress scan of the second stage of this dog portrait – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 8″ in size.

Springer Spaniel dog portrait painting in progress - stage 2
Springer Spaniel portrait in progress

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Family Portrait in progress

This is the next image of the family portrait I have been working on. I will be detailing and finishing off the portrait today, adding sepia tints too.

Family portrait in pencil - work in progress - step 2
Family portrait in pencil - step 2

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Family portrait in pencil – work in progress

Below is first stage of a family portrait I am working on. It is in pencil of a father with two children. I started working from left so as not to smudge later, so Amy was drawn first. I will be working on outlines first, then adding detail at a later stage. Hoping to have the portrait ready on Wednesday or Thursday as it is a Christmas gift.

It will be tinted, too. I am going to use sepia to pick up some warm tones in the portrait. This will be done at the detailing stage. Watch this space for more work in progress photographs and final scan later on in the week.

Work in progress on a tinted pencil family portrait
Amy - tinted family portrait - step 1

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Pet portrait in progress – Hamish and Oscar

I was working on Hamish’s and Oscar’s portrait today, finishing off Hamish and I will hopefully get stuck into Oscar’s portrait on Monday.  Below are progress photographs.

black labrador pencil portrait and cat pencil portrait in progress - step 7
Pencil pet portrait - Hamish and Oscar - step 7

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Dog portrait and cat portrait in pencil - portraits in progress - step 6
Pencil pet portrait - Hamish and Oscar - step 6

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Dog and cat portrait in progress - step 5
Pencil pet portrait - Hamish and Oscar - step 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Identities

Two images merged into one means a new identity – in progress. Graphite pencil on Fabriano.

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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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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.

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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Grandmother Portrait in Progress

This is a new family portrait I’ve been working on last week. I have spent 12 hours on this portrait of a grandmother so far. It is a part of a new range of family portraits in pencil. I feel graphite pencil can really capture the highlights in the skin and wrinkles too. I love this image. The pose is simple and yet I find the more I work on it, the more detail I find. I am really enjoying the portrait drawing process. I have to take photographs of the portrait progress, I don’t want it to smudge while scanning. So the images are a bit dark. Check back soon for the progress and final drawing soon.

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