Drawing of Lily

This is a drawing of Lily, the beautiful springer spaniel whose portrait I worked on in September. It was commissioned as a present for Lily’s owner by his wife. She wanted me to capture Lily in her element outside with a backdrop of the hills she lives close to a loves to hunt in. The photograph I worked from was lovely and had a lot of detail for me to explore in the drawing. The client decided to go with a pencil drawing which worked really well with the photo. The drawing is 20 x 20 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils HB to 8B.

springer spaniel portrait

The client was very happy with the drawing and sent me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, wow it looks amazing! You have really captured Lily and the background is so perfect, just like home. I can’t wait to see it, Paula.

Below are some progress photos and the reference photo.

Grouse with landscape

I worked on this painting a couple of weeks ago. It is of a springer spaniel called Grouse. He is a much loved family pet and the client has commissioned his portrait as a Christmas present.

The painting was 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I added a landscape background the client chose. This worked really well I thought. It added some depth in the painting and I could really push Grouse to the front.

springer spaniel dog painting

I took lots of photos when I was painting and of the finished portrait.