Polly’s Portrait

This is a drawing I worked on a few weeks ago. It was one of two dog portraits for the same client from county Wicklow. Polly has sadly passed away a short time ago and her portrait is being given to her owner as a birthday present. The drawing was 20 x 25 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I worked from one reference photo which worked very well, so no adjustments were needed. I am including a scan of the drawing below together with the reference photo and an image of the finished drawing in a mount.

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Polly the Springer Spaniel in pencil

I completed another portrait for the same client, of her three dogs, wheaten terriers. I will be posting an image of the finished drawing soon, so please check back for updates 🙂

Three dogs portrait

I completed this portrait a week ago for a client in Dublin. It was a wedding present for the clients’ neighbours and friends, who own the three dogs pictured in the painting. The cute beagle in the back belongs to the clients. They thought it would be lovely to have him there since he is best friends with their three dogs.  The couple was delighted with their present. The portrait was 40 x 50 cm in size and was painted with acrylics on canvas.

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Springer Spaniel Portrait in Pencil

I finished working on Baxter’s portrait last night and after some tweeking this morning, I scanned it. It is looking really well I think and I hope you will like it too. It was lovely to work on a square format, I think Baxter’s position in this portrait really suits it. I used pencils of various thickness to achieve good tone in the drawing, 2H, HB up to 8B for the darkest areas. There is a small inscription on the bottom of the page reading ‘Baxter April 2013’.

Next up is a portrait of a bride which will be painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I have prepared and primed the canvas and I will be starting work on it today. Progress pictures to follow on Monday.

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Finished portrait of Baxter

 

Springer Spaniel Portrait in Progress

This is Baxter. I have worked on his portrait all day today and I am progressing really well. I should be finished tomorrow evening. The size of the portrait is 30 x 30cm and I will put it in a mount when it is finished. The first step was to sketch the portrait on paper and in the second stage, I have started working on shading and refining the portrait. Baxter is a real character and the client wanted to show that in this portrait, hence the tennis ball in his mouth. The photograph was taken on the beach while Baxter was playing with his owners. The portrait will be a birthday present.

Springer spaniel portrait in progress - step 2
Baxter the springer spaniel – progress image 2
Springer spaniel portrait in progress - step 1
Baxter the springer spaniel – progress image 1

Springer spaniel Adain’s finished portrait

This is a scan of the finished portrait of Aidan the springer spaniel. It worked out really well I think. I posted it off to the owner on Friday so hopefully he will be thrilled with it.

The pet portrait was painted with acrylic on hand stretched canvas. The portrait size is 12″ x 8″ (about an A4). If you are thinking of commissioning a pet portrait yourself, then contact me on info@trueimage.ie or through my contact form on www.trueimage.ie/contact.html. If you have any comments, feel free to comment here. I am always delighted to hear from those of you who follow me here on the blog.

I will be posting the new yorkshire terrier portrait I have finished in the last week, so keep checking back for updates.

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Aidan the springer spaniel - final scan

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Aidan the springer spaniel - final scan - detail

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Aidan – pet portrait in progress

This is an update for Aidan’s portrait. I have adjusted his colouring slightly to match with the photograph, as I originally had it too red. It is turning out to be quite a nice portrait, I think. I will be hopefully finishing it off tomorrow. I have to still add more detail to the fur around his ears, his body in the background, and of course the tennis ball. There are a few snowflakes on his face, which I will add last.

I have a few portraits to add to the portrait gallery, both pet portraits and family portraits. I will be updating the website soon with detailed scans of my recent commissions. I am also planning on introducing a smaller size for all portraits, which will be a little more affordable. So check back soon, there might be some offers too!

springer spaniel dog portrait painting in acrylic - work in progress
Aidan - portrait painting in acrylic - stage 3

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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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