Sunday, 28 February 2010


Now working on a new commission called Bertie.  This is just a preliminary sketch, investigating  how I'm going to tackle his mass of curly black fur!  What a lovely expression though; I'm going to enjoy this.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Rocky completed

Here he is, all finished and set in a mount.  He was taken to the post office - but being Wednesday pm - they were shut - what an old-fashioned practice that is.

Sunday, 21 February 2010


These are the stages I went through working on a commission this week of a lovely little dog called Rocky. I gathered the images I had and then sketched a few ideas in boxes the size of what was required for the final drawing. I then used a variety of media to see which worked best; oils, acrylics and coloured pencil.

I opted for coloured pencil as it enabled me to give more detail in such a small picture (12 cm x 12 cm).

Here it is semi-finished; background completed and most of the shading on Rocky. The highlights in the eyes were protected by using masking fluid. The next stage will be to decide on the colour for the cushion.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Jinxie finished

This was the reference photo I started with .

And this is the finished article:
She was lovely to draw; a huge range of colours were needed to do her beautiful coat justice.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Jinxie, Long-Haired Tortie

This is the first stage of a pastel portrait of Jinxie the tortoiseshell. Mr Frodo's popped by for a look. I've sketched the outline and then filled in the darkest areas with black pastel pencil. Having got to this stage, I think she'd also look good in graphite as she has some great contrasting tones in her fur.

Next, I began to build up the variety of beiges and oranges in her fur as well as the first layer of colour in the eyes.