I created this pet portrait on A3 heavyweight cardstock with a good amount of tooth ( texture) which picks up pencil pigment (colour) from top quality Prismacolor pencils.
The customer had emailed me a variety of photographs of the dogs which I could choose which were best to draw from – which was quite a difficult task! (Please see my tips on getting the best photographs of your pet).
Once I had drawn out the two dogs on grey card (so that both the black and white showed up nicely). We discussed the green background on the pet portrait to bring the dogs forward and add colour.
Many light layers were put down and then blended together (like mixing colours on the card) which gives a rich coverage of pigment and a painterly quality to the portrait. Before blending, pencils can be used to create textured fur where you can see each strand. Blending smooths out each pencil stroke to create a softer look. If you would like to see me working on a dog drawing, please see my videos. [link?]
My main issues with this pet portrait were the uncharacteristically hot weather here in the UK which meant I had to put my pencils in the fridge for a while so they did not melt!! The pencils are very highly pigmented wax based pencils which give a very smooth coverage.
When creating white fur on a pet portrait it is interesting how many colours I actually use! From cream and yellow ochre in the highlighted white, to cool brown and cool blue-greys in the shadows. These colours literally get sandwiched in between layers of white.
Black is also a fun colour to create on a pet portrait. The range of dark blues, purples, brown and even red goes into creating a rich depth of colour.
The background for this lovely pet portrait was created using four or five different greens, from very bright lemony green to darkest green. Layering very lightly in patches to create a convincing background which is not just plain and flat.
I always send my artwork in a sturdy hardbacked envelope using next day service which is fully insured in the unlikely event of damage.
If you would like to discuss a pet portrait for yourself, or as an amazing gift for a friend, please contact me! Pet portraits make wonderful Christmas Gifts and make a long-lasting memory of a faithful friend.