Here is the first stage of the latest painting Nicholas is working on. It is being completed for a surprise wedding present for a family in Australia. Nicholas has laid down the initial stages in an umber and sienna line drawing and now he is working on the undertones of the painting. I took this photo before he had completed the undertones so that our readers can see the stages in progress. I will have another stage to follow tomorrow. I also took a photo of his pallet, these are the colours he is currently using!
James (USA) emailed me a few months ago enquiring about my dog pet portraits as their family had recently lost their beautiful dog called Kilo. James requested a 12 x 10 pencil portrait and you can see the finished scan below. As kilo was mainly a white dog, I felt the background needed some amount of shading and it has really helped to bring out the light tones in his coat. i have also blended the background into his back and sides, so Kilo doesn’t feel cut out within the scene.
James was thrilled and you can read one of his emails below.
Melanie, Looks outstanding to me! I showed this to my cousin and she started crying.
Kilo is now waiting to be framed and is going to have the Windsor Wash frame with a slightly different colour inner mount which will work with the shaded background. As soon as I have photos and video I will post them here next week. I hope you like Kilos portrait too!
Paula commissioned me to draw her beautiful dog called Teasel at the start of this year. You can see Teasel’s portrait and read more about the drawing and the commission on my dog portraits gallery – Teasels Portrait >>
Paula emailed me an absolutely fabulous photo of her with Teasels drawing now the portrait has been framed by her local framer. I love the frame, it works really well with Teasel and also fits with the decor of Paula’s home well.
Paula emailed me a really lovely email which you can read below too. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing Teasel, one of my favourite dog portraits that I have drawn to date. I hope you like it too.
Many apologies for the delay in sending my photo holding my beautiful portrait of my dear dog Teasel that you so kindly drew for me. I was struggling to find the perfect frame that would her drawing justice. I have passed on your details to family and friends who, like me were blown away with your talent. Your drawing has helped me through some sad and lonely times, I cannot thank you enough.
You may remember Tyson, one of my recent cat pencil portraits, which I posted about a month ago. It was a pencil drawing at 12 x 10 size framed using our Windsor Wash frame. Kim, the owner of Tyson’s portrait, rang me all the way from the USA to thank me for the portrait which arrived safely after its journey from the UK. I love speaking to my clients on the telephone as I don’t often get to meet them in person. We had a really interesting chat about all sorts of things from current affairs to movies which was fantastic!
A few days later Kim emailed me some lovely photos for me to use on my website and blog. The photos below are wonderful and I have already added them to Tyson’s page on my website. He has his own page and you can view his cat pet portrait on my pencil pet portraits website.
I have been updating my pencil pet portraits website quite a bit recently and it feels really good to get some of my more current portraits into my gallery. I am also in the process of updating the other sites too, although I’m catching up on blog posts and emails first. I have another happy client photo to follow, so stay tuned!!
Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage. This portrait was commissioned by Vivian in Hong Kong who arranged this portrait as a birthday gift for her friend. The portrait was a complete surprise last month and so I wasn’t able to post it on my blog until now. I think this has to be one of my favourite pet portraits to date. It was such a pleasure to draw and I loved portraying Gilli in all of the different poses.
It took Vivian and myself a while to design the portrait using her wonderful photos. We made sure that most of the studies were touching, which we feel brings them together as one image. The drawing is 16″ x 12″ size and I have taken some photos of the portrait with my pencils resting on, to show scale. If you would like to see my portrait in more detail, you can see Gilli displayed on my website. Gilli has a full page of her own on cat pencil pet portraits montage.
Vivian and myself worked closely with Amanda our framer to create the right frame combination for Vivian. We went through a number of ideas before deciding on this frame called Albany Onyx and you can see photos below. It is paired with a dark smokey black mount along with a slightly lighter grey inner mount to give a little extra detail.
Watch the video
I have added an overview video I took just before packing the portrait below too. Hopefully it will give you a better idea of what the portrait is like in a more three dimensional way. I am gradually collecting lots of videos in my video gallery on my website. If you would like to view them, pop over to my website where you can watch them from my Pencil Portraits Video page. Or why not subscribe to our YouTube channel where you will be notified when a new video is uploaded.
I hope you enjoy viewing my latest cat montage…more posts to follow!
Happy clients Julie and Howard commissioned me to draw their cats Pixie and Boots a few months ago. They have very kindly sent a photo of their portrait in Situ. They had their local framer frame the portrait in a walnut frame, leaving plenty of space around the drawing for it to breathe. Julie sent me a lovely email along with the photo. If you would like to see Pixie and Boots in more detail, pop over to their dedicated cat pet portraits page on my website – Double Cat Portrait >>
Hi MelanieI’m really pleased with it; I wanted it to be of a ‘significant’ size and not look cramped. Website looks fab. We did attempt to take some photos of them with the portrait but they are not performers and now it has turned too hot and they aren’t keen on being handled!
Its funny how things go with the animals we paint and draw. This year we had two ‘Gypsy’s’ in a row – a horse and a dog. Now we have two Lily’s in a row, a painting and a drawing! This is Lily the Dachshund and I drew her a few months ago as a surprise birthday present. Sue rang me from London enquiring about my Dachshund Pencil Portraits. She had emailed a range of photos for me to see. One particualr photo was perfect and captured Lily well, however Lily was laying on Sue’s daughter, Josephine. Lily loved to be covered up with her blanket laying in her bed, so I drew Lily under her favourite paw patterned blanket and made it look as though lily was laying in her bed instead of on Josephine.
Our lovely framer Amanda framed the portrait of Lily. Sue requested a silver coloured frame and we offered the choice of 6 different mouldings. Three widths in two different silver colours, a lighter silver and a darker pewter. We all agreed that the pewter version would work really well with Lily and we also opted for the medium width version of the frame. It’s called Allerton Pewter and you can see it in my framing gallery on my website.
Amanda used the Hayseed cream coloured mount along with a Pale Grey inner mount which really adds a special touch to the frame. It is a beautiful frame, in different light it shines in varying tones and colours which you can see in the close up photo of the framed portrait below.
As a side note we are now sending all of our portraits via UPS. We have found them to be extremely fast and reliable. In this instance Sue requested a UPS delivery as they deliver to her building in London daily. The portrait was collected here in rural West Wales at 4.30pm on a next day ‘before 10.30am’ delivery. It arrived to Sue by 9am. Fast!
Sue rang me here in the studio as soon as the portrait was delivered. Josephine was arriving the following day and it was to be presented to her then. Sue very kindly took a photo of Lily with her portrait, once it was presented to Josephine, which you can see below! I love seeing photos of the pets with our portraits, it really makes me smile. I hope you all enjoy viewing my latest Dachshund pencil portrait. I will have another blog post to follow later this afternoon with more happy clients and pencil portraits!
A great success lily loves it and so does Josephine.
The portrait photographed with my pencils to show viewers scale.
The portrait framed with Lily!
Photos of the pencil drawing framed in our Allerton Pewter Frame.
Its been quite a few days since our last blog post showing the dachshund oil painting in progress, as usual its been busy, busy, busy in the studio. Nicholas has completed the portrait of the sleeping Dachshund puppy called Lilly and I have added a finished scan below. The painting is 26″ x 14″ and it is a traditional oil on linen canvas. It won’t be long and we will be delivering the painting to our client in Cardiff as we are taking photos for other portraits for her while we are there. Im really looking forward to our day trip out!
I have been exceedingly busy completing my latest portrait which I will post, along with two others that I completed a couple of months ago as secret portraits for deadlines. So look out of those. I have also been really busy working on admin, chatting to new clients and updating our website…there is never a dull moment here!
More to follow!