Video of Mikes drawing


Here is a short video of the portrait of Mike, with my pencils to show scale, I have narrate the video too. It was a 16 x 12 drawing on Italian Fabriano watercolour paper, drawn by me – Melanie! I hope you like it.

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Final scan of Mike


Here is the final scan of my latest pencil drawing. It is of a very special dog called Mike. The portrait will be heading off to Australia this coming week and I have a video clip of the artwork which I will post next. The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil on Italian Fabriano paper and my client wanted…

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Another video of Lucky


Here is another video of Lucky’s portrait in progress. Nicholas is gradually adding lots of detail into the portrait using a fine paintbrush and in the video you can see how carefully he is adding the fine layers of fur and whiskers. We hope you enjoy watching, check back for more stages soon! 

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Quick video of Lucky….


Here is a short video of the painting Nicholas is currently working on. It’s a 12 x 12 oil on linen canvas for a returning customer. It’s coming along beautifully and I should have a few photos to blog soon too. We hope you like it!

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Cat Portraits Framed

Cat Portrait Max Framed!


Here are the photos of the portrait of Max framed. Its a beautiful frame, its called Spoon Aged and it works so well with my pencil drawings. We have had a bit of an extra wait with this moulding as my framers are really busy – which is wonderful! We love to hear about business succeeding! We just need to be…

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Final scan of 7 Dogs


Here is the finished scan of the 7 dog portrait! Its all packed up and waiting for FedEx to collect and it will be winging its way over to the USA later today. The portrait is really stunning here in the studio and Nicholas has done a marvellous job on it. Scans never really do our artwork justice however hopefully everyone reading…

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Derwent Pencils

Derwent Pencils Have Arrived!


My Derwent pencils have arrived! I have been in touch with Derwent over the last few weeks as myself, a couple of London Art College tutors and 5 students have had the opportunity of testing and reviewing their new range of graphite pencils. Some of my readers will be aware that I work for the London Art College as well as drawing.…

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Final scan of Betty


Here is Betty! This is the second commission on behalf of Lady Bamford for her staff. The portrait below is for Emma as a gift for her birthday. It is a 9 x 9 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper. Betty is the most gorgeous dog and I really enjoyed drawing her. The portrait should be arriving at their office today, so fingers crossed…

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Zeke


Here is the final scan of Zeke. The portrait is an 8″ x 7″ drawing on Italian Fabriano Artistico paper and its heading off to Florida later this week. It would have been Zeke’s 14th birthday on December 8th so my portrait will be arriving just in time for the family to have it framed and displayed for his birthday. Hurricane Matthew,…

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Early Morning Start…..


Early morning start here at our studio – Red Kite Studios. Particularly early this morning as we have been following the nights events of the US election. Its always cosy down in our studio in early mornings and late evenings. The heating is on constantly at 21 degrees, the lights are twinkling and its just a fabulous place to be creative!…

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Next stages of the 7 dog painting


Here are the next stages of the painting of the 7 dogs Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. Nicholas is still painting away, its coming along well. All of the undertones are in now and its all about the detail on the dogs themselves and the grass around their feet. The colouring of the painting isn’t quite the same…

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More stages of the 7 dog portrait….


Here are the next stages of the 7 dog portrait which is coming along really well. The dogs in order are Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. Nicholas has been painting for a number of weeks and will be completed next week. he is a little further ahead, I have more photos in the camera so I will load them onto…

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Banjo Final Scan and Photos


Here is the finished scan of the gorgeous collie called Banjo – I hope that you all like it! The drawing is a 12 x 10 pencil and its going to be heading off this week to Australia for a special gift. I would of course like to take it in person….! I have taken some photos of the drawing with…

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Windlesham Warm White New Frame


We have some very good friends who’s daughter will be 18 soon and I have drawn her an autumnal leaf study for her birthday. Having chatted with my framer Amanda on the kind of look I wanted for the frame, she came up with the most beautiful moulding for the project. It is called Windlesham Warm White and its simply stunning. Its such a…

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Stages and final scan of Junior


Today I’m catching up on the blog! There have been lots of portraits completed over the last few weeks and so today I felt the need to catch up. I wanted to let everyone know what amazing artwork has been flying off of our easels and heading out to clients. This portrait of Junior was painted a number of weeks ago and…

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Double Dog Pencil Pet Portraits

Double Dog Pencil Pet Portraits and News!


This week has been very busy in the studio. However it has been very quiet blog wise, as we have been without any internet! We have very slow speeds living rurally, sub 2mbps. Many homes around us are on superfast, however we are one of the minority who don’t and wont be for a number of years. We still have to wait…

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7 Dog Portrait continued….


Everything is much more grounded now on the 7 dog portrait, Nicholas has been adding in the curb they are sitting on. The next stage will be coming soon! The dogs in order are Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. I have also completed my pencil portrait of Stanley and Jarvis, a scan will follow!

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Lily the Tibetan Terrier

Lily the Tibetan Terrier – We Passed our bronze!


Lots of things have been happening here over the last few weeks, from doing lots of small jobs on our little cottage like painting the chimneys, painting and fixing our old sash windows, getting quotes from builders for the our sitting room renovations next year, to getting quotes for drainage around the side of our cottage. Generally sorting things out…

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Starting the 7 dog portrait…….


Here are the first stages of the 7 dog portrait. Nicholas is working on the portrait as we speak and so I will try to take more photos of him working on the painting today. I usually add the photo of the dog he is working on in the corner of the images, however I haven’t at this early stage…

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Nelson’s painting framed!


Here is the completed painting of Nelson the Leonburger. The portrait has been framed in our Curved Gold Line frame and it works really well matching our clients other frame for their previous painting. Nicholas is now starting the big 7 dog painting so I will have the first stages of that soon. I am also just starting other really large…

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Max – Final Scan


Here is Max! I actually completed Max prior to Django, however, I have been doing some additions separate to the portrait which I will reveal when the portrait is framed. I will be able to blog the full story to Max in a few weeks time. Are you all intrigued? If you would like to hear the rest of the…

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Django Final Scan


As you can see I have been busy at my drawing board, and haven’t updated the blog for a while. This time of year gets so busy, I need to spend more time drawing than doing admin, so it does slide a little. Now we have stopped doing all social media it has helped a lot as this is the…

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Leonberger Pet Portraits


Here is the final scan of Nelson the Leonberger. The portrait is a 12 x 10 oil on Italian Linen canvas and Nicholas has been working on the painting over the last couple of weeks. It will now be framed, our client has yet to decide on the frame, but as soon as its all completed we will be sure to…

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Next stages of Nelson


Here are the next stages of Nelson. The photos have come out a lot greyer, I hope to have a better photo by tomorrow. The scan will also show the colours better too…which will be coming soon! Busy, busy here!

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Leonberger Pet Portraits


Here are the first stages of the portrait of Nelson for returning clients. Nicholas has been at his easel for a number of days and he is a little ahead of these stages at the moment. I have yet to take some of the newer photos off of the camera so more stages will follow very soon. The painting is…

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Final scan of Lilly


Here is the final scan of the oil painting of Lilly. The portrait is a 12 x 10 and was painted as a graduation gift for a returning client and we hope that the recipient is thrilled with the outcome! Nicholas has now started the painting of Nelson and I have very nearly completed the portrait of Max so it’s…

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Next Stages of Lilly…..


Here are the final stages of Lilly’s portrait. I love the first close up photo I took below as it was really in focus. The paintbrush against the canvas looks sharp and realistic and the painting beautifully soft with Lilly gorgeous eyes. I will have a final scan to follow!  

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Oil Painting First stages of Lilly


Nicholas has been working on the painting of Lilly for the last few days and he is a little further ahead than this below. I will have more stages to follow shortly.  Isn’t Lilly lovely! I’m really looking forward to seeing her collar painted with all of the little diamonds. I also love the creamy, buttery background colour he has…

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Pencil Portrait of Layla


Here is the final scan of Layla, I hope you like her! This is my latest pencil portrait which I have thoroughly enjoyed drawing. My first completed drawing since returning from our holiday. It has been really busy here in the studio over the last few weeks, I have still been catching up with clients emails and mockups. I’m now booking…

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