Welcome to my latest double cat pencil pet portrait of Apache and Lynx. My client Chris contacted me a few months ago enquiring about commissioning a cat pencil pet portrait of his two cats. He asked if I would be able to complete a 16 x 12 pencil drawing in time for his partners birthday in September – I could! The portrait was to be a huge surprise and I spoke to Chris on the phone while his partner was out. It was very hush, hush! We arranged that after the initial telephone conversation and a few iMessages, that we would mainly converse via his mum to make sure the secret was safe. So thank you Mary for helping!
Mary, Chris’ mum, emailed me all of the photos they had of both cats. Sadly one of the cats had passed away and Chris’s partner was really missing her cat dreadfully. Having looked through the photos in detail, the cats had obviously been very close. I realised that it would be best to have both cats interacting together in the same portrait rather than two separate head studies – hence the ideas for the double cat pencil pet portrait. Chris had the perfect photo of them cuddled up together. I very much enjoyed drawing both Apache and Lynx and you can see the final scan below along with a lovely message from Mary.
Hi Melanie, Portrait arrived safely and is beautiful. I am sure when Chris gives her the portrait she will be delighted. After seeing I am thinking about getting you to do one of our dog Ellie sometime. Many thanks, Mary.
Double Cat Pencil Pet Portrait Photos
Scans don’t really do my pencil pet portraits justice, so I have taken a few candid photos for you to all see. I used a range of Derwent and Faber Castell pencils on Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper. You can see three of my pencils below.
Artists often email to ask about my materials. So this year I wrote a page on my website showing photos of my favourite pencils, erasers, sharpeners and paper. You can also check out my studio and where I work and do all my drawing too. Check out on my pencil drawing materials page if you are interested!
Double Cat Pencil Pet Portrait Framed
One of my favourite frames of 2018 is the Madison Slate frame with a lovely double mount. I just love the combination and the dark grey brings out the drawing beautifully.
Finally, I really hope you have enjoyed seeing the cat pencil portrait of Apache and Lynx. If you are interested in having a drawing of your cats, why not drop me a line from my website at anytime. I would be delighted to work with you on your own double cat pencil pet portrait!
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