Variety is the spice of life
As they say, and I certainly have had variety in my life as a pet portrait artist this last week. I would trade my job for the world. Yes it can be stressful, yes I work crazy hours, but I absolutely love it!
Yes the majority of my work is pet portraits in pastels, followed by pet portraits in watercolours, but I do work in other mediums too. This week I drew a dog portrait in pencil. Graphite pencil to be precise. I don't get asked for them a lot. Probably because I don't really advertise the fact I do. I suppose too much choice of mediums can be confusing and also pastels are my true love and watercolours were the first medium I ever used.
Anyway I was lucky enough to be commissioned to draw this gorgeous black labrador called Charlie. Isn't he a handsome. Charlie is in his swbioue years and my client was umming and ahhhing as to whether to make him look younger by removing his distinguished grey bits.
I explained to my client that it would be easier to add in the dark fur than add highlights in after, so we opted to remove the highlights later if she didn't like them. As it turns out she was absolutely over the moon with his portrait just the way it was. I have left his painting a couplw of days now and I will return to it to make sure I have nothinf to tweak and then he is finished. Just need the approval to get him framed!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like your pet painted and remember I can used pencil and acrylic to create my pet portraits too! Variety really is the spice of life!