Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Just finished this drawing of a squirrel today, coloured pencil on watercolour paper.  He turned out a bit more yellow than I intended, the photo ref I was working from the squirrel looks more red and dark brown but I'm still really happy with it.  I just love squirrels, I think they are so cute!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Basset Hound progress

Worked about an hour on the basset this morning, trying to establish the light and shade areas.  I just did a quick green wash in the background just to get rid of the starkness of the white as it was bothering me a bit.  The background will eventually be grass.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Now accepting custom orders for pet portraits!

For the first time ever I am accepting custom orders for pet portraits!  At this time I am only offering portraits in coloured pencil but may offer oil paintings in the future too.  Please visit the website for all the pricing and information:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Basset Hound in Oil

I'm doing this as an assignment for the Pet Portraits Diploma.  The assignment was to paint a full bodied animal portrait in either acrylic or oil.  I've chosen this basset hound as I thought he had a lot of character and I've decided to use oil as it's the medium that I want to practice the most in.  I've just started blocking in the colours, it's going to be challenging for me I think but I'll do my best.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tawny Frogmouth progress

Life has been busy lately but I've been trying to work on the Tawny Frogmouths a little bit each day, this is my progress.  Still figuring out exactly what to do with that background.  The green is more blended in real life, the scanner tends to pick up every little pencil stroke...