Pet portraits, pastel seascapes and portraits of people
Pastels are a versatile media and recently I’ve been exploring different ways of working with both my dog portraits and Dorset seascapes. I have always enjoyed pastels for pet portraits, they have a natural quality that suits animal fur. I use the best quality materials and Jacksons Art Supplies have a great range of pastel cards and pastel pencils, which are my preferred media for getting detail into my work.
Dog portrait of a spaniel in Pastel
This is one of my recent spaniel portraits, the customer requested a background and, I hope you’ll agree, the end result is successful. I love working on Spaniel pastel portraits, they have beautiful eyes and I enjoy capturing the essence of their character within the final portrait. This one will be new addition to my online card shop.
I’ve recently been working on a commission of a Headmaster to be part of a permanent display in a school in Sussex. It’s not been presented yet so only a snippet for now. I love the way that hands capture as much of a persons personality as the rest of the portrait. Portraits of people are a lovely gift and especially portraits of people and their beloved pets.
My pastel classes and workshops start again on the 18th June, we look at a range of subjects but dog portraits are a favourite subject. It’s great learning the skills so that you can create your own pet portraits. We have also been working on Dorset Seascapes, here’s an example of what can be achieved with mixed media and pastels. It’s a fun and quick way of working and you are able to get good results quickly with a few tips and tricks.
Pastel of Dorset
Thanks for reading,
the pastel artist
Pet portraits and greetings cards
Pet portraits and greetings cards
My greetings cards have always been a popular part of my pet portrait displays. When I’m doing pastel workshops they work as a portfolio of treasured previous pet portraits. I find people often want a pastel portrait in a similar style to one of my characters. One lovely labrador, posed so beautifully I made him one of my first greetings card. It has led to a few enthusiastic owners becoming exasperated as an excited dog refuses to settle for us during a photo session, sensing the game but not realising that its all about looking relaxed! We have a few tricks to settle bouncy dogs, my favourite, a cuppa and a chat. That normally leads to that perfect relaxed pose as they sense the cuppa means they can settle in! Its always lovely to meet you and your animals and get a sense of their personalities before a portrait.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed over the last few years has been watching my greetings cards sell at popular venues locally. Stewarts Garden Centre have been generous in giving me a fantastic spot within their display, right next to The Coffee Shop! I’m in there regularly checking my stock levels with a freshly made coffee!
You can also find them stocked with The Basket Boutique, a lovely giftware company who travel the Countryside events in Dorset. Niss, the owner, has a beautiful black and white spaniel who has got a spot booked on my easel very soon. Updates to follow!
A great set of eyes, pastels are the perfect medium for drawing eyes. Still lots to do but I’m happy with it so far.
Charlie’s pastel portrait
Pastel portrait – work in progress
Pastel portrait – work in progress.