Category Archives: pet

3’s A Crowd – original pastel dog drawing commission

original pastel drawing of two jack russells and a beagle

3’s A Crowd

This was a tough commission.  The original drawing is 20 x 16″ on pastelmat.

When originally asked to do the commission I was presented with a photograph of the three dogs in this pose.  It’s taken by a professional pet photographer.  My initial reaction was to say that the photo was great and could not be improved upon with art.  However, the customer insisted that he wanted something bigger and completed in art.  Reluctantly I agreed, as most pet artists know a great photo can lead to a great piece because when the photography is so clear it makes my job a lot easier.

Decisions – I thought the best course of action was to focus on the dog’s faces and make everything else loose and impressionistic.  I figured that if I drew the bench and the trees and grass in great detail then it would detract away from the dogs themselves.

Here are my materials for the commission – Unison soft pastels (Emma Colbert set) stabilo carbothello pastel pencils, conte soft and hard pastels all on pastelmat.

 Here is a slideshow showing progress shots taken as I went along…

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The piece took just over 2 weeks to complete….

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Christmas Drawings

During the last few weeks I have been working on commissions, attending art fairs and working on my new mini 8 x 8″ pencils studies from life.

Here is a collection of my recent work…..

graphite pencil drawing of a kitten

Lowra

This is Lowra, she has been drawn in graphite pencil, various grades from 9B to 6H.  Lots of blending to give her the softness.  You can click on the image or click here to find out more information about Lowra.


These small studies formed the beginnings of a new series ‘ Daily Sketches’.  They are all sized 8 x 8″ and come framed for £55.  They are completed in graphite pencil on Arches Watercolour paper.  They have proved popular with two of them selling fairly quickly.  By doing these small detailed sketches each morning it gives me an opportunity to keep my artist’s eye finely tuned before moving on to my larger commissioned piece for the rest of the day.  You can discover more about my daily sketches by visiting the page on my website here


Finally here is a collection of my commissions completed for Christmas…

The New Year has brought a wave of commissions, mostly for cricket and some pet portraits….Exciting times

TIMid – original cat pencil drawing

Meet Tim, I have called him TIMid to represent his name and his nature.  It was lots of fun drawing him all the time keeping my focus on the timidity expression I wanted to portray. The original is currently available to buy from my shop – click here or click on TIM to take you there – if the original is sold there are a limited number (50) prints available.  I would love to know what you think, please feel free to leave a comment.  There is also a little clip video I made of his progress….

pencil graphite drawing of a black and white cat and kitten

TIMid

Progress Drawing – graphite cocker spaniel

Aren’t spaniels’ ears the best thing to draw.  So soft and flowing with such varying tones that present a great challenge.  This drawing is almost complete now this ear taking up nearly half of the drawing.  You could possibly draw every single fur detail but that would not be artistic, merely copying so I have shown the soft velvety flow of the ears by creating a uniform tonal detail.

graphite close up detail of a spaniel ear

Progress Drawing

Progress Drawing – graphite spaniel commission

Lots of blending and building up the tones, it is like I’m stroking her as I go along.  I have been hoping for a commission for a longer haired dog for a while in order to really test my pencil skills and here it is.  I will be working around the nose area today which should bring the drawing to life and then a very large ear off to the right which will require a lot of concentration – the perfect day for it today!

a graphite pencil progress drawing of a cocker spaniel completed by Alsager pet artist

Ruby – progress drawing

T20 Pet Portraits

I am delighted to roll out my new T20 Pet Portraits, so called because like the smaller version of a cricket match these are smaller pet portraits.  And as with T20 they have the same amount of excitement and skill as the fuller versions.

Each portrait is 5″ x 5″ in size, they are framed in either a white or black square frame with an overall external size of 8″ x 8″.  They are drawn in pencil on Arches watercolour paper to the same high standard and fine art detail that I apply to my full size portraits.

T20 pet portraits make a very unique gift for someone special, being the perfect size to give as a gift and for the all in price of £68 (plus postage).  To find out more follow the link to my T20 Portraits – below are some examples I have drawn to show you how wonderful they look.  Click on each one to be taken to my website page where you can purchase prints of them.

framed drawing of a dalmatian dog drawn in pencil graphite by pet artist

That Dalmatian Look

framed cocker spaniel drawing completed in pencil by Alsager pet artist

Cocker Joy

 

Whippet pencil drawing – progress 

  
A little progress video of my work so far on this lovely chap. I’ve decided to call it THAT WHIPPET LOOK