This is Barney, a stunning husky cross collie. I met him in person when he came for a photo shoot.
He proved to be the perfect gentleman who was easily persuaded to pose with the help of a few sprats. His portrait was a charcoal drawing with a hint of blue pastel for his ice blue eyes which were amazing.
Creating a charcoal drawing
I used anthracite pastelmat. I have a wardrobe full of the stuff after buying it in bulk during an online art shop sale! I think I have enough to last for quite some time! I used panpastel for the background along with charcoal sticks and pencils from Derwent, Faber Castell and Generals plus a little pastel pencil as mentioned before. You can see where I’ve used the charcoal sticks to block in areas, I found I could be quite loose with the sticks as they blended together even smoother than pastel sticks so it was just a case of slap it on then smooth it out!
You can see around the ears and forehead where I started using the charcoal pencils to add details to this charcoal drawing. Due to the fact I use only four charcoal pencils it does make artwork appear at a much quicker rate than pastels.
I continued to add more details with the charcoal pencils, luckily they are harder and sharpen much easier than pastels so I was on a bit of a roll! I have a fair few more charcoals booked in and I am really enjoying them, it’s nice not to have to colour match everything and just get messy!
So here are a few of the tools I used for this charcoal drawing. The chalk holders are a great little tool, I am such a messy artist, they really do make charcoal sticks easier to handle than in my fingers. I still get covered though, I look like I’ve been playing in soot most of the time!
And here is he! The very handsome Barney in his charcoal drawing are ready for collection by his humans (hope they bring him for another visit!)
Behind the scenes
I’m in the midst of many commissions at the moment. I have never been so busy but it also means my studio is a complete mess at the moment. I’ve had a few people come to collect portraits and a couple of photo shoots but hilariously all I could do was clear a path to the sofa! Ah well, that’s what spring cleaning is for! See you all on the other side!
Look what Barney’s Mum sent me! Isn’t Barney a handsome boy and he is also quite happy to have his photograph taken!
Here’s what his human had to say about his portrait
OMG… What can I say, an absolutely stunning portrait I couldn’t ask for anything better 😍 the likeness if great and she really captured his chilled happy vibe 😊😊 100% would recommend to everyone,!! Thank you Karie-Ann
Framing Pet Portraits in charcoal
I have to say this is one of my favourite charcoal drawings I’ve completed this year. It went well from beginning to end and being able to reproduce those fabulous shiny areas in contrast to the very dark fur was a real joy! Alas on collection day, Barney had been able to find and cover himself in some very thick gooey mud so was unable to visit. His Mum promised to send me a photo of him with his portrait when she got home. I think it’s safe to say this boy is idolised, his Mum even takes him abroad for canicross and it looks like he has his own chair too, not that he doesn’t deserve to be spoiled rotten as after meeting him I was totally smitten.
I’ve teamed up with an engraver and can now offer plaques direct from my website. I have had a few ordered for customers and will blog some pictures when I have a few minutes spare (which is not an easy task right now)
Thought you may like to meet a few of the local residents. Living in the Forest of Dean is very quirky and Sheep Badgers, people who keep sheep, are allowed to let them roam freely about the woods and villages. It does cause some friction especially when they break into gardens and they do also have a habit of lying on the edges of roads but when you see them like this they are really quite sweet.
Feel free to visit my gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.