I have completed a german shepherd portrait in pastel of the very handsome Frankie.
His Mum described him as her ‘heart dog’ and I know exactly what that means. You can belong to any number of dogs over a life time but one or two of them are just that little bit special, the ones you remember every day and years later can still tug at your heart strings.
German shepherd portrait in pastel
Frankie is the third german shepherd portrait in pastel I have completed for the same lady, she has already booked her fourth (makes me feel very honoured to be asked so many times) and Frankie’s Mum obviously loves the breed (just like me). You can see a previous german shepherd pet portrait I completed for her of the lovely Stella.
Frankie and his fellow furries were taken on many trips to the beach, they live close by and it seems they all have had the best life a dog could ever hope for. I ‘met’ Fiona through a german shepherd rescue online and we often pop up together in the same forums, groups etc so although we have never met, it does feel as though I know her plus I’ve seen many, many photos of her furry crew.
So above are a few of the work in progress images I sent to Fiona, as ever I used only the finest art materials, lightfast panpastels and pastel pencils on archival paper which will not yellow with age. Frankie’s german shepherd portrait in pastel was a mixture of browns, golds, and even some pinks in his fur so it was lots of layering with sharp pastels. I used my best range of dog colours, I have some pencils which are used in every single portrait I do, my favourite colours for shadows, eyes, etc. It also makes it pretty easy to remember which ones to reorder when supplies run low!
I’ll be adding a timelapse video of Frankie’s german shepherd portrait in pastel very soon in the meantime, here is the photo comparison
As you can see my version of Frankie is darker but his Mum had sent me a second photo which was less sun drenched so I was able to correct the colours (that’s the beauty of digital cameras!) I was also asked to remove his harness and tag (that’s the beauty of pet portraits!)
Little Poo’s News
Well Little Poo has been extremely busy. Hubby has lined up all of his tractors on the lawn and she uses them for cover to stalk those pesky squirrels, and now the sun has finally arrived in good old England, she’s less often found curled up by the studio fire and more often out hunting! Luckily all said squirrels have lived to tell their tale, she must be slowing up or they’re getting more skilled at avoiding her!