One of my longtime clients brought me a handful of photos of two of her cats that had passed away to see if I could use them to paint her a portrait of them. We reviewed them and decided to use one of them as kittens sitting on her bed. They also happened to be sitting on an afghan that her mother had made for her. Below are some progress pictures showing the original photo with the drawing, all the way to the finished piece.
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My most recent pastel pet portrait is of Leon, a beautiful Australian Shepherd. The portrait was a wedding gift from my client and her sister to their niece and her husband. When my client and I met, she brought along photographs and the one we decided on was of Leon sitting between his owners, which also happened to be the wedding invitation. She said if I needed any more for reference, I could visit the website for their wedding. Most of the photos on the site were of Leon, so I knew he had a very special place in their hearts! Below you will see the progress of the painting from the original charcoal drawing I start with all the way to the finished piece. The painting is done on 14″ x 11″ tan Ampersand Pastelbord. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
At this point, my client and I agreed to tone the background down a bit more.
Thanks for viewing the progress of Leon, have a blessed day and would love to hear from you!
I love painting portraits of pets, and animals in general, and I am always honored when someone commissions me to do one of a beloved pet that has passed on, waiting to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Such is the case with Peanut Patton, a beautiful little dog that meant the world to his owner Jim.
While I do many pet portraits, I have a tendency to get rather focused on the painting itself and forget to take photos showing the progress from start to finish. Below you will see the photos of Peanut’s portrait starting with the reference photo and ending with the matted and framed painting.
I started working on Peanut, beginning primarily with the areas that would have other areas of fur overlapping them.
I thoroughly hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress, and would love to hear your comments! God bless!