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I use for your Pet Portraits – Over the years I have used a variety of wonderful art materials, but for my work as a portrait artist I have chosen to use the mediums that I enjoy working with most and that I feel best capture an animal’s details and character.
With my skills as a professional artist I will create a wonderful portrait of your pet that will be cherished and adored for many years. For this reason I use the finest professional artists’ materials available to me.

When I do Sketch Portraits I like to use Pastels, Charcoal, Conte or Pencil as they are great mediums for sketchy and expressive portraits. For Fine Detailed Pastel Portraits I use quality artist Pastels and Pastel Pencils for great expressive detail. All of these art materials are superb for animal portraitures.

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If you would like to commission me for a Pet Portrait, please visit my contact page for all your enquiries.



Artist Materials I use for your Pet Portraits



I use papers designed specifically for pastel work because these have the qualities to hold the pastel pigment well. The paper I mainly use is acid-free, archival quality velour but I also use Pastelmat, Canson, Ingres and Mi-Teintes. The surface of the velour paper has a very rich velvet feel and is perfect for holding the pastel pigment. As velour holds the pastel pigment very well no fixative is used, so the colours stay fresh.




Working with Pastel


Pastel is a wonderfully versatile and vibrant medium, available in both hard and soft qualities, which I find perfect for animal portraits. It is the most permanent of all mediums and, being a pure pigment, is used in making all fine art paints. The pigments are ground together with a binding agent and formed into pastel sticks or pencils.

Pastels hold their colour well and the vibrant colours stay fresh and alive for many years. Pastel painting is a beautiful technique which has been used since at least the sixteenth century. Many famous artists that you may be familiar with often used this medium in their work. These include Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and, probably the most prolific of all, Edgar Degas.Many of the artworks producd by these artists retain their vibrancy and colour now just as they were when they were first painted.



Working with Graphite Pencil and Charcoal


Graphite comes in various forms and in varying degrees of hardness, from the hard (H) values to the soft (B) values. As well as traditional artists’ drawing pencils, I use graphite sticks and blocks for large areas and darker tones and mechanical pencils for the finer details. Charcoal is made by burning various types of wood, the most common being willow. I tend to use vine charcoals which come in varying degrees of thickness and are perfect for great sketches.