I have recently finished the commissioned portrait of Frankie, a beautiful whippet. This portrait is a drawing subtly coloured using watercolour washes and coloured pencil.
Using caste shadows
I like to use caste shadows to ground the figure against a neutral background. The client’s photograph does not show Frankie’s shadow so I created a believable shadow. The light comes from the left/ back of the photograph so the shadow would fall slightly to the right and front. The neutral back ground enhances the whippet and similarly makes for a strong focus. By using this technique of portrait drawing I realised my aim of enhancing Frankie’s beautiful colourings and likewise her stunning overall appearance.
My greyhounds Buddy and Leo are my creative inspiration and my studio muses’, who with their own unique personalities and character have informed me how I undertake each portrait that I paint or draw. Every detail is so different in each individual, for example Leo and Buddy have very different facial features that is the visual outward signs of their character. Leo has ‘laughing eyes’ , Leo is a happy easy going greyhound and loves to boisterously greet new friends and show his super friendly personality. Buddy is so different , he is the one who stands quietly by when visitors call waiting until he is approached and he will then say hello, Buddy is loyal and is always there, quietly standing by. His eyes express his beautiful nature, his eyes being ‘kindly eyes’. It is this unique character that I aspire to show in each portrait and not declaring a portrait finished until I believe I have truly captured the individual spirit.
I recently completed a portrait drawing of Annie who crossed the Rainbow Bridge just before Christmas and I delivered it personally to David and Margo last Thursday. I am so pleased that they loved the drawing and was delighted that I had included the Edgar’s Mission bandana that Annie wore so often to greyhound events.
A recently completed commissioned portrait of Mack (Whippet) and Elsa (cat). A pencil drawing with soft and subtle watercolour washes with strategically added coloured pencil. A unique style of drawing that is one of my signature styles of portrait techniques. Other examples of commissioned portraits I have undertaken using this technique of drawing and watercolour washes is the triple portrait of Italian Greyhounds Giacomo, Bella and Pia. Also the double portrait of Rose and Violet and the portrait drawing of Poppy.