fine art dog pet portraits by commission
Welcome to our dog portraits in detail gallery. We have collated this page of dog portraits to show our portraits truly up close and in detail. It can be very difficult for prospective clients to see what their dog portrait could be like when they stand right up close to it. Obviously viewers wouldn’t normally be standing too close to a painting or drawing, however we really wanted to show how much detail goes into each portrait. If you have already taken a look around our website you will know that we create our portraits in two mediums - oil paintings on canvas and pencil drawings. We have used most mediums over the years however we find these the best mediums to portray dogs in. As you can see from our close up photos, how much time and dedication goes into them.
This is a detail of an oil painting Nicholas completed of a Bichon Fries called Lulu. The client requested the whole photo to be painted, with lulu sat in her garden with all of the foliage behind and you can just about see a few leaves in the cropped photo below.
Bryher's portrait was completed at 16 x 12 inches and was a lovely size for him to be painted at. Oil paintings are the perfect medium for portraying smooth shiny fur and as you can see from the cropped detail photo of Bryher's painting it looks absolutely stunning. You can almost feel the texture of the leather colour too! If you would like to see the full painting pop over to his Black Labrador Dog Portrait painting page.
Here is a cropped close up of Italian Greyhound Spyder's oil painting and it really shows his eyes beautifully well, big and shiny and really looking out of the painting at us! Nicholas' hand and brush helps to give this 16 x 16 inches painting scale.
This portrait is one of my all time favourite pencil drawings that I have been commissioned to draw. Biscuit was so gorgeous and the pose was adorable. I loved every minute!
The close up photo below was taken of a stunning and handsome dog called Ramses. The Oil painting was 14 x 11 inches and you can Nicholas' hand and paint brush next to the painting. We try to add brushes into the scene to help give scale to each painting.
The close up photo below is of a dearly loved and very much missed dog called Billy. It's one of our favourite detail photos of Nicholas' dog portraits. The angle I took the photo at turned out to be perfect. I caught it just as Nicholas was putting the very final touches to Billy's eyes. Billy's portrait headed off to Australia and was a real comfort to his family.
Our oil painting of Yogi the Bernese Mountain Dog below is one of Nicholas' favourite dog paintings to complete. the Photos he worked from were superb and the overall colour scheme was very serene. If you would like to see the full painting pop over to our Bernese Mountain Dog Portraits page.
The photo below shows two beautiful Golden Retrievers called Charlie and Eliot painted at 20 x 16 inches. You can see their full oil painting on their Golden Retriever Pet Portraits page.
Here is a cropped detail of the oil pet portrait of Rottweiler called Gir. You can see our painting was pretty much life size from how big Gir's head is in comparison to Nicholas' paint brush and hand!
A popular dog painting on our website that receives many comments from visitors and that is the dog portrait of French Bull Dog Agarn. Our painting was commissioned for a surprise gift framed in the most beautiful ornate gold frame. The portrait was fairly large as you can see from the detail of the painting along with Nicholas' paintbrush below.
This is a close in detail of the pencil drawing of Brodie. The drawing was a 16 x 12 pencil portrait commissioned as a surprise birthday gift. A lot of curls that’s for sure!
The Corgi Pet Portrait of Luke below was a 16 x 12 oil painting and you can see Nicholas just adding in the heather and wild flowers behind Luke.
This is a close up of Wilf's dog portrait where you can see Nicholas is adding some detail to Wilf's nose. You can see Wilf in all his glory on his dedicated working cocker spaniel page.
Thomas was commissioned by clients in the USA as a 14 x 11 inches oil painting, the perfect size for a Corgi! Here you can see Nicholas just adding the finishing touches.
Mr Frodo was commissioned by a returning customer as a gift for her father. He was absolutely thrilled with the portrait and it is displayed in his hallway. You can see a photo of the portrait with the recipient on Mr Frodo's pencil gallery page.
Boomer is another of our favourite dog portraits. Yes we have had a few favourite paintings over the years and Nicholas particularly enjoyed this commission as the photo of Boomer was so clear and sharp, Nicholas was able to add plenty of detail into the painting. The portrait was a 24 x 18 and you can see how close I managed to get my camera to the painting in the photo below.
A further out photo of Boomers dog portrait.
Kojak's painting was another special portrait as our client didn’t really have one completely suitable photo of Kojak who had recently passed away. They did however have a perfect photo of Kojak's head and shoulders and another for his chest. So Nicholas was able to create a lovely large painting of him for the family by working from both photos. We are thrilled to have Kojak in our gallery. Below is a close up photo so you can see the lovely texture of the canvas and paint strokes.
Here is a photo of a Beagle called Frannie for a returning client. Frannie was a joy to draw, simply beautiful and the recipient was thrilled.
Chocolate Labrador Flag's dog portrait was a fairly small painting at 10 x 10 which was requested as a specific size by our clients. It worked perfectly and you can see the photo was taken below at a near finished stage while still on Nicholas' easel.
Another painting that we enjoyed working on was for a returning customer who has commission a number of paintings and drawings from us. This portrait is of their beautiful Dachshund Lilly!
We hope you have enjoyed viewing our close up photos of our dog portraits in oils by Nicholas Beall. If you would like to have a dog portrait of your own, you are more than welcome to email us at any time and tell us all about your dog.
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