fine art dog pet portraits by commission
Welcome to our dog portraits studio where we create all of our pet portraits! As you may already be aware, my name is Melanie and I draw all of the pencil portraits and my husband Nicholas is the oil painter and he paints the traditional hand painted dog portraits.
We work in our purpose built art studio which is heated all year round, we live in Wales in the UK which isn’t really known for its sunshine. It is renowned for its rain! Having said this, we do enjoy a wonderfully rich green garden as you can see from the photo below.
It's lovely and cosy inside and we have an entertaining area for when clients come to visit which you an see below.
It's a great space to take photos and videos of the portraits, as well as packing them up on the plan chest. We love our plan chest and it was the first piece of furniture we purchase when we were designing the studio. It was the perfect colour and style and we painted the colours of the walls to compliment it.
It is a lovely place to work each day and you can see where i work in the photo below, plenty of room and a tilted drawing desk. I use a Macbook Pro connected to a monitor, so that i can take my laptop where ever i go and can carry on working when required.
The photo below shows where Nicholas works. He has an upright easel, a photography LED light above and he stands on a yoga mat to paint. He has an oak kitchen trolley to house all of his paints, pallets and brushes, it has wheels so he can wheel it around where required. His area of the room is always evolving. He has had many configurations over the years and it's now a lovely place to work.
I use a variety of pencils for my dog portraits. Due to my drawings being fine and detailed, I use only the best quality pencils. I look for a smooth fine line in a graphite pencil without any grittiness in the graphite. My favourite graphite pencils are made by Derwent, Mars Lumigraph and Faber Castell. I use a wide range of pencil grades, ranging from hard to soft leads. I sometimes use a clutch pencil too, also known as a technical, refillable or propelling pencil. The photo below shows one of my pencil storage jugs (I love pretty coloured jugs and pots!) with a few of my pencils. I also use a hand wound pencil sharpener made by Helix, perfect for getting sharp points for fine detail.
I draw all of my portraits on Italian hot pressed papers which are beautiful to work on. I have taken a photo of one of my sheets of paper below as it is so lovely. I purchase it in large sheets from Jackson Art who I thoroughly recommend for art materials. I don’t think we use any other shop for purchasing our art supplies. It comes in full imperial sheets with two deckled edges and a watermark on either end.
Nicholas paints all of his oil portraits using traditional oil paints using a variety of brands, along with a vast array of brushes. The photo below shows just one of his pots of brushes and his wooden pallet behind. Nicholas paints every week day and so you can see some of the brushes are well used. He uses a number of different brands of brushes, his favourite supplier other than Jacksons art is Rosemary’s Brushes. We have been purchasing brushes from them for well over 15 years and they are superb. They are very high quality and they provide a wide range of brushes to suit all mediums and budgets.
The photo below shows me photographing a pencil drawing to show a client. I take photos using our SLR camera and take photos of the oil paintings in the same way.
The photo below shows a collection of canvases which are individually handmade for each client. We use a very friendly family run business who specialise in canvas making, they are called Harris Moore Canvases. They are the best quality canvases we have ever used and are made from Italian Linen Canvas stretched on Tulip hardwood stretchers. Our canvases are built to last and they are beautiful!!
We hope that you have enjoyed looking at our studio and materials page. If you would like us to paint or draw your dog, you are more than welcome to email us at any time.