Welcome to my Dog Portraits Pencil Drawings Gallery. My name is Melanie Phillips, I am a professional pet portrait artist.
I have been working as a commissioning pet portrait artist for 20 years. I specialise in graphite pencil, I feel it is a perfect way of capturing an animal in a classic, timeless way. I hope you enjoy my pencil drawings gallery below.
I work in Wales, UK from my purpose built studio in my garden, along with my husband Nicholas Beall. Nicholas is also a portrait artist who paints dogs in oils on canvas for commission too.
I have added a few of my dog portraits in pencil below, however I do draw cats and horse portraits too. If you would like to take a look at my dedicated pencil website, and see more of my drawings, head on over!
If you have any questions about my portraits, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at any time. Pencil Pet Portraits »
James Witt, USA, commissioned me to draw their family dog Kilo, who has sadly passed away. I drew Kilo's dog portrait at 12" x 10" size with a delicately shaded background to allow Kilo to stand off of my white paper. Kilo's portrait was framed by our framer Amanda using Windsor Wash frame with double mount / matt in hayseed plus slate grey. I have also added some photos of me working on my pencil portrait along with a photo of Kilo's drawing when it was complete, along with my pencils on to show scale. I hope you like it!
Melanie, Looks outstanding to me! I showed this to my cousin - she started crying. Thanks, - JW
Mary (USA), commissioned me to draw their families lovely dog called Daisy just before Christmas in 2015. The dog pencil portrait was to be a surprise gift for her daughter, she wanted it 20 x 16 size plus had many amazing photos of Daisy. Daisy's chosen photo was actually one that was featured in a calendar several years previous, sold at Barnes & Noble bookstore! You can see a final scan of my dog pencil portrait along with my portrait framed, plus a heart warming email from Mary below, its perfect to add here in my drawings gallery and I hope you like it too.
BREATHTAKING! The gentleman at the framing shop couldn't stop looking and bragging about your portrait. You are a very talented woman. Left one of your cards with them. I couldn't be more pleased, your work is superb. Once again thank you, couldn't be more pleased. Hope to use your wonderful talent again. Mary
Nicola and her family emailed in 2017 asking if we would be able to create a portrait of their three Great Dane Dogs Deano, Ole and Neo. Sadly Deano & Ole had passed away, however Nicola wanted to remember all three of her Great Danes together. She had a few photos of Deano and Ole which I could put together in the composition at the design stage, however Nicola took a number of photos of Neo at the correct angle and eye level so he would fit in with my composition. We decided it would be lovely for all three dogs to be sitting in grass in Nicola's garden which brings them all together. I have added a few photos in my drawings gallery below of my pencil portrait, along with my pencils to show scale. It was a 24 x 18 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper. Nicola emailed her reactions on my pencil drawings...
I’m literally speechless! What a fantastic job you have done, the portrait is amazing! You have captured them perfectly! It will be something we can treasure and look at forever! Thank you so much. Nicola
Barry, from Victorian, Australia, sent an email via my website asking if I would be able to draw his dog Mike, his very special Border Collie who had recently passed away. Barry sent over a few photos of Mike, a stunning one of him as a puppy plus one of him when he was older. My idea was to show both stages of Mike's life in one drawing so that Barry could remember Mike when younger too. Barry was thrilled with this idea. He told me a little about Mike aloong with how he passed at only 8 years old, very suddenly over night, without any warning of being unwell. Such a huge shock for Barry and his family. Barry very kindly emailed me a photo of him with his portrait which he also posted on his Facebook page. I am so pleased that my drawing will bring comfort to Barry and remind him of beautiful memories he had with his very special dog Mike.
Thank you so much for your fabulous pencil drawing of Mike. Last night I was thinking how much I miss him - this morning your drawing arrives. You have done a great job. Regards Barry.
Hi Melanie, The more I look at your drawing of Mike the more I love it. You have captured his spirit. I cannot thank you enough for the portrait. Regards, Barry.
Catherine Cave commissioned a pencil drawing of her dog Milo for her husband in 2014. They sadly had to have Milo put to sleep at age six due to an aggressive inoperable tumour. Catherine wanted to get a pencil drawing of her dog as a surprise for her husbands Christmas gift. I am always so sad to hear when dogs I draw have passed away, but at the same time, happy that I am able to bring dogs memory alive for familes along with giving them something to cherish. Catherine was delighted with her drawing and emailed this testimonial below...
Hi Melanie, How very talented you are! Wow - thank you SO much for the protrait it's perfect! Catherine x
Returning client Joanne Flitcroft called me to discuss a pencil portrait of her families Jack Russell dog called Judy. Sadly Judy had passed away and her dad especially was missing her. Joanne thought that it would be wonderful to surprise him with a drawing for Christmas, however I was fully booked. Joanne arranged everything with me, so I placed Judy in my commissions list for a New Year start. We sent Joanne a mock up using our Gift a Portrait service so that Joanne's family had something to see on Christmas day. They were thrilled with the surprise. Ivan emailed a wonderful heartfelt email which I have added below.
The dog portrait looks perfect! Thank you so much. My dad will love it. I suspect will get a little emotional when he sees it.
He absolutely loves it! Thank you so much. He hasn't stopped talking about it! Best wishes,
Dear Melanie & Nicholas,
Just before Christmas of 2014, my daughter Jo along with my family commissioned you to draw a dog portrait in pencil of my late dog Judy, who sadly passed away in January of 2013. This came as a complete and pleasant surprise when I received the mock-up of the portrait of Judy on Christmas Day - you could have knocked me over with a feather! When I received the finished portrait I was absolutely overwhelmed by the life-like appearance of Judy, who has now been placed in a beautiful frame. She will live in my heart for the rest of my life. I cannot thank you enough for the excellent quality of the portrait - it is absolutely great. May you continue to produce fantastic work of this nature. Thank you so much, very best wishes.
James emailed photos of their stunning Boston Terrier called Aspen. James asked if I would be able to draw a dog portrait in pencil of him at size 20 x 20 inches in pencil. I was delighted! James and Meagan are from Texas and once my portrait was completed I packed up safely it headed over to Texas to be with James and his family.
Melanie Phillips, Thank you so much for the dog portrait of Aspen! James & Meagan
Tony called my studio enquiring about a pencil portrait as he really liked my dog pencil drawings. He commissioned me to draw his Grande Basset Griffon Vendeen called Bilbo. Tony has an amazing camera and had taken some beautiful photos of Bilbo. The photo we chose for the main pose is below centre. Bilbo had recently had a visit to their local groomers, so his hair showed a little shorter than usual. Tony asked if I could add a few more areas of hair over Bilbo's eyes and nose to make him look more natural similar to a photo, right, which wasn’t a problem at all. Tony took a photo of my portrait when framed and displayed in their home. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing Bilbo, definitely one of my favourites.
Hello, I just wanted to say how thrilled we both are with the portrait of Bilbo. As you can see it is now framed, hanging in pride of place in our front room. Regards Tony
Rob Donaldson dropped me a line via email to ask if I would draw his Border Collie Cross dog called Banjo in pencil as a surprise present for his girlfriend. Rob is based in Central Queensland, Australia and sent me some beautiful photos of Banjo on their farm in stunning Australian surroundings. I was delighted and very happy to draw Banjo for them. Once Banjo's dog portrait was received by Rob, he framed it himself using old fence posts from their farm! I have added photos below - isn’t it amazing!! It's the most unusual and stunning frame we have ever seen! We love it! I'm sure it was a superb surprise for Robs girlfriend and we cant thank him enough for sending us photos of Banjo's completed dog portrait. I hope you enjoy viewing it in my drawings gallery below.
Hi Melanie, Thanks so much for the portrait. I've attached some pictures of it framed up with old fence posts. I reckon it's spot on! Thanks again. Cheers, Rob
Lee contacted me in 2015 as he had taken a stunning photo of his dog Floss. It was one of those snapshots in time that only happen every so often. Lee's photo was not only dynamic in composition, but Floss' photo and its lighting was beautiful. Lee opted to have a 16 x 12 size portrait, you can see a final scan below left, a close up detail, a photo of my drawing with my pencils to show scale and a reference photo.
Hi Melanie, getting excited now on the portrait of Floss All good, will be waiting in anticipation on Wednesday can't wait and many thanks again. Lee x
This is a dog portrait of Betty, commissioned by returning client Lady Carole Bamford. I have created a number of dog portraits for Lady Bamford and my portrait of Betty below was for her secretary Emma on her birthday. As this was to be a surprise Lady Bamfords PA, Michele arranged to send photos of Betty without Emma knowing to keep everything under wraps! Michele emailed a testimonial which you can read below.
Thank you! Betty's dog portrait is fabulous! Thank you Melanie Phillips! Emma is going to be thrilled! No changes necessary. Thank you so much.
All of the dog portraits you see here have been traditionally hand drawn by myself - Melanie Phillips. I have lots more of my pencil drawings for clients to see over on my dedicated pencil drawings website. Head on over to view more of my pencil drawings and to read my photography tips page, which use previous pencil drawing commissions as examples, along with prices and information too. Pencil Pet Portraits >>
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