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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Commission complete



I can finally post the drawing I did of two golden labradors now that it has been safely delivered to it's new home.  I love drawing dogs and have done a few pet portraits both in graphite and watercolour including my own black lab Holly whose eyes you can see looking at you every time you open this blog!  It's always a big sigh of relief when the customer is happy with the result - 'you've got them spot on' was the reaction I got to this one - phew!  I'm not one for intricate detail or realism and don't think you need this to capture a likeness or personality. That's not to say that I don't like pet portraits that are photo realistic - I'm in awe of them and the talent and skill that goes into creating them but I know that I could never achieve that sort of detail in my own work, I know my limitations!!

Here's some WIPs for those of you who like WIPs!





I did my first portrait commission last year and a few weeks ago I unexpectedly met the couple I'd done the portrait for and the dogs themselves when we did the Haystacks walk I blogged about recently. The portrait was a birthday present and I was lucky enough to be sent a photo of the framed drawing with the dogs themselves but it was such a surprise and treat to actually meet them all in person.


Roger and Ann Hiley with their drawing of Bethan and Harry
Roger and Ann are keen hill walkers and have a website documenting their walks HERE


To see more pet portraits follow the links below
Portait of Kimmi   
Portrait of Cali
Portrait of Holly




As always your comments are most welcome

19 comments:

  1. These are beautifully done! I can imagine their characters from these drawings.

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  2. Hi Sharon:) Your dogportraits are so beautiful! The one you did for the hill walkers is superb! Great art Sharon!

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    1. thank you Renate, I find drawing more time consuming than painting and it's very relaxing, I enjoyed drawing these

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  3. This is so perfectly finished! You did an AMAZING job, Sharon!!

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    1. thank you Hilda, that's lovely to hear! I'm always comparing myself to amazing pencil artists who manage to get their drawings looking so realistic, like photographs almost which I could never achieve!

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  4. Sharon, thanks for visiting my blog -- and enabling me to find your blog! I'm dazzled by your beautiful paintings, especially of animals, and the dog's eyes on your masthead touch my heart! Wow! I will definitely be visiting again!

    - Tina

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    1. What a lovely comment Tina thank you for visiting my blog - hope to see you here again!

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  5. These are as near photo realistic as you will get with graphite. They are fine portraits of high order draughtsmanship.

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    1. wow Mick that is a compliment thank you, there are some absolutely amazing pencil artist out there whose work must take hours and hours to do - I'd never have the patience or the skill to draw like they do!

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  6. Beautiful portraits, Sharon ... not only have you caught their eyes very well but also the lovely loose jaw that these dogs have. Great work! :)

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    1. thank you Ingrid, I hope you're keeping well xx

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  7. Well done Sharon... you are really good at these, looks like you've caught their personalities as well, they both look quite different.

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    1. thanks Judith, it seems that I have thank goodness - their owner said I'd got them spot on and said she was thrilled with them so I'm very happy!

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  8. Sharon, these portraits are amazing! They make me feel like I've now personally met the doggies, both the Labs and the Goldies. Your drawing is so accomplished!

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  9. Maravilloso dibujo Sharon, no los conocía, me impresiona la textura que lograste, la expresión en los ojos... estupendos.
    Felicitaciones y saludos.

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  10. Ruben I am thrilled that you like my drawings, I think yours are beautiful, I'd love to be able to draw like you!

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  11. Yo estoy siguiendo con mucha curiosidad y envidia tus caminatas por las montañas, tus trabajos llenos de vida y emoción. Me siento feliz que te guste lo que hago.
    Un abrazo afectuoso.

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