Hello and welcome to you. I am a Scottish artist based in the Galloway Forest, specialising in hand drawn pet wildlife portraits ranging from precious pets to much larger subjects. Portraits and capturing life in my artwork is my passion and I believe that shows in my work. I limit the number of commissions that I undertake to ensure that you receive the best possible results.
Each portrait is lovingly drawn in coloured pencil on watercolour paper using the highest quality supplies.
Tips for taking your own photographs for your pet portrait
To ensure I can capture the character of your pet in their portrait it is important that I work from clear images which show the unique details of your pet. Look at the texture of the fur, their eyes, any particular characteristics that are special to them and so on. If possible it is always best to send three or four images, letting me know which bits are best in each photo you have chosen, including colours of eyes and fur.
Here are a few tips I hope you will find helpful:
- Photographs taken outside without flash or by a large window are the best to avoid red eye and capture the most natural colouring.
- Try to avoid a really sunny day as the sun will cast dark shadows on your pet.
- Take your pet’s photograph at their level rather than looking down to avoid distortion or an unnatural pose and make sure they are facing the camera if you want a head/head and shoulders pet portrait.
- Try to get as close to your pet as possible while staying in focus, as this will give me the maximum amount of detail and make painting the portrait easier.