I paint pet and family portraits in pastels or charcoal and they are the perfect idea for that unique gift for a loved one.
Maybe you have something special that you would like to commission for yourself?
Either way, an original portrait will always bring pleasure (possibly even a tear) when received.
Working from photographs, I take the time to achieve the best likeness possible, and if you live locally, I am happy to visit and take photos if necessary. You can view previous pet and family portraits in my portrait gallery here.
Below are a few examples of my portrait work. Select a picture for a more detailed view of the before and after.
What are pastels?
No, they are not chalk. Pastels are a popular medium and are made up of pure pigment. (soft pastels can even be used with water). The level of binder used to keep this pigment together defines the hardness of the pastel. From hard Conte sticks and Faber Castell pencils to the superior soft Sennelier and Schmincke pastel sticks. I use all of these as they are very light fast and will not fade over time.
Next, the paper is important too, and I use Art Spectrums “Colourfix” range. This is a thick watercolour paper with a coating that gives a rough finish for the pastel to adhere to.
For sketches in charcoal or pastel pencil I use Ingres or Canson paper. and cartridge paper if a white background is required with the charcoal.
Finally, as I do not use fixative, i use a frame with glass to protect the completed picture. All the materials I use are light fast and acid free and so will retain their colours.