All of my charcoal/graphite portraits are done on Bristol Board.
This media gives a very lifelike appearance to the dogs and cats.
The watercolor artwork is done on d'arches
watercolor paper, with Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for permanence. All the materials are archival quality.
I work from photographs, preferably 2-3 clear, detailed digital photos work well. I initially would like
to discuss your request in person or email, to determine your desires in the portrait. This gives me a chance to learn
more about your subject's personality, to best capture them for you.
The eyes are the most expressive
part of the face in both people and pets and this is where your subject's personality will show through. My aim is to
capture your subject's individual personality so you see their spirit come alive. Once someone asked me if there really
was a difference from dog to dog in their expressions. Oh yes, your pet has as distinctive an expression he shows just
Another fun idea is to include
your pet's favorite collar or toy in the portrait! Or for your child, something from their favorite hobby or sport!
Turn around time for a charcoal portrait is about 4 weeks, depending on the workload at the particular time you request
it. The portrait will be finished by putting it on a foam core board and shrink wrapping to protect it. I don't
matte the work because people may want a specific matte color to fit into their home decor. However, for charcoal portraits,
black mattes often look very nice.
Bristol board, charcoal, graphite,
all archival materials used
Sizes ranging from 9" x 12" to 19" x 24"
Head only or Full Body poses depending on size
Larger sizes can accommodate
2 subjects or more!
- My most recent 4 dog family portrait was 19" x 24" unmatted.
your pet or child's favorite toy in the portrait!
- D'Arches paper, Winsor & Newton watercolors