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Portrait Drawing: Abby

Portrait Drawing: Abby

I have never been confident with drawing portraiture and as a result, have always avoided it where possible. This year, I've decided to face this fear head on. You can never have a perfect piece of drawing but you'll never improve if you don't practice.  So with this new mindset, I turned on my favourite podcast, pencil in hand and started drawing. And you know what? It wasn't as scary as I thought. Just like drawing animals and botanicals, it is all about applying layers and being patient. Trust your process and let it guide you along the way.  ...
Pet Portrait: Lewis

Pet Portrait: Lewis

Name: Lewis | Owner: Leonie Friends in my street adopted Lewis from the RSPCA when he was about 4 years old. No-one knew his past history but he’d had a bad time as he was aggressive towards strange men. The young couple (his new family) both worked long hours and he was left at home. He suffered from separation anxiety so tried to escape their yard most days. Often I would see him “setting out” on an adventure along the street and I’d go after him. He loved this and turned it into a game I’m sure.   One day...
Pet Portrait: Zoe

Pet Portrait: Zoe

Doing custom pet portraits also mean I get the chance to hear about all the beautiful stories about the pet owner and their pet. This year, I have decided to start documenting what I've learned with each drawing. I hope you will find joy in them as much as I had. Here is a little story of Zoe's adventure as told by her lovely owner Leonie. Name: Zoe 16 | Owner: Leonie Once when she was 6 months old I had her spayed on a Friday so I could look after her over the weekend. When I came home from work...
A triptych: custom illustration

A triptych: custom illustration

I was recently commissioned to do a series of three drawings for a nursery. The brief was to create something that not only goes well together but also provide meaning to the family and newborn.  After a bit of brainstorming, we decided to do a drawing of the family pet, the letter M with a wooden block which hints to the baby's name and a toy monkey with an AFL football as the baby was born in the year of the monkey and AFL is the father's favourite sport.
Anatomy Of A Pet Portrait

Anatomy Of A Pet Portrait

I’ve been drawing pet portraits for well over two years now, and it has only occurred to me that I have never really blogged about the process. Whenever I receive a pet portrait commission, I start by mocking up how the drawing will look on the computer. As animals are quite fickle, it is very rarely that I receive a perfect photo to draw from. So instead, I very often have to create a final mock up from cutting and pasting from various photos gathered. For this pet portrait, it was important to capture Ollie’s cheeky side but we couldn’t find a good enough photo...
Pre-Order Your Own Peonies & Anemones Silk Scarf

Pre-Order Your Own Peonies & Anemones Silk Scarf

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook or Instagram would have known that this has been my passion project for quite some time. The idea of turning my pencil drawings into repeats for textile has always been appealing to me and I’m pleased to say that it is finally a reality. The sample arrived last night and it turned out so much better than I imagined. The silk has such a beautiful weight and drape, and the print is simply stunning. You can literally see each pencil stroke on the fabric! As this is my first time dipping into the world...
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