Welcome to my pet and family portrait blog. If you have commissioned a portrait you can see how it is progressing. If you would like to commission me to paint your pet, family or friend then visit my site at www.katetugwellportraits.com
This is Maude, a wire haired dachshund, who lives on the other side of Chichester. Her owners didn't have many photos of her so as part of the commission, I took my camera and we encouraged her to pose in the comfort of her own home. She was very compliant (especially when bribed with a few treats!). I chose a dark cream Ingres pastel paper size 12x16" and sketched her features in graphite. Then using a white and cream pastel I blocked in the areas that had the most light, then took a brown and black pastel and blocked in the darkest areas. I like to concentrate on the eyes early on in the painting as they are crucial to finding a likeness. The first few layers of pastel were smudged into the background and the process repeated, this time adding browns, ochres, oranges and greys. Once happy with the general look I reached for my pastel pencils to put the finer details of the coat and individual hairs to complete the portrait.