1st Pet Portrait of 2015

Hello, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
I’m so excited to finally share this, I was asked not to post it online until after Christmas as it was a surprise gift. Now that I know the owner has seen it, you can too:
Finished portrait
Framed A5 print

 

Original photograph
This portrait was a delight to work on, even though a recent, high quality reference image was not available as this was to be a memorial. I chose a digital medium so as to pick out lots of fine details and it was requested that I made it look as though coloured pencils had been used to complete the portrait – I do love a challenge!
Don’t forget, if you would like a special portrait for yourself or as a special gift, commissions are always welcome. You can contact me via email (hannah@espyart.com) and find out more information on my website (espyart.com)
Thanks ever so much for reading my blog, I hope to be posting here more regularly from now on.
Take care
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New Technique

After a short break, I am back to my portraits and trying out new techniques
Keep reading to see how I created my latest piece
Finished drawing
This effect was achieved in two stages
After selecting my favourite photo for reference, I then sketched with pastels onto paper
Colour selection
 I chose to use a nice sandy range of colours with a fairly loose application, as I actually like to see the paper’s texture through my work to add texture
Pastel paper
Once I was happy with this drawing I used my graphics tablet, and related software, to add finer details.
Colour and brush selection
Using different brush tips, I could also tidy up my portrait’s background and experiment with colours to best suit the lioness’ tones
Magic paper
By working over the image with a digital brush, there is no fear of smudging the original artwork and changes can be made easily.
Close up
As you can see in the cropped image, even on a computer you can still recreate the look of traditional medium – without the mess! : )
The graphics tablet allows me to enhance any portrait, or create one from scratch, with the chance to undo/redo every alteration
If you would like to order your own portrait, please send me your chosen photograph(s) and we can discuss ideas and styles
hannahtportraits@yahoo.co.uk

 

January Summary

January this year has been lovely

Attending my second Arts and Crafts Fair was very enjoyable; thanks to all of you who came along to the Hullbridge Community Centre on Sunday, it was a lovely show with lots of great stalls, and even the freezing weather didn’t dampen spirits

I have recently finished this portrait, of a beautiful cat named ‘Pilgrim’

And finally, my website has had a slight makeover as a treat for the new year, complete with new portraits and updated diary dates

Take care

 

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