Portrait Examples

Grie

I loved painting this silly boy. The painting was commissioned as a gift for his owner (the client proudly told me that she was responsible for teaching him to swim as a puppy, and naturally he became an avid swimmer.)

reference photos and initial sketch

reference photos and initial sketch

finished gouache painting

finished gouache painting

Yoshi

Yoshi and his brother, Tachi, were two lovable akitas. Yoshi was known for being laid back and enjoyed the outdoors to roll around in the grass. It was fitting that he should be depicted as a nature-lover in a flower crown… but a “manly one,” as his owner requested.

reference photos

reference photos

initial sketch

initial sketch

finished gouache painting

finished gouache painting

Zero

This beautiful boy was hard to miss with his striking, multi-color eyes and black-and-white markings. He also had the unfortunate habit of “catching” avian friends and presenting them as gifts to his human mother. I decided it would be fun (if a little dark) to depict him seated, facing the viewer, amongst a treasure trove of feathers.

reference photos and initial sketch

reference photos and initial sketch

finished gouache and ink painting

finished gouache and ink painting

Breeze

Breeze was a tricky subject because she was a recent adoptee and her owner hadn’t quite had the chance to figure out her personality yet. After a few concept sketches, we decided to focus on her carefree nature and her breed, the Cairn Terrier. The Scottish breed originated in The Highlands, so naturally we placed her in a field full of poppies and thistles, wearing a tam o’ shanter hat.

reference photos

reference photos

finished gouache painting

finished gouache painting

 

Hint hint: a custom pet portrait makes a great, unique gift (no danger of regifting to the office’s white elephant on this one) so make sure you bookmark this page in time for the holidays. Ready to commission a portrait of your furry friend? Click the “learn more” button below to get the ball rolling.