Let me introduce you to Ivy, in her commissioned pastel portrait.
Ivy is my first Pug portrait. I always find that you think you know what someone looks like till you start drawing, and then you realise how much you had assumed. There is a big difference between a drawing of a pug, and a drawing of Ivy the pug. Portraiture is all about observation, really getting to know the individual quirks of your subject.
A special birthday gift
Ivy is the beloved friend of a young woman whom she is extremely bonded with. This portrait was commissioned as a gift from a mother to her daughter for her 21st birthday. Ivy’s owner is truly passionate and extremely knowledgeable about animals. This portrait was the perfect present for her, and will be treasured for many years to come.
Ivy is a small dog who is bursting with personality. She loves to tuck herself into this cubby hole, and can often be found watching the world go by from her little den. She may have a serious expression but don’t be fooled, Ivy is a little powerhouse of fun!
Drawing a Pug in pastel
Pastel is a gorgeous medium to work in, and one I will often consider for pet portraits. As the layers build on the page it takes on a creaminess more similar to oil paint, rather than what we may think of from the dusty chalkiness of pastel. This process is aided by the paper I use, Pastelmat, which allows me to apply lots of colours blended for a foundation, then details on the top of this.
I share the progress of Ivy’s portrait in Drawing a Pug portrait in pastel so you can see how it developed from a rough sketch to the finished artwork.