Rex the Border Collie - Size: 16" x 20"
In June I completed this beautiful young Border Collie as a special gift from a bride to her father on her special day. Black & White animals are very difficult to photograph correctly due such tonal opposites and this normally results in either over exposure of the white fur or under exposure of the black fur when trying to balance the 2 colours.
This Pastel portrait was commissioned unframed as it would be travelling overseas to Spain where the wedding was being held and the final portrait was wrapped up extremely well to ensure a safe and secure plane journey. Here is Rex's completed portrait alongside his Certificate of Authenticity as well as myself next to the portrait to offer an idea of sizing.
Bertie the Springer Spaniel - Size: 13" x 15"
I was recently contacted by a lady who wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a portrait of his recently passed Springer Spaniel Bertie. The reference photo chosen was a great pose albeit slightly dark and lacking some fine detail but I will adapt and improve such issues before taking on the Commission - owning a Springer too, I knew I could use Cas as example should I need to, he'd be happy to help for a doggy biscuit or two!
A light brown/beige tonal background was added to the portrait so as not to detract from Bertie and the strong contrasting colours of his fur. The customer requested the 'Rustic' frame coupled with a gold name plaque too which really set the final portrait off well. The recipient of the portrait was extremely pleased with Bertie's memorial portrait and I do hope it brings him much comfort for many years.
The choice of reference photo plays a very important part in the process of a pet portrait not just for the detail that can be seen up close but for the whole composition too, especially if someone is looking for a full portrait within a detailed background - knowing that this will be hung on someone's wall for many years to come, admired everyday and remembering all those happy memories shared together, makes a portrait worth it's weight in gold.
As the owner of 3 dogs and having lost the eldest last year at the grand age of 15, I can understand why many people choose to have their pets immortalised and it is so important to choose the right image for the portrait. It is also important to be able to get an idea of how the final painting will look once completed and so have provided some of my latest pet portraits next to their photos simply to show how my paintings look once completed.
The most important thing to me is that I am always able to offer a good balance of colour and tone whilst capturing all those individual markings that makes the animal unique and special, if I get the chance to meet the subject beforehand and capture my own reference photos, this is an added bonus as it's always great to see their character too.
With Thanks for reading!
If you are thinking of Commissioning your own portrait with me, here are some links to pages that may be of help but remember you can always drop me an E-mail or give me a call if you have any questions too!
Feel free to click the FB 'like' button, 'Tweet' on Twitter or leave me a comment using the icons below.
Latest Pet portrait Completed - Radley
I was glad to hear the recipient of the gift was very happy with the portrait, with a few tears shed too apparently! It is always good to know a portrait has been well received being such a personal gift.
Feel free to like, share or leave me a comment below with your thoughts on the portrait should you wish.
Now Christmas is out of the way, John can finally show you what pieces he has been working on over December. Each portrait has been created on Velour, as is most of his works, this helps to create the superb fur effects in each of his portraits and John is meticulous to detail, spending many hours on each portrait ensuring he captures the likeness in every painting . Now Christmas has been and gone and we are moving into the New Year, maybe you are thinking about commissioning a portrait from John? Please take a look at the Commissions page to find out more or you can book yours via the Booking Form on our Contact page. Sending you Best Wishes for 2014!
See the latest progress images on John's Pet portrait Commissions and other Artworks created. View the latest information on work for sale, Representing Galleries or Exhibitions as well as posts sharing John's photography images of Birds, Wildlife and trips out and about.