A watercolour painting of an old Scottish house built from sandstone.
The gateway helped to add more depth to the composition by taking your eye through the picture. The slight angle also makes the composition by showing some of the side of the house too.
This black Labrador Retriever is another example of how black fur still works well in graphite pencil, and an example of a full body composition.
The final portrait size was A3 size which I have to scan as two A4 scans and stitch together. I'm considering upgrading to an A3 size scanner sometime as I'm sure it would save a whole load of time for scanning and give more detail. Maybe next year!
I finish most of my dog portraits with some context detail, especially when the dog is sitting. In this example I lightly drew some of the grass around his paws.
This drawing is of an old London Pub which no longer stands. The original photo was badly damaged with parts of the photo missing. The client wanted to recreate the old scene as a pencil drawing as a memory of the old family pub, and to hang in the modern pub which stands near to the original location.