Portrait of a Black Labrador 'Monty' and Collie 'Jessie'

Reference Photograph

client reference photographs

Portrait Information

Drawing size: 35 x 45cm (14 x 18 inch)
Medium: graphite pencil on paper
Year of Completion: 2013
Country: Ireland

About the Commission

Monty and Jessie are two best friends, always glued together as described by their owner. She wanted to make sure she always remembers how close they were by commissioning this lovely pencil portrait of the two of them together. The reference photograph was perfect as it showed both dogs so close beside each other. I received a few photographs from the client and prepared one proof which she loved.
The reference photograph was taken from a distance which made it a little more difficult for detailing the drawing, but fortunately the client provided me with some close-up images of both dogs which I could use for detail. I changed the background a little, adding simple trees and a horizon line to give the drawing more depth. The client was thrilled with the result and you can read her testimonial below.

Client Feedback

"Hi Ivana, wow! that already looks great. You are so talented...
Dear Ivana, wow! I absolutely love it. I can't find fault at all. They are just the 'true image' of themselves in your drawing!...
...My picture has arrived. I absolutely love it. Thank you so much. You have done such a great job, capturing them perfectly."
Claire, Tuam, County Galway, Ireland

The Drawing in Progress

black labrador and collie dog portrait in progress photographs

The Completed Portrait

finished mounted drawing of a black labrador and collie

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