Welcome to the Pencil Pet Portraits Gallery!

The drawings in this gallery are hand drawn with graphite pencils on paper. Graphite pencil is a wonderful medium to achieve contrast and detail. It works really well for most subjects due to its ability to create drama and an expressive work. The gallery consists of dog, cat and horse portraits. I have also created portraits of other pets, such as rabbits and birds, house illustrations and drawings of landscape.

Graphite pencil can transform any photograph into a beautiful piece of art. Besides the classical monochrome drawing, I can also create a tinted portrait for clients that want to show a colour highlight in the portrait.
If you would like to commission your own unique drawing, contact me with your pictures today.

horse portrait in graphite pencil

Horse 'Frisk'

bichon frise dog portrait in pencil

Bichon Frise 'Lucky'

terrier portrait in graphite pencil

Terrier 'Charlie'

bichon maltese dog portrait in pencil

Bichon Maltese Dog 'Harry'

springer spaniel dog portrait in pencil

Springer Spaniel Dog 'Polly'
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springer spaniel in a field drawing in pencil

Springer Spaniel 'Lily'

boxer dog portrait drawing in coloured pencils

Boxer Dog 'Buster'

terrier and saint bernard dog pencil drawing

Terrier 'Annie' and Saint Bernard Dog 'George'

three wheaten terrier dogs graphite pencil drawing

Three Wheaten Terriers 'Balhu, Jester and Mutley'
View Balhu, Jester and Mutley's portrait

english cocker spaniel and cavalier king charles dogs portrait drawing in pencil

English Cocker Spaniel Dog 'Alfie' and King Charles Dog 'Oscar'

horse and jockey portrait in pencil

Horse and Jockey
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labrador and collie dog portrait in pencil

Black Labrador and Collie
View the portrait of Monty and Jessie

german shepherds and dalmatian portrait in pencil

German Shepherds and a Dalmatian
View the portrait of Cassie, Denny and Poppy

Materials and Technique

I use graphite pencils on Italian made Fabriano paper. This is an excellent quality paper that can withstand many layers of graphite. This allows me to really work with the contrast in each portrait.
I use several grades of graphite ranging from HB to 6B. I mostly use pencils made by Staedtler, Conte and Faber-Castell.

I start the process with an initial sketch to capture the likeness of the subject. I then move onto shading and final detailing of the subject. I can add a background to the image, although pencil drawings tend to look better without one.

Tinted Portraits

If you love the quality of pencil drawings but would prefer some colour in your portrait, a tinted drawing is the perfect choice. I can create a fully coloured drawing, or a graphite pencil drawing with coloured highlights in parts of the drawing. I work with coloured pencils made by Faber-Castell.

All drawings are posted in a neutral colour mount, ready for framing. I currently do not offer a framing service.

chocolate labrador puppy in pencil

Chocolate Labrador Puppy
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cavalier king charles tinted portrait

Cavalier King Charles
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rathsallagh house drawing

Rathsallagh House Drawing
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bernese mountain dog tinted portrait

Bernese Mountain Dog
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norwich terrier portrait in pencil

Norwich Terrier "Ernie"
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norwich terrier portrait in pencil

Norwich Terrier "Bert"
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two rabbits portrait in pencil

Two Rabbits Portrait
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shih tzu portrait in pencil

Shih Tzu Portrait
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