These are a couple of pet portraits I was commissioned to do in the lead up to Christmas. I really enjoy working on portraits, I think it’s the challenge of creating an accurate likeness of someone’s pet, as well as trying to bring across some of the animal’s personality. I’m most comfortable working in either pencil or water colour and there’s an example of each here. I usually choose the medium based on the photo I’m given to work from or the colour/type of animal I’m working with, but if the client has a preference then they have the final say. Looking at them side by side, these two portraits have quite a different ‘feel’ to one another. Something that I think happens inevitably when you’re working with different mediums.