Thinking Scrapbooks

Recently I’ve been creating small (6″ x 6″) scrapbooks for each of my dogs.

I’ve discovered:

  • it’s fun creating page layouts
  • reliving the memories is special
  • it tells each pet’s unique story
  • will remain a treasured keepsake

Then I thought it would be nice to create a scrapbook for my first year with the puppies.

So here’s to creating more special memories!!

PS. If you are interested in having a scrapbook for your pet, let me know and I can put one together for you.

My first commission

My early portraits were drawn in charcoal pencil, which in fact, isn’t any easier than using pastel pencils. Rather than working out what colour to use, one has to closely observe the subtleties of tone.

So, looking through my records and photos, the honour belongs to Simba and Bailey, back in 2017. Simba and Bailey belong to the same family (shown here is Simba). I still love his cheeky face which is why he is one the front of my business cards!

After these two, the third portrait was for another feline. This time, it was Lollypopl. I remember this one was a Christmas gift and the tears when I delivered it to Lollypopl’s mum.

Looking back at these portraits, I still love them.

At times it can be bittersweet but knowing how loved these pets are, makes it all worthwhile.

Business Values

Business values reflect the principles, beliefs and purpose. As an artist creating unique pet portraits, I have my own criteria to which I hold myself accountable.

I work with every client so that the finished product is exactly what they envisioned it to be.

How?

I involve the client in the entire process. Together we select the best photo(s) to use, choose the best paper colour and send progress photos to allow opportunity for discussion, feedback and suggestions. It is important to respond to questions quickly. This gives the feeling of being valued and fosters a trusting relationship which ultimately produces a beautiful result.

A new portrait style

These smaller illustrations are a little different and add an eye-catching focal point. Basically I have used white pencil on black paper to only show the highlights. The hardest part is remembering to only include the lines that reflect the light. As more strokes are added, the portrait starts to take shape.