Casey had sadly passed a few weeks ago and Casey's owner was gifted this portrait from mutual friends of ours through Facebook. Although Lynda lives in the USA, progress posts were added to my Facebook page to allow her to see Casey come to life on paper and then shipped home from the UK, arriving on Boxing Day. This beautiful composition was a perfect choice to immortalise him looking out at loved ones every day.
MEDIUM: Coloured Pencils
CREATING THE PORTRAIT:
As the photograph was a very large file and the composition was perfect, the only adaptations I needed to make was to sharpen the details, which can appear flat when taken with mobile devices - the other change I made was to remove the lead and connector and place a name tag there which was taken from a tag that had been gifted to Casey's owner as a memorial after he had passed away and thought this would be a nice addition to the final portrait. I also darkened Casey's eyes up too, giving him more of a softer look in the face.
TESTIMONIAL FROM THE CUSTOMER:
Casey is framed and on the wall! Every day I am more and more amazed at how Karen saw every detail that was important to me, and then put it perfectly to paper. From the little scar he got while filching a treat from a friend, to the little wrinkle lines on his nose (which incidentally are what made me fall in love with him at 8 weeks old), she captured them perfectly. And the feet! His feet were my weakness. And she got them perfectly! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart! Xxx —