It is always lovely to receive feedback from clients. Every single one of my commissions are created with care and you do get attached to the pet. You know you're unlikely to ever meet them in the flesh, but could pick them out in a crowd, having spent so many hours staring at and creating, their beautiful faces with all their tiny markings and (im)perfections.
A thank you from a happy customer is a celebratory one. The fact that someone takes the time to send an email and to tell me how well the portrait was received, always brings a great sigh of relief knowing that they appreciated the time spent on the portrait. I thought I would share it here.
Here is the framed portrait of Dougal, a Red Fox Labrador completed in coloured pencils. What a beautiful dog he is.
If you want to see more of my coloured pencil art (including Rua, Dougal's sister), click here.
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A BIG THANK YOU to Karen for her fantastic piece of work to complete
Buddy the Springer Spaniel - 11" x 14"
Buddy's portrait was created using 5 different photographs. The body taken from this photo, the head from another, the tail from a third, the background from a fourth and some of the background flowers from a fifth image, all cut and pasted together to create the mock up of the reference image. Doing this can throw a whole lot of problems into the mix as different images can have different lighting, luckily I was able to ensure the correct balance as I was provided with lots of great quality photos that i could pull detail from. As you would suspect the grass took the longest as each blade of grass was applied individually and this was done in 3 layers so individually repeated 3 times!
"I'm sitting looking at Buddy in pride of place on the wall, photo attached! It is absolutely lovely and it had the desired effect on Steve when he unwrapped - there were tears!! Everyone that has seen it has said how amazing it is with the amount of fine detail and so Buddy. If I manage to get a decent photo of Buddy next to it I will send it on! Thank you once again, it is lovely to have a painting of Buddy forever."
Dudley the Springer Spaniel - 9" x 12" in Acrylics
This was a lovely composition but a tiny photo meaning that it pixelated when zooming in and the detail was lost in the face, especially around the eyes. The Commissionee loved the composition so much that I decided to see what I could do and asked if she could send some close up photos of Dudley taken in a less sunny environment and using all the photos together, I elaborated on the background/foreground somewhat and toned down the colouration on his head whilst still keeping the favoured stance. This was a challenge but I really loved the composition too and was happy with the final painting.
"Just wanted to let you know that mum loves her portrait and we all cried our eyes out when we first saw it. What you've done is so special and we couldn't have asked for a better painting to remember him by. It captures his brilliant personality so well. I'll definitely be recommending you to my spaniel loving friends!
Picture of framed painting to follow soon!
The Commissionee only had a few photos of Kita who they had recently lost and so I was limited to flash photos. This image was a nice pose but as flash distorts natural colour I had to guess the balance by using online photos as reference. The image was slightly blurry up close but I found that I was able to apply a lot of fine detail simply by being aware of the fur shortness and the final portrait was far more detailed than I thought possible due to the quality of the photo. The final painting was framed in a lovely black frame which helped Kita's portrait to stand out.
"Hi Karen, I just wanted you to know that I absolutely love my painting of Kita. Thank you so much, you have done the most amazing portrait of him. He was my best friend and my little boy and the painting has been hung in the living room so we can all admire him everyday! Thank you again xx"
Diarmid E-mailed me a great photo of himself, his girlfriend Max and their little French Bulldog Kyla stood in front of the famous red phone box from the film 'Local Hero' when they visited Pennan in Aberdeenshire. As the phone box only covered half the background and the other half would add nothing to the composition it was decided to leave the background out completely and simply write 'Pennan' in the corner of the portrait. As mobile phone images tend to 'flatten' detail, the fineness of the Coloured pencils brought back the sharpness of detail and I really enjoyed creating this portrait - I always love a challenge!
"Hi Karen , Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Wanted to drop you a note to say that Max absolutely loved the portrait! She couldn't believe how well you'd captured the detail from the photo and was thrilled to pieces! We've already recommended you to friends and family and am sure we'll use your amazing skills again in the the future. Have a great New Year!! Diarmid"
This portrait was the last drawing I completed for Christmas and depicts 2 Bearded Collie's called Pyppa (L) & William (R) completed in Coloured pencils. I had taken some photos of them both a year earlier but as William (R) is a rather nervous little boy, I struggled to get any close ups of him. trying to distinguish between them after a year was a challenge too! I was provided with a few great quality photos which I could also use to add in their eyes a little more too.
"Thank you so much for my beautiful portrait, you've really excelled yourself this time, its amazing!"
Murphie - Large Traditional Heart Memorial portrait
"Murphie arrived home safe and sound this afternoon and what can I say. The photos were fantastic but she is even better now I can see her in "close up". I always knew it would be hard to lose Murphie after having her in my life for 20 years but I didn't fully appreciate just how big of a hole she would leave behind. Your painting has given me little bit of my girl back and I can't seem to tear my eyes away from it at the moment. I attach a photo so that you can see that she arrived unscathed and thank you again for everything. You made the process so easy from start to finish and you took good care of my girl and have created a truly fitting memorial to her and for that I am so grateful"
Bailey - 10" x 12" Coloured pencil pet portrait
" Bailey just arrived! Well, about 15 minutes of tape removal ago. We are so chuffed! Bailey was loved by all of us, but loves my husband best, he was over the moon! We are blessed by your talent!
I just love him! Thank you so much! xxxx"
Obe - 11" x 14" Boxer Dog Acrylic painting
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This is the latest Pet portrait I have been working on recently - an Airedale/Paterdale Terrier cross being created in Coloured pencils. I was lucky enough to get to meet Dave and take some photographs of him for the reference image and so have some wonderful images with great colour and detail to work from too which is always a bonus. I don't think he was too impressed with the camera in his face for at least half an hour but he was a good boy for his Mum!
I always begin every pencil portrait by laying down the base tones which is the stage the portrait is currently at. Once all the under layers have been applied, I will then begin by layering finer detail to create the realism.
I plan on adding a background too but have yet to decide on this detail until the portrait is a little further forward.
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Belated Wishes for 2016
I was approached by the editor of America's Colored pencil Magazine to be their featured Artist in the June issue (2015), this is a wonderful magazine for Coloured pencil enthusiasts and I was honoured!
Most of my Artwork included in the magazine was created especially for this purpose and as such, some pieces of Art have never been seen before. The cover image was actually the completed recce piece of a Coloured pencil Workshop that I ran last year in Chesterfield and completed only for use in the Magazine. If you would like to purchase a copy you can do so in 2 ways - via a Printed copy (1 - 2 weeks delivery) or download the digital copy right away - prices are as follows:
Printed copy $5.99 £3.87* Delivery (1 - 2 weeks) £2.96*
Digital copy $2.99 £1.93*
*prices may vary due to exchange rate
I was recently approached by a pencil Magazine to write an Article on myself and my Coloured pencil Art for a forthcoming issue (more details will follow on the magazine). It is always a compliment knowing that someone likes my Art and wishes to find out more, especially when it is being published in a Magazine that goes out to a world wide audience too. I have spent the last few years creating bespoke Commissions and so decided to challenge myself by creating all new pieces of Art for the magazine, some that were specifically created to represent the 'story' that will be included alongside these pieces of Art - a story that I very rarely share publicly.
As I only had 3 weeks to complete the drawings, I pulled a few unfinished works out the archives to complete and I also began a few brand new pieces too - these works all represent my true artistic interests from Birds which is where I first began, to Big Cats which allow me to really push my boundaries with details, a Human portrait which I just love creating and of course the Pet portraits which I have always loved to do as these animals have all brought so much joy
There were a few pieces I was unable to complete for the deadline (Springer Spaniel above) as I did not want to rush them being so detailed however, all these pieces will be added to my website with their dedicated page as to how they were completed and for those available for sale, a chance to purchase the original or buy a print or 2.
Details will be added on my News page once the Magazine is out (June Issue) with a link to the website where you can purchase a Print copy or a digital copy to download. This magazine is a must for any Coloured pencil lover or for anyone simply wishing to read 'my story' as it's the one and only time I'll share it publicly.
Costs are as follows:
Printed Copy $5.99 £3.87* €5.46* Delivery (1 - 2 weeks) USA $4.06 UK £2.96*
Digital Copy $2.99 £1.93* €2.72*
*Due to exchange rate, these prices may vary
Art Tutoring Website Update
I began my own Art Group in 2011 when I lived in Chesterfield and my website www.chesterfieldartsgroup.co.uk was created simply as an advertising tool for this Art Group - over the last few years, as my tutoring has adapted, the website also needed to keep up with these changes and the website was renamed www.stepbystepart.co.uk in keeping with the way that I tutor at my Workshops. I recreated my website to offer help and advice to Artists from all walks of life whether an Amateur or professional - why not take a look.....
Chesterfield 1 Day Art Workshops
There are now a couple of Chesterfield Workshops planned for 2015. There is a Coloured pencil Workshop on May the 9th where we will be completing a highly detailed portrait of a Shetland Sheepdog. Prices start from £42.00 and as always there are only a few spaces available so if you are looking to attend, please get in touch as soon as possible. Click the link to view Workshops available or BOOK HERE
Information available for other Artists
My Workshops website has now been adapted to offer a universal website for Artists all over the world who can access information on a variety of Art. I have always enjoyed sharing my own Artistic knowledge on a wide range of things from how to produce a pencil portrait to product recommendations that I have tried & tested myself. I hope to bring on board other Artists knowledge too, offering further Articles not just based on mediums I work with myself which limits the market considerably but Articles from Artists working on other mediums that I could learn a lot from myself.
Karen M Berisford
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Acrylic Pet Painter
Acrylic Pet Portraits
African Elephant Art Workshop
Alaskan Husky Drawing
Alaskan Husky In Coloured Pencils
Amethyst Sunbird In Acrylics
Amur Leopard Giclee Print
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Art Workshops In Chesterfield
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Baby Boxer Dog Painting
Barn Owl Photography
Bearded Collie Pet Portrait
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Big Cat Art
Big Cat Artwork
Big Cat Giclee Prints
Big Cat Paintings
Big Cats In Coloured Pencils
Bird Art In Acrylics
Bird Art In Coloured Pencils
Bird Art Workshops
Bird Of Prey Experience
Black Cocker Spaniel
Black Labrador Art
Black Labrador Art Workshop
Black Labrador Painting
Black Newfoundland Dog Drawing
Black Watch Soldier 1940
Black Watch Soldier In Coloured Pencils
Black & White Shorthaired Cat In Acrylic Paints
Bockingford HP Watercolour Paper
Border Collie Art
Boxer Dog Pet Art
Boxer Dog Pet Artist
Boxer Dog Pup
Boxer Dog Puppy
Boxer Dog Show
Brindle Boxer Dog
Brown Labrador Art
Caran Dache Luminance Pencils
Chesterfield Art Workshops
Chesterfield Pet Artist
Chocolate Labrador In Coloured Pencils
Chocolate Labrador Pet Portraiture
Chow Chow Painting
Christmas For The Dogs
Cocker Spaniel In Acrylics
Cocker Spaniel Pencil Portrait
Colored Pencil Art
Colored Pencil Magazine
Coloured Paper Article
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Coloured Pencil Article
Coloured Pencil Artist
Coloured Pencil Commissions
Coloured Pencils Artwork
Coloured Pencils UK Art Workshops
Coloured Pencil Workshop
Dachshund Acrylic Painting
David Beckham Pencil Portrait
Derbyshire Pet Artist
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
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Derwent Procolour Pencils
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Dog Portraits In Acrylics
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Dog Show Judging
Double Collared Sunbird
Elephant Art Workshop UK
Faber Castell PITT Pastel Pencils
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Fawn Boxer Dog
Frames For Acrylic Paintings
Framing Service Bespoke Portraits
Framing Service Bespoke Portraits
Framing Service - Bespoke Portraits
French Bulldog In Coloured Pencils
Galeria Acrylic Paint Article
Galeria Black Lava Texture Gel
German Shorthaired Pointer
GOLDEN Acrylics Molding Paste
Golden Eagle Art Workshop
GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics
GOLDEN Heavy Gel Medium
Graphite Art Workshop In Derbyshire
Graphite Pencil Article
Graphite Pencil Art Workshops
Graphite Pencil Workshop UK
Grapite Pencil Tutorial
Green Haired Forest Nymph
Hibiscus Flower Painting
Human Portrait Art
Human Portrait Drawing
Jack Russell In Coloured Pencils
Jack Russell Pet Portrait
Jaguar In Acrylics
Japanese Akita Acrylic Painting
Karen M Berisford Art Workshops
Karen M Berisford Framing Service
Labrador In Coloured Pencils
Legion Stonehenge Paper
Lemur In Graphite Art Workshop
Long Eared Owl
Long Haired Dachshund Art
Long Haired Daschund Painting
Mackerel Tabby Cat
Mackerel Tabby In Coloured Pencils
Newbiggin Bird Rarities
Newbiggin By The Sea
Newbiggin By The Sea Artist
Newbiggin Coloured Pencil Art Workshops
Newfoundland Pet Portrait
Northern Inuit Art Workshop
Northumberland Pet Artist
Nottingham Dog Show
Notts & Yorkshire Boxer Rescue
Padley Gorge In Autumn
Pet Art Commissions
Pet Art In Pencils
Pet Portrait Artist
Pet Portrait Art Workshop
Pet Portrait Competition 2012
Pomeranian Dog Portrait
Presents For Dogs
Red Fox Labrador
Red Fox Labrador Drawing
Red Squirrel Art Workshop
Red Squirrel Painting
Ring Tailed Lemur Art Workshop
Ring Tailed Lemur In Graphite Pencils
Saltergate Silver Frame
Sharpening Pencils Article
Skies Tutorial With Soft Pastels
Snow Leopard Art Workshop
Snow Leopard Eye Tutorial
South African Bird Art
Springer Spaniel Art
Springer Spaniel In Acrylics
Springer Spaniel Painting
Starting Out With Coloured Pencils
Starting Out With Oil Paints
Step By Step Art
Step By Step Art Tutorial
Step By Step Art Tutorials
Sumatran Tiger Giclee Print
Tonal Layering With Coloured Pencils
Uk Art Workshops
Unison Pastels Article
Ursus Paper Article
Vegan Art Products
West Highland Terrier
White Boxer Dog
White Boxer Pup
White Faced Cockatiel In Acrylics
Whitethroat On Gorse
WHsmith Coloured Pencils
Wildlife Art Workshops
Wild Rabbit Art Workshop
Wynyard Hall In Graphite Pencils
Yellow Labrador Art
Yellow Labrador Painting
Zest-it Pencil Blend