Toby - West Highland Terrier
Toby has now sadly passed over the Rainbow bridge and his Mum wanted to have a lasting memory of him created in pencils. This lovely photo of him seemed to capture his sweet, playful nature and although the reference image was small and lacking the detail normally required for portraits, it was the best choice we had and I knew it would make the ideal portrait.
MEDIUM: Coloured Pencils
THE COMPLETED PORTRAIT
"Karen, it's just like him it's like he's in front of me looking at me it's fantastic I haven't got words to express how amazing he is it's him thank you thank you thank you and I mean it from the bottom of my heart you and your partner are simply the best xxxxxxxx"
CREATING THE PORTRAIT:
As Toby had sadly passed away and the Commissionee had very few photographs of him for me to use, so I looked around online for other WHT photographs so I could use the details from them on certain areas of the Artwork such as the eyes and nose where the detail had been lost completely in the reference photo. I also needed to add more of his body on to the Artwork to ensure the portrait was balanced. A rather challenging portrait to recreate but shows that sometimes, a low quality image can be recreated in to a piece of Art.