Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Pet Portraits: Winnie

 Hey Everyone!

As predicted, things returning to semi-normality at work is doing wonders for my productivity. So much so I've got another pet portrait which I can share with you today!

Last time I posted a portrait of Millie the Cockapoo. Today I'd like to introduce you to her equally gorgeous sister Winnie!

Like the portrait of her sister, Winnie's portrait is also A4 in size and coloured in a traditional style using pencil colours.

Now's the time to start thinking about Christmas, so if you know someone who's got a pet they'd like to get immortalise in a piece of original art, then please get in touch!

Monday, 7 September 2020

Pet Portraits - Millie

Hey Everyone!

How have you all been coping with the "New new Normal" now restrictions are lifted even further?

Work has slowed down for me and is now pretty much the same as how it was before, with the exception of the safety screens at the tills, hand sanitising stations and customers required to wear masks in store... All of our staff members have returned from furlough now too! It's been so good to catch up with them after these 5 long months, not to mention to share the work load out a bit to allow a bit more head space for those that have been back since the beginning of June!

Despite being furloughed for 3 months, after dealing with the trials or returning to retail in the current climate, I am so ready for a holiday!

There is one thing that makes all this better of course, and that's coming home to our little golden boy.. Who isn't so little any more!
Lupin is now 5 months old, 20kg and growing so so fast!

Despite this adorable furry distraction I've still managed to find time to catch up on some drawing!

Paws for Thawt is still posting regularly every Tuesday, and I'm drawing new strips to the backlog every week or so. 
If you haven't already then give it a like and a follow on;
Tumblr: https://pawsforthawt.tumblr.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pawsforthawt/

I've also had another pet portrait commission come in which I can now share with all of you!
Please meet the beautiful Cockapoo, Millie!

Millie's portrait is A4 in size and coloured traditionally using Pencil colours. What a sweetie!

With work slowing down I've more time to commit to commissions, so if you were looking for an original birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift then get in touch!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Pet Portraits - UPDATE and even more Maisie

Hey there everyone!

Apologies it's been so long since my last post, returning to work and caring for a new puppy has been keeping me very busy indeed!

Lupin is now almost 14 weeks old and is growing rapidly. His training is coming along nicely, he's going out for daily walks and is good both on and off lead, and I think we've cracked overnight toileting too! *Touch wood!*

Here's a pic just because...

I hasten to add that my partner has been working from home and so is able to look after Lupin while I have been at work! On that note, work itself has presented it's own challenges and frustrations since returning. Retail can be difficult at the best of times but it's even more so right now, thankfully though we've had word that some of the staff still on furlough will be allowed to return soon!
We had been operating with only half the full team in order to reduce exposure amongst the staff, this in turn meant we were all putting in a lot of over-time to cover the hours! However with more staff available to work I will have more days off in the week allowing me the mental space away from the stresses of work to catch up on drawing comics and commissions!!

Speaking of which, there was one more commission I had wanted to share with you!
A recent favourite of this blog makes a return in today's post with yet another portrait in her memory.

Maisie the beloved Black Labrador had 3 unique portraits commissioned, one each for her family members to remember her by, this portrait is the last in that series. You can view the other two portraits here and here.
Without further ado, in memory of Maisie her final portrait...

Just like the others in the series, this portrait is A4 in size and coloured using pencil colours in traditional style. Here is a photo of all three portraits together

If you were looking to commission me for a portrait of your beloved pet pooch, just like these then please get in touch to discuss. As I explained at the beginning of this post I will hopefully be able to commit more time to commissions again very soon!

Monday, 22 June 2020

Pet Portraits - More Maisie

Hey there Everyone!

Hope you all had a good week and are keeping yourselves occupied whilst Lockdown continues!

I've reached a new stage in what we call the "New Normal"...
The shop where I work part-time re-opened it's doors on the 15th June along with many other non-essential retailers. We've opened with reduced staff numbers so although myself and a few others are back to work, about half of the staff remain on furlough in order to maintain social distancing in our small store. This means that although my contract is part-time I'm now working full time hours!
This first week back has been quite a shock to the system, as we're not only adjusting to returning to work for long hours but also to enforcing the new safety measures customers and staff are required to adhere to.

On top of all this, Dan and I welcomed home a new member of our family on Saturday 13th!

This golden haired bundle of cuteness is our 8 week old, male Labrador puppy called Lupin!
We've created an Instagram account for him, so if you'd like to see how he's settling in in his first week home, and keep up with his adventures, give him a follow!

With all of this going on I've been delayed in posting this next pet portrait in this little series commemorating the beloved Maisie.

So from one lab to another here's that beautiful old girl in her second pet portrait.


This portrait, like the others, is A4 in size and coloured using colouring pencils.
If you missed the first portrait you can check it out here!

I'm going to be taking limited commission requests while I am working full-time and also caring for my young pup. If you are interested in commissioning me at this time please take into consideration that your original art could take longer than usual to complete, especially if you intend to give it as a gift for a birthday or anniversary.
Thank you!

Friday, 12 June 2020

Themed Portraits - The Croods!

Morning Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a commission that was very fun to do, and gave me an opportunity to use pretty much every copic marker colour I own!

Mike, Molly and their girls are big fans of the Dreamworks animated film; the Croods! So here we have probably the most colourful themed portrait I've done to date!

This caricatured family portrait is A3 in size and coloured using Copic Markers.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Pet Portraits - In memory of Maisie

Morning Everyone!

The other week I was asked if I could draw a series of portraits of the beloved black Labrador, Maisie.

Maisie had actually featured on this blog once before, many years ago, with her best pal Sunny. They were in fact one of the first pet portraits I'd ever done!! (click here to check it out)
So when her human told me that unfortunately Maisie had been ill for a little while I was both touched and honoured to help build a lasting memory of this special pup!

Sadly, the day that I completed this portrait Maisie passed away...
This makes this portrait, and the ones to follow, even more special. Though I never met Maisie I felt that I knew her, I grew up with Labs and have a huge fondness for the breed.

Thank you very much Lucie and family for asking me to draw these for you guys, I really feel your loss and am immensely touched to be the one commemorating her in these portraits. 

Goodbye Maisie, you will be sorely missed!

This portrait is A4 in size and coloured traditionally using colouring pencils.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Lost Boys Commission

Hey there Everyone!

Today I'm going to be sharing with you a commission I had LOADS of fun with!

Some of you may remember my Inktober 2019 attempt, where I used to official Inktober prompts combined with a horror movie theme and created illustrations in black ink, copic colour and whiteout for every day in October last year.

Well following that challenge I received a request from a friend who had been following my Inktober progress. She too is a horror film fan and wished to see my take on her favourite horror film in this same style!
And so back in Feb I did this Chucky commission for her!

Since then she has felt that Chucky has looked a little lonely hung on her wall by himself and decided that she'd like to own a series of these illustrations featuring more of her favourite horror and thriller films! Which leads me onto today's post!

Say Hello to the night, it's our favourite Lost Boy; David!
Played by Keifer Sutherland in the iconic vampire film Lost Boys

Just like the Chucky commission I did, this one is also 20cm x 20cm and coloured using Copic Markers with whiteout for lightlights!

If you want to check out the my Inktober attempt that inspired this commission then have a scroll of my Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/saradunkerton/?hl=en
Or my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaraDunkertonArt/