Friday, 15 March 2019

Pet Portraits - Group Portrait, pt.2

Hello there pet lovers!

This morning I'm going to be sharing the second half of the process behind a very special Pet Portrait which was commissioned last year.

This Portrait features beloved pets; Ollie, Bubble, Bailey and Suzy. The completed commission measures 50cm x 50cm and is a mixed media piece combining Watercolour and Pencil colours.

When I posted last I had just shown you the completed watercolour backgrounds for each section of the portrait (if you missed this, then catch up here!)

Today I'm going to continue where I left off and share the colouring process for each animal.

Step 5: Another Watercolour Wash

Because each individual portrait measured 25cm x 25cm, I decided to lay a watercolour wash as a base layer to work on with the coloured pencils, thereby giving an even covering and ensuring that no part would be left patchy over such a large surface area.
This also gave me an idea of how each of the animals individual colouring and marking would sit upon the watercolour background behind them, and a projected view of the completed piece!

Step 6: Pencil colour 

The next step was just a matter of using the photo reference my client provided and building up the layers of colour that make up each animal's markings and fur, starting with lighter tones and then defining markings and waves in the fur with darker pencils and bolder strokes.

Step 7: Finished!

All that remained to do is to add the finishing touches!
The whiskers I painted on using white acrylic and a fine brush, then I worked back into them with a pencil to add definition and mass. I also took a colouring pencil to the watercolour backgrounds behind each pet, adding a bit of subtle cross hatching to lift the animal from the two-dimensional backdrop.

And there you have it! One 50cm x 50cm group pet portrait, framed and ready to go to it's forever home! Thank you so much for commissioning this Mo, I really did have a lot of fun with what is easily my largest portrait commission to date! And I hope the rest of you enjoyed these posts showing the process.

If there is anyone out there who would like a portrait like this of their beloved pet then email me at:

Monday, 4 March 2019

Pet Portraits - Group portrait, pt.1

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to begin to share with you a very special Pet Portrait which I completed before the New Year!
I was commissioned by Mo to produce a large watercolour and pencil colour piece, measuring 50cm x 50cm, featuring her beloved pets; Ollie the King Charles Spaniel, Bubbles the Tortoiseshell, Bailey the Persian and Suzy the Tabby.

This commission took me quite a while to do due to the size and the complexity, not to mention I was in the process of moving whilst working on it! All the while I kept my client up to date with progress photos taken from my phone (so apologies in advance for the quality of some, the commission was just much to large for my scanner!) and I've decided to share the whole process with you here!

So this will be part 1 of a 2 part post featuring the process behind this commission!

Step 1: Photoshop mock up

After discussing Mo's idea I put together a series of rough mock ups in photoshop in order to best illustrate the concept before putting pencil to paper. This allowed me to make quick edits to the composition, colour and photographic reference until we were happy to go ahead.

Step 2 : Pencils

Next step was to draw out the grid and each of the animals.
(Again sorry for the quality of the photos!)

Step 3: Watercolour wash

Now before this step I would have liked to have stretched the paper onto an art board before applying any watercolour, this would have prevented the paper from crinkling! But I simply did not have an art board large enough to accommodate the size of this commission! So I had to be very careful to not saturate the paper too much during this and the following stage.

Step 4: Building up the Watercolour background

After applying a base wash with watercolour paint I began to build up layers of pain drips, splatters and texture to the backgrounds of each section. As before the tricky part here was preventing the paper from crinkling too much and stopping the colours of each segment overlapping!

In my next post I'll show you how I coloured Ollie, Bubbles, Bailey and Suzy using a blend of more Watercolour and Coloured Pencils!

If you would like a portrait of your furry friends then please drop me an email:

Monday, 25 February 2019

Themed Portrait - Simply Meant to Be

To say I've fallen behind in keeping this blog updated over the last 6 months or so is an understatement, and definitely something I'm going to try and get back into the habit of making time for!
My most sincerest of apologies to anyone who looks for these posts and updates. Catching up with the workload after the house buy and the move has given me quite a backlog of bloggable material, so I hope I can make it up to you all with posts to come!

This first one being a Themed Portrait from last year. Commissioned as a wedding present to a lovely couple who are fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas!
Josh and Kirsty, may they live like Jack and Sally now and forever!


This commission is A4 portrait in size and coloured using Copic Markers.

If you know a couple who would like to see themselves as their favourite fictional characters then drop me an email:

Friday, 24 August 2018

MULP: Sceptre of the Sun Issue #5 Progress

Hey MULP fans!

If you saw one of my previous posts you'll know that lately life has been keeping me rather busy!
For those of you who missed that then the gist of it was that I've gone and bought a house, moved, started a new job, turned 30, had my Macbook break down on me and got it repaired!! Phew!

Unfortunately this has meant that progress on the final issue of MULP has been fragmented in the snatched moments when my studio wasn't packed up in boxes and while my laptop was working!

However I have some sneak peeks and updates for those anticipating the conclusion to our mousey adventure!

All 23 pages of issue #5 are pencilled and inked! The images which are scattered throughout this post show various work in progress sneak peeks taken throughout the inking process. These were posted up along with a few more on my instagram, so be sure to give me a follow if you want to stay updated!

Not only has all the traditional work for this issue been completed, but since my laptop got repaired I've been cracking on with the colouring stages too!

As some of you may know, MULP is actually coloured digitally using photoshop!
The pencils and inks are inks are drawn traditionally then scanned into Photoshop. Next I apply the background textures, these are several paper/paint textures blended and layered together underneath the inks, to create the base palette for each page.

In fact, this is how the full Issue #5 is currently looking!
(but with the ink layers turned off to avoid spoilers!)

These background textures are essentially my (not so flat) flats, which I then use as a base to digitally paint in the details.

If you're interested in my colouring process and would like to know in more detail what it takes to create a page of MULP, you can find a two part step by step guide of how I created the cover for MULP #1!

How I Make Comics, part 1

How I Make Comics, part 2

For the next few weeks or so I will be attempting to make fast progress on completing the colouring for this, the last issue of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun!

Be sure to keep and eye out on my social media for sneaky peeks and works in progress throughout the colouring process!

You can find me on:

Watch this space for more MULP news, reviews and updates!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Pet Portraits - Pip the Spaniel

Hello again!!

This morning I've a new pet portrait to share with you!

This commission was given as a birthday present to Sally, the owner of Pip the gorgeous spaniel!

This traditional style commission is A4 portrait in size and done using pencil colours.

Pet portraits make a fantastic gift with a personal touch to anyone who loves their furry companion, drop me an email if you or someone you know would love a portrait of their pet like Pip here!

Monday, 20 August 2018

The Happy Couple - Watercolour/Pen and Ink portrait

Morning Everyone!

I've got another rather special piece to share with you this time.

This portrait was commissioned by a friend as a surprise wedding present to another friend who recently tied the knot!

Wishing a massive (belated) congratulations to Ed and Steph, hope you had a wonderful day and you enjoy the portrait!

This A4 landscape portrait was done using both watercolours and pen and ink wash.

Do you know someone who will be celebrating their special day or anniversary soon? Get in touch to commission an equally special gift for them:

Thursday, 16 August 2018

~ BACK FROM THE DEAD! ~ : Themed Portraits - Disney Wonderland

Hey everyone, I'M ALIVE!!

I'm currently typing to you from my brand new studio, in my brand new house, in a brand new county!

Yep, I've had a lot going on in the last few months and I do hope that it excuses my rather extended hiatus in posting on this old blog.

Since you last heard from me, my partner and I have completed the purchase of our first house! We are homeowners!! We've been busy decorating, moving and making the place our own. I'm no longer based in Bristol either! We've relocated to the sunny seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, where I not only have the beach on my doorstep, but also woodlands behind our house and fantastic views of the countryside from my window, plenty of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. If that wasn't enough change, I also changed jobs and I celebrated a milestone birthday! PHEW!

It's been a hectic few months, typically once things had started to settle and I was able to resume my creative work, what should happen? My Laptop decided to pack up! Thankfully I was able to get it repaired within a reasonable timeframe and projects weren't delayed much further!

So to celebrate my return creative form (finally) I thought I'd start by posting up some long awaited commissions.

Here to kick things off is a fun Disney themed portrait commissioned as a birthday present for Chloe, who is a Disney Princess in her own right. Here she is hanging out with her favourite characters, whom she got to meet at Disneyland a couple weeks after!

This portrait is A4 landscape, and coloured using Copic Markers.

I've got a few more commissions to share, so stay posted!
If you know someone who is as big a Disney fan as Chloe, then drop me a message for a personalised portrait like this!