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About th artist

About the Artist!

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I still have a strong affection for graphite, which has only grown stronger and expanded to include charcoal. Nowadays, I combine both mediums to achieve captivating and vibrant shades, resulting in a stunning contrast within my landscape artworks.

Today, I'm on a quest to discover my unique art style. However, I absolutely love exploring different subjects and experimenting with a diverse array of art materials. To add meaning and direction to my artwork, I've ventured into creating animal portrait commissions, as well as creating breathtaking landscapes and botanical drawings.

If you have any specific requests, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm more than happy to bring your vision to life!

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My love for graphite began at a young age, and though I could not attend an art school at the time, I decided to teach myself. The realistic portraits of people and animals caught my attention from the start. Every drawing was an opportunity for me to learn and improve.

When I moved to Belgium, I needed a change and some color in my life, so I started experimenting with color mediums. Watercolors were first, then color pencils. It wasn't until later that I tried to draw a realistic animal portrait. After my first attempt, I fell in love with the process and the result.

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Let's dive into the world of pet portraits!

In this section, I'll share with you some compelling reasons to commission a pet portrait. Additionally, I'll provide you with valuable tips on framing. Moreover, I'll guide you on how to properly care for your exquisite pencil artwork. And finally, I'll discuss the art materials I use to craft these breathtaking masterpieces!

About the Art

About the Art!

Why get a pet portrait?

CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS

Pet portraits can be incredibly lifelike and full of emotion. You have the option to customize the background, whether it's by replacing it with something different or simply leaving a clean white space.

Additionally, you can bring multiple pets together in one portrait and enhance the colors in the drawing to make it even more true to life.

These stunning animal/pet portraits have the power to be even more expressive and impactful than the original photographs themselves.

CRAFTED WITH LOVE AND CARE

The mark of a truly exceptional pet or animal portrait is the level of craftsmanship evident in the finished product, which serves to emphasize the significance and worth of the subject portrayed.

Your pet's one-of-a-kind features are beautifully highlighted in a color pencil drawing. The intricate details and subtle shading techniques perfectly capture their character, markings, mannerisms, and fur. You'll be amazed at how the richness of their coat is brought to life on paper!

COMMEMORATE AND MEMORIALIZE

Commissioned pet portraits are usually dedicated to pets who have passed away recently. Pet loss can be both traumatizing and emotionally draining, and we can miss our beloved furry friends when they are no longer around.

 

Grieving is complex, and having a constant reminder of the loss can be painful. Over time, however, it becomes more important to preserve precious memories, and a pet portrait can help bring the loved one back into the family's daily life.

 

My goal is to make every portrait as realistic and lifelike as possible, so that you can discover and appreciate its details every time you look at it. The soul of a hand-drawn picture lies in the fact that every hair, every glint in the eye was applied by hand with care. A personal element, such as a name tag or favorite toy, can also be included while the format allows you to leave out distracting backgrounds. 

QUALITY MATERIALS

Using high quality art materials enhances the vibrancy and realism of the artwork, surpassing even the original photograph. While digital art and AI art are gaining popularity, nothing compares to the texture and tones that an artist can achieve by layering premium pigments on fine art paper.

When creating your artwork, I prioritize using high quality pencils and 100% acid free paper. This ensures that the details and colors of your piece will remain clear and vibrant for many years to come. My preferred brand is Faber-Castell, which boasts a fade resistance of over 100 years. This means that not only will you be able to enjoy your artwork for a lifetime, but future generations will be able to appreciate it as well.

RECREATION

An expert pet portrait artist has the ability to skillfully recreate the subject from photos that may be damaged or of low quality. We have the capability to fill in any missing or obscured features, enhance the detail and definition of pictures with lower resolution, and even add or adjust name tags. To accomplish this, I always require multiple pictures and even a video to accurately recreate, restore, or enlarge an old photo.

IMMORTALIZING LIFE STAGES 

Another great reason to think about getting a pet portrait is to capture and preserve those special moments of your adorable furry friend's early puppyhood and their journey of growing up. Even if you only have a few pictures from each stage, you can still create a lovely arrangement that beautifully showcases your pet's growth, with each image placed harmoniously next to one another.

GREAT GIFTS

Pet portraits are truly wonderful gifts that can be given for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion. They are incredibly thoughtful and personalized presents, especially for those who adore animals. In fact, they are the perfect way to show your love and appreciation for a friend or family member who has a deep affection for pets. Additionally, you have the option to surprise someone with a pet portrait gift voucher, allowing them to have the joy of collaborating with the talented artist themselves.

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Commission a tailor-made pencil drawing of your four-legged companion, using a beloved picture as a reference. This exceptional artwork will be a treasured memento that brings back cherished moments for years to come.

Framing 

Framing

Show off your portrait to its best!

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Personally I prefer to leave the framing of my work to the experts. Glass can be fragile during shipping, and even with the most secure packaging, the portrait inside could be damaged beyond repair.

A professional framer will definitely cost more, but the end result will be much more satisfying. Not only will you have a wider range of options to choose from, but they will also use high-quality materials that won't damage your portrait. This ensures that your precious artwork remains in excellent condition for years to come.

They can also assist you in selecting the perfect style that complements your personal taste and home decor, ensuring the ideal frame for your artwork.

Passe-Partout Framing!

The pre-mount option is available in the passe-partout framing style. It is a popular method used in the presentation and preservation of artwork.

Pass-partout framing is one of the most popular framing styles artist and photographers choose to exhibit their works. Pass-partout is the French term for mat, a paper, more usually, cardboard sheet with cutout, which is placed under the glass or acrylic sheet. A fine art print is then placed beneath it, to prevent the image from touching the glass.

Without the pass-partout, the glass in the frame can stick to the drawing, causing damage.

Additionally, without a barrier, dust, condensation, and smudging can come into contact with the artwork. Therefore, using a mount can provide a protective layer for the drawing.

Pass-partout not only serves as decoration to enhance the visual appeal of the artwork but also serves as protection and conservation.

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Tips for buying a frame!

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Here are some helpful pointers to keep in mind when selecting a frame for your new pencil drawing portrait.

  • Choose beech (light) wood for a modern look

  • Opt for antique gold or darker wood for a classic feel

  • A simple black frame is perfect for graphite pencil drawings

  • Match the frame or the passe-partout to a dominant color in the colored pencil artwork

  • Consider the overall aesthetic when selecting a frame

Caring

Caring for pencil drawings

There's nothing better than having a beautiful pencil portrait you can look back on for years to come. All the portraits I make are hand-drawn with a very fine medium, so here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for a pencil portrait.

  • The most important tip is to keep pencil portraits out of the sun’s glare and hang them in an area where you can appreciate them in a soft, diffused light.

  • You should also avoid humid environments like your kitchen or bathroom, as it will make the paper more prone to wrinkles.

  • As a general rule of thumb, art should be hung at eye level, about 1.80m from the floor, according to Mr. Kassel. “This is more of a gallery style,” he said.

  • Layer or lean your artwork. For example, layering your artwork with a mirror on a console, whether it is leaning against the wall or propped up with a stand on top of a little pedestal. Extra places can be used such as built-in shelf, on a top of a dresser, or in the kitchen shelf. 

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Art Materials

Art Materials

Faber-Castell Polychromos is my go-to brand of pencils.

They are manufactured by one of the leading companies in the world, known for their commitment to quality and their popularity among artists and hobby painters.

These exquisite color pencils are recognized for their premium acid-free pigments that provide excellent lightfastness, resulting in brilliant and vivid colors that will last for decades.

For my paper needs, I rely on Strathmore professional grade drawing paper, which is meticulously crafted using 100% cotton fiber. This esteemed brand has a rich history dating back to 1899 and has earned its place as one of the most esteemed art papers favored by numerous acclaimed artists worldwide.

The acid-free and archival features of Strathmore paper are the primary reasons behind its widespread popularity. This is because the paper is produced using alkaline papermaking technology, which makes it highly resistant to natural aging.

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