pencil portraits by commission

Pencil Portraits of Pets

My name is Melanie and I am a professionally trained pencil portrait artist. I create pet portraits from your photos, of dogs, cats and horses in pencil.

If you are looking to commission a hand drawn pencil portrait, you have come to the right place!

Why not view my pencil portraits gallery to see previous commissions. Read my lovely testimonials from clients and see photos clients have taken of their pet portraits in their homes. Also view my prices and sizes page to choose the perfect size portrait for your pet.

If you need any help don't hesitate to email me at any time. I'm really looking forward to seeing your photos of your pet soon!

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Oil paintings & Pencil drawing Gallery

Pet Portraits in Pencil Gallery by Melanie Phillips

Pencil Drawings by melanie phillips

Visit my pencil pet portraits gallery which displays some of my pet portrait commissions from the last few years. You can also read some wonderful testimonials from my clients too.

Pet Portraits in Pencil Gallery by Melanie Phillips

In Detail Gallery by Melanie Phillips

View larger versions of my pencil drawings in my In Detail Gallery to see my portraits close up. You can also see photos of the portraits with my pencils on to show scale.


Commissioning Pencil Portraits

If you would like a detailed description of how my custom pencil portraits works, pop over to my 'Commissioning Process' page. It describes the commission process from the initial contact with the client, through to the framing and packing of the pet portrait. This gives prospective clients an idea of how everything works. The page is set out nicely with lots of lovely photos to view!

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Pet Portraits Process


Testimonials From My Clients

The photo below is of Paula who received my pencil portrait of her gorgeous dog called Teasel. I was absolutely thrilled to receive the photo of Paula along with her wonderful testimonial for my website. Thank you Paula! View more of my clients photos and testimonials on my dedicated testimonials page - Testimonials Gallery »

pencil pet portraits by melanie phillips
Dear Melanie,

I picked up my pencil portrait today and I have to tell you it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! You have captured her spirit beautifully and the kindness she had in her soul shone through those big brown eyes.

You are IMMENSELY talented portrait artist, I cannot thank you enough. I was quite emotional opening it but they were happy tears, it almost felt as though she was back with me, words cannot express my gratitude.

I am delighted that Teasel appears on your website too, HUGE SMILE, she had that endearing scruffy look about her. Through you we have the most BEAUTIFUL tribute of our very very special little lady. It will take pride of place in our lounge.

Kindest regards, Paula



Video of my Latest Cat Montage Portrait

This is one of my latest Pencil Pet Portraits Cat Montages of a lovely cat called Gilli. The portrait was framed using a double mount and my Albany Onyx frame. I often take video of my portraits, take a look at my pencil portraits video page to see more!


Prices and Availability

I have been commissioned for pencil pet portraits for the last 20 years from all over the world. Visit my prices page to see how much your pencil portrait will cost. Email me a range of photos of your pet and we can chat about your requirements. Place a small deposit to secure your place in my pet portraits booking list to save your space! Prices »


Bespoke Framing and Engraved Plaques

Framing with a mount / matt under glass is essential for my pet portraits. Whether you leave everything for me to arrange for you with my local framer, or you use your own, the pencil portraits need to be protected. There is plenty of choice when it comes to framing, so why not hop on to my framing page t o give you a few ideas for your portraits framing »

pencil pet portraits by melanie phillips


portraits come to life 'On The Easel' Blog

Visit my pet Portraits in pencil 'On The Easel' blog to see what I am working on today. I try to blog every day, or every few days depending on what’s happening here in the studio, most days its very busy.

I post photos and videos of both my work and my husbands pet portraits in oils too. I also post news from the studio and general chatter about our old welsh cottage and garden and post photos of our Tibetan Terrier Lily to keep our readers entertained.

Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom our my website, to receive a weekly summery of our blog, you will receive only one email from us per week on a Friday! On The Easel »

Pet Portraits and Pet Portraits in progress


Pencil Portraits Gift Vouchers

Many clients love to give my pencil portraits as gifts. If you are getting close to a special date and you would like to give a pencil drawing as a gift but would like them to choose what they would like, my gift vouchers could be the perfect solution for you. My vouchers are created bespoke for each client and you can see a couple below created for previous clients. They can be purchased for any amount, why not take a look at my gift voucher page for more information Gift Vouchers »

Pencil Pet Portraits Gift Vouchers


Look around my pencil pet portraits studio...

View my pencil pet portraits studio and see where I create all of my portraits. You can also see photos of my materials too. I work along side my husband Nicholas Beall who paints pet portraits also. He specializes in traditional in oil paintings which are absolutely stunning.

My long morning commute down to my garden studio is through the little gate in the photo below. My studio is nestled amongst the trees in our garden in Wales, UK where create all of my pencil portraits.

Our studio is surrounded by trees and so we have a bird feeder where we watch the birds while we are working. We have a family of woodpeckers, Jays, Nuthatches and an abundance of Finches, Blue Tits and tiny Coal Tits. My favoruite has to be the Tree Creeper. Squirrels scurry on the floor eating up all of the nuts and seeds that they drop.

I am accompanied in my studio by my Tibetan Terrier called Lily who sleeps at my feet while drawing. She has a very mischievous personality and keeps me smiling all day long. Why not follow me through the garden gate below to find out where my portrait are created...!

Pencil Pet Portraits Melanie Phillips
Pet Portraits Studio


Send me your photos and tell me about your pet

I find graphite pencil a wonderful medium for pet portraits to describe the many varied textures of animals. It allows me to create detail not only in the animal but also the setting and background too. For all of my pencil drawings I work from one main photo for the pose, so if you have a favourite photo that you love, and its good quality, I can hand draw this for you and create you a beautiful work of art.

If you are looking to have a pencil pet portrait and you would like to ask a question, why not email and let me know your ideas for a portrait!