pencil portraits by commission

Pencil Portraits of Pets

My name is Melanie and I am a professionally trained pencil portrait artist. I create custom pet portraits from photos, drawing dogs, cats and horses in pencil. If you are looking to commission a hand drawn pencil portrait, you have come to the right place! 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.

Pet Portraits in Pencil Gallery by Melanie Phillips
Pet Portraits in Pencil Gallery by Melanie Phillips

Click the images above to visit my pencil pet portraits gallery which displays just a few of the pet portrait commissions from the last few years. View larger versions of my pencil drawings, the reference photos I used, some lovely testimonials and the portraits framed in my gallery. Why not also check out my In Detail Gallery to see my portraits close up.


Commissioning Pencil Portraits

If you would like a detailed description of how my custom pencil portraits works, pop over to my 'Commisisoning 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!

Commissioning Process »

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


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


Watch your painting come to life On The Easel

Visit our On The Easel blog to see what we have posted. 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 our work along with new from the studio. Pop over to see what we have posted today On The Easel or subscribe below to get a weekly round-up.

Pet Portraits and Pet Portraits in progress


Look around my pencil pet portraits studio...

Pencil Pet Portraits Melanie Phillips

View photos of my pencil pet portraits studio and see where I create all of my commissioned pencil drawings from your photos. 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 and look after our websites and social media.

We are surrounded by trees and have two large bird feeders where we can watch the birds while we are working. We have a family of woodpeckers, Jays, Nuthatches and an abundance of Finches, Blue Tits, my favourite being the tiny Coal Tits. Squirrels scurry on the floor eating up all of the peanuts and seeds 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.

I am commissioned worldwide and would love to draw your pet for you. Follow me down to find out where my portrait are created...!

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!