Welcome to my Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Portrait of Bilbo. This portrait was commissioned by Tony based in the UK as a gift to himself and his wife. Read more about the commission, read about Bilbo and see lots of photos of the drawing below.
The photos below show the portrait prior to framing on my plan chest with my pencils to help show scale. As you can see it was a fairly large drawing to fit the three dogs in comfortably full body.
Tony Goode, UK emailed me in December 2014 to ask if I was i the artist who had exhibited at Crufts that year. The truthful answer was no and that although i have had work at Crufs many years ago, it unfortunately wasn't me that year. However, even though it wasnt me, i would love to draw Bilbo!
Tony and his wife telephoned me to tell me all about their dog and sent over some beautiful photos of him. Tony's hobby is photogrpay and he had taken many wonderful photos of Bilbo so I was spoilt for choice in choosing 'the one' to use as the basis of the portrait.
Tony decided he wanted a 16 x 12 head and shoulder pencil portrait showing Bilbo's eyes, although they requested that his wonderful long fur to fall naturally over the edges of his eyes, which is how is usually is on a daily basis.
The main photo we all chose to use was one of Bilbo who has recently come back from the groomers and I used other photos as reference for the strands of longer hair.
Tony telephoned me personally to thank me for the drawing of Bilbo - its always wonderful to speak to our clients on the phone :) Tony and I had a number of lovely chats over the time, not only about Bilbo but also about iMacs too!
Tony very kindly took a photo of the portrait when it was framed. I love the dark frame with matching inner mount. It works really well with Tonys other framed pieces in his home too.
If you would like me to draw your black Labrador you are more than welcome to email me your photos and ideas for your own portrait. All commissions are unique and every dog is unique. I can create something that’s perfect for you, perhaps as a special gift for your family.