fine art pencil pet portraits by commission

Pencil Pet Portraits by Melanie Phillips

Pencil Pet Portraits Melanie Phillips

Welcome to my pencil pet portraits gallery! My name is Melanie and I am a professional pencil portrait artist. I work from my garden studio drawing dogs, cats and horses.

The photo on the right is me working at my drawing desk on a commission. I work with clients from all over the world, so where ever you are, if you would like to commission me, you are more than welcome!

All of the pencil portraits in my pet portraits gallery below are hand drawn by myself. Click each portrait to view them in more detail along with the reference photos, testimonial from the client, photos of the portraits with my pencils resting on them for scale and the portraits framed.

If you would like to send me your photos for a drawing, you are more than welcome to from my pet portraits contact page. I’m looking forward to working with you and hearing all about your pet soon!


Montage Pencil Pet Portraits

My pencil portraits are bespoke, hand drawn drawn portraits, traditionally hand drawn by myself. Every pencil drawing is unique and I work with cleints to desing the portraits to their specifications. With my montage drawings they are a collation of studies, often one main study in the centre and either 1 to 4 or more studies around the edge. My clients love my pencil montages as I am able to depict their pet in various poses and in different stages through their lives from puppy hood to adult. My montage drawings are also fabulous to show your dog doing different actives like agility, fly-ball and field work to show poses and relaxing in lots of different poses.


Taking Photographs for your portrait

Photographs are key for the basis of a good portrait, one of the most important parts of the process. Digital cameras are the best way of photographing your pet, however good quality tablets and mobiles can work well. The best way to take photos is outside getting close to your subject. Get down on their level taking as many photos as you possibly can. Don’t be afraid to take an abundance of photos! If you would like to read about taking photos for a portrait I have created a lovely page showing previous portraits. You can see photos clients have emailed and how the commission turned out. It might give you an insight into how you would like to see your pet portrayed, as it all starts with a good photo.

Taking photos for a portrait »

Bespoke Framing for Portraits

My pencil drawings must be mounted / matted and framed under glass. I have a wonderful framer called Amanda and we work closely together, along with my clients to create the perfect frame for you. Amanda has an abundance of mouldings in her framing shop and has access to thousands more, so we are sure to find the right frame for you. If you would like your portrait framed with us, clients usually let us know the kind of frame they are looking for and I email a number of frame mouldings for you to choose from. We also discuss the kind of mount / matt that would work with the drawing too. Why not visit my framing gallery to find out more about Amanda's frames and see some previous framed commissions. Framing Pencil Portraits »

Whats on my desk!

I took some video of the portraits on my drawing desk.


get in touch

If you are interested in commissioning a pencil drawing, you are more than welcome to email me photos of your pet at anytime. I am very much looking forward to working with you soon!