Welcome to my videos page. I film many of my pencil pet portraits, framed, unframed and in progress so my clients can see the portraits in a little more detail. I find it is much more three dimensional than the final scans. click the tabs for more content and info about each portrait. I hope you enjoy the videos.
These three dogs are called Dexter, Tui and Purdy and were commissioned by a client in the UK as a surprise gift for Christmas 2016. The drawing is a 24 x 18 on Italian Hot Pressed Watercolour paper, hand drawn by myself - Melanie Phillips.
Melanie : This is my latest pencil portrait and it's of three dogs called Purdy, Dexter and Tui and it's a 24 x 18 pencil drawing. If I can go slightly closer you're going to be able to see more detail - ignoring the reflections of the studio. You can see the pencil drawing in slightly more detail and it's framed in Antique Spoon. iI's a really lovely frame it kind of reflects the light that's in the room, it's a little bit gold / pewter with the aged effect. It's really difficult to describe, its a kind of a blue tinge to it and it's really really pretty. Then we've got a double amount as well and so I hope you like it. It's gonna be heading off to the recipient this coming week as a surprise gift.
The portrait of Kilo was a 16 x 12 pencil drawing. It was hand drawn by myself - Melanie, and it headed off to its new home in the USA in 2016. Click on the final scan tab to view the drawing in more detail.
Melanie : This is my latest portrait to come off of my easel and to be framed. If I get slightly closer you can see that it's been framed in the Windsor Wash frame and it looks really nice. The inner colour mount is a little bit darker and I chose this because i shaded the background of the portrait and I wanted something that was going to bring out the darker tones around the eyes and the nose. I think it works really well and it's one of our favourite frames. I can go slightly closer and focusing so that you can see all the lovely textures. It that I think the colours of the frame work beautifully with the actual tones of the pencil drawing as well and if I get slightly closer still, you should be able to see a bit more detail. So this one is going to be packed up and sent on its way to my clients in America. We send our portraits UPS so we'll pack it up and get it already. It won't be long I have another video I hope you enjoyed this one.
I very much enjoyed creating this portrait of Gilli for my client. She commissioned the drawing as a birthday gift and if you head on over to my gallery page - view the portrait standing on its easel stand, it really is worth the visit! Gilli's Pet Portrait
Melanie : This is my most recent portrait to come off of my drawing board and it's a pencil montage of a cat called Gilli. If I go in slightly closer you should be able to see it in a little more detail. it was really really great to draw I loved it, particularly the central study which is my favourite along with this study down in the bottom right hand corner. It's been really really good fun to put it all together and also to design as well. The portrait is framed in a black and smoke coloured and mount / matt, I'm not quite sure if you can see the mount very clearly along with the black frame however I think it works beautifully. The portrait is for a surprise and it's heading off to Hong Kong. I'm going to pack it up in a minute and send it on its way so hopefully the recipient will be thrilled. Thank you for watching! Published on 12 July 2016
I was thrilled to work with Kim (USA) who commissioned me to draw her stunning cat Tyson who is sadly no longer with us. The drawing was a 12 x 10 inches and it was framed using our very popular Windsor Wash frame. Click on the final scan tab to see Tyson in more detail.
Melanie : This is one of my latest portraits to be framed and it's of a beautiful cat called Tyson. Our framer Amanda has framed it beautifully we're so pleased with the outcome. My client wanted a slightly distressed frame and a double mount she originally chose an orange colour but with the colour of the distressed frame we found a mount colour that matched perfectly. I'm absolutely in love on this frame, you've got the inner detail which then mimics the different colours of the the double mount. We are so so please and I'm hoping it's going to look lovely displayed in the client's home. I think overall it's come out beautifully and we hope you like it too - and thank you for watching.
You can see two portraits in this video, one if Nicholas's oil painting and the other Cassanova is my pencil drawing. It was a 24 x 18 inches montage. It was commissioned as a birthday surprise and you can read more about the portrait on my gallery page.
Melanie : We've got two portraits in the studio at the moment that are just about to be packed up and sent to clients for birthdays next week. We thought it was a good opportunity to take for a video of them both together. They are both completely different - obviously one is an oil painting and one is a pencil montage. Nicholas created the portrait of Gypsy I oils. If I go slightly closer we can see how lovely it is it's really really beautiful and it's been framed using the Chelsea frame. The colours of the Chelsea frame worked so well with the colours of the grass and the sky. The trees alos. This is one of our favourite frames and it just feels as though Gypsy is walking along and then turns and looks at us - as if we are looking through a window into a lovely field. The portrait of Casanova is pencil montage - 24 by 18 icnhes and has been framed it in the honey knots frame which is one of our favourite frames for the pencil drawings. if I go slightly closer you can see that we've got a double mount this time which works really well and draws the eye in to the little studies. It's also got an engraved plaque that's actually been set into the mountain itself so it works superbly underneath the glass So these two portraits are going to be packed up and sent off and hopefully we'll have two very happy clients.
Here is a dedicated video for Cassanova, an 24 x 18 montage. It was commissioned as a birthday surprise and you can read more about the portrait on my gallery page.
Melanie : This is the latest portrayed to come off my drawing board and it's a lovely horse called Casanova and it's a 24 by 18 montage. You can see that the clients requested a head study in the central area of the porttrait and then particular photographs that they wanted showing the horse and rider doing different things. You can see them a little bit more clearlyif i zoom in. The portrait has been framed with a beautiful double mount which works really well and you should be able to see that the plaque has been inset into the mount, so it's all behind glass. Obviously you can see my reflection! The frame is the Honey Knots frame is one of our favourites, it works beautifully with pencil drawings because it doesn't take away from the actual artwork, it's just really complements really well. I hope you like this portrait, there'll be another video along soon!