fine art pencil pet portraits by commission

Spaniel Pencil Pet Portraits

Welcome to the portrait of Monty the Spaniel! He has such amazing eyes and I thoroughly enjoyed drawing him as surprise birthday gift for my client to give to his wife. Scroll down to read more about the commission.

Cocker Spaniel Pet Portraits

About the Commission of Monty

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Tony Stockwell, UK, telephoned me in June 2013 to commission a pencil drawing of his gorgeous Cocker Spaniel called Monty. He wanted to commission a pencil drawing in time for his wife Julie's birthday in July. It was all very hush, hush and Tony often called me from the bottom of his garden to make arrangements without his wife knowing! I love it when my clients are sneaky when organising surprises for their better halves!

Monty is a Cocker Spaniel - one of my favourite breeds to portray and Tony took a range of photos especially for the portrait. Monty modelled very well and as always a few dog treats always come in handy when getting dogs to model for photos. Tony requested a 12 x 10 pencil portrait and I really enjoyed drawing him. A delight!

The portrait was framed by my local framer. When Tony presented the portrait to his wife Julie, she was over the moon and emailed me to thank me!


Hi Melanie,
Just wanted to say thank you very much for the sketch you did of Monty, Julie and I are very pleased, I did not realise just how good it would be, had to fight back a few tears when I saw Julie's face when she opened it. Thank you again for making Julie's birthday so memorable.


Hi Melanie,
I received your wonderful portrait of Monty today for my birthday. Have just been on your website and seen the work in progress as well ! I can't tell you how thrilled I am both with the surprise that Tony arranged but also with the wonderful quality of your work. Monty just seems to come to life on the page, I don't know how you manage to do it but his eyes are perfect and it is just him looking out of the frame at me !
Thank you so much,
I shall treasure it forever,
Julie x

The Portrait Framed

My local framer framed the portrait for Tony. This frame is actually discontinued now, however I have lots of amazing frames in my framing gallery. Pop over to my gallery to see more commissions and the frames in more detail.

Cocker Spaniel Pet Portraits Framed


Spaniel Pencil Pet Portraits

If you have enjoyed viewing the portrait of Monty and would like to commission a special portrait of your own, please do email me your photos and ideas for your portrait at any time. All commissions are unique and I can create something that’s perfect for you.


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