fine art pet portraits by commission
Welcome to my pencil pet portrait artist gallery. All of the pencil portraits below have been hand drawn by myself. I have such a wonderful job and am very lucky to be able to sit at my drawing desk every day and portray all of the wonderful dogs, cats and horses that clients commission me to draw.
I have collated a few of my personal favourite pencil portrait commissions here from over the last few years. As you can see I can draw all animals - dog, cats, horses, widlife and farm animals.
I am commissioned far and wide for my portraits and it's so lovely to think that my drawings reside in far flung places from Australia, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, France and Italy to name a few. I love chatting to my clients via email from around the world too.
If you are looking for a portrait for a special date please drop me a line! My dedicated website is at the link below and I look forward to working with you soon! Pencil Pet Portraits Website »
The portrait of Memphis was a 14 x 11 pencil drawing framed in our Albany Onyx frame. It was commissioned a Christmas surprise for friends. They were delighted. If you would like to read more about the commission, pop over to my dedicated pencil pet portraits website to read the story.
Hope all is well! Just wanted to send a few pictures of Memphis and the beautiful portrait of her you did. Our friends loved the gift and kept talking about how talented you are. My husband and I have three dogs ourselves and are already talking about getting portraits of them. Thanks again for everything and Happy New Year!
The portrait of Stormy was a 12 x 10 pencil drawing framed in our Madison Slate frame with an accompanying silver plaque. Sadly stormy had passed away and Michael and his family wanted a portrait from one of their favourite photos to remember her by. It was such a perfect photo and one of my favourite portraits to date.
Michael telephoned me personally to thank me for the drawing. I spoke to him on a number of occasions which was really lovely. I am so thrilled they love the portrait of Stormy.
Brodie was commissioned by Sandra who wanted a portrait of their spaniel as a birthday present for her husband Dave. The pencil drawing was an 18" x 14" portrait drawn in 2018 and I loved every minute. I adore drawing spaniels, especially all of those curls! I hope you like Brodie and the photo Sandra took of Dave with Brodie and the portrait too!
We finally got Brodie framed and are delighted with the finished article. Thank you again for all your help and advice. Sandra, Dave & Brodie
Returning client Ben commissoned a montage pencil portrait of his beautiful dog Vera as a surprise Christams gift for his wife Marisa. I have created a number of portraits for Ben and his family and this one of Vera was wonderful to draw, I loved every minute! Head on oever to Veras webpage on my dedicated pencil website to read more about the commission - montage pencil pet portraits.
Melanie, This shot is not the greatest, I need a better angle and lighting. But we got our montage framed. Vera approves! I will send more soon if I can get Vera to sit. This was a struggle, we got snow this week and they're all nuts!
Hope you are doing well.
The portrait of Flash was commissioned by a returning client in Australia. Jo and her daughter missed their pony Flash tremendously when he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. They both wanted a large pencil drawing to remember him by. The portrait was a 30 x 20 inches pencil drawing and you can see the scale in comparison to my pencils in the photo of the drawing below.
Melanie, Opening your beautiful sketch of Flash made me and my daughter burst into tears, you have captured him so perfectly. Every happiness, Jo x
The pencil drawing of Biscuit was commissioned as a surprise gift form one friend to another. Sadly Biscuit passed away and was a very special friend so deserved to have a very special portrait. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing Biscuit and the client was delighted with the results.
Jeanette contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw her beautiful cat called Penny. She wanted a cat portrait to celebrate her 50th birthday and emailed some fabulous photos of Penny for me to see. Jeanette had taken some amazing photos of Penny outside in her garden with natural light which is perfect for a portrait. I have added a final stage of the pet portrait below, along with photos of Penny next to my pencils. Jeanette very kindly emailed some photo of Penny when she was framed too.
The portrait looks fab, you have captured her personality, we cannot wait to see the original. We really would like to see the photos of the portrait with your pencils! Thank you so much, it is beautiful, you have certainly have the skill to capture a true likeness.
Many thanks, Jeanette xx
The portrait of Blue was commissioned by returning client Ben as a surprise gift for his wife. Ben very kindly took a photo of blue with his portrait and you can read about it in Ben’s email below. I have created a few portraits for Ben and his family which is wonderful.
Melanie, Yes he sits pretty well. Especially when I am holding treats in my other hand! It was ungodly cold in the Midwestern US last week so he had a shirt on just to keep the chill off. He is a sweet little guy.
Much thanks to you for your wonderful work.
Talk to you again soon.
Kevin based in the USA, commissioned a pencil drawing at 18 x 14 size of his two cats as a surprise gift for his wife Erika. The portrait was frame din our Madison Slate frame with a double mount. The inner colour is a dark grey and it really goes well with both the frame and drawing enhancing it beautifully.
Erika is going to love it!
In 2016 Paula commissioned me to draw Teasel, who had sadly passed away. She was just so beautiful and I really enjoyed drawing her, Teasels eyes were wonderful to portray. Paula was thrilled with her portrait and said it felt it was like having Teasel back with her, which is just amazing. You can read a snippet from one of Paula's emails below and see a photo of Paula with the framed portrait.
Your drawing has helped me through some sad and lonely times, I cannot thank you enough. Best wishes, Paula. xxx
This is one of my favourite cat portrait to date and it is of a gorgeous cat called Gilli. My client commissioned a montage drawing as a birthday gift and if you scroll down you can see a video of it.
Hi Melanie, Thank you so much, its perfect! My friend will love it. Vivian.
Jane and Mark wanted to commission a montage drawing of their daughters horse Casanova for her 16th birthday. Casanova is a huge part of Olivia's life. Jane often takes Olivia around the UK for show jumping competitions and events. They had already chosen the 5 photos they wanted me to work from for the pencil montage. They were great quality and they sent them to me via Dropbox, which is a super way of sending us photos. Jane and myself chatted on the telephone about the photos for the portrait. One of the photos that holds the best memory for them all was the top right photo of Olivia with Casanova when she met him for the very first time. She also very kindly posed for a photo with the portrait which you can see below.
Hi Melanie, It looks great, Olivia will love it! Cant wait to get it now. Jane x
Back in December 2015, Simon called me to make arrangements to send a voucher pack to his brother Adam as a birthday present. He thought it might be a lovely idea to have a portrait of his current dog Willow. Adam contacted me with a slightly different request. He wanted to have a drawing of his previous dog Poppy as they missed her and wanted an ever lasting memory of her. Adam had taken some amazing photos of Poppy and all was arranged. Then a UK Learn to Draw magazine emailed me to ask if it would be OK to feature my artwork in their upcoming edition. I was thrilled and immediately thought of the commission of Poppy as i knew it would work really well to help budding artists understand how to create a portrait in pencil of a dog using lots of different techniques. Adam was thrilled and was excited to see not only Poppy’s portrait, but poppy in print too! You can see a number of stages from the magazine, the final stage of Poppy and the portrait framed too.
Hi Melanie, This is superb we love it - thank you. We feel you have really captured her character, she was a very sweet and gentle dog. We really look forward to receiving it and seeing your magazine article. Thanks again. Regards, Adam Lafosse
One of my favourite portraits of 2016 was of a gorgeous Tibetan Terrier called Hollie. I absolutely loved every minute of drawing Hollie as I also have a Tibetan Terrier. Caroline commissioned me to draw Hollie as a surprise gift for her mum. The portrait was very well received as you can see from the fabulous photo of Caroline and her mum below. I love it! I hope that it will be an ever lasting memory of their very best friend.
Mum is so happy.... Hollie is in the living room above the TV looking over at the front door which is what she used to do, just waiting for someone to walk past for her to bark at! Haha :D Typical Tibetan Terrier! Caroline x
Max was a very special cat portrait commission that will stay close to my heart always. Rebecca emailed to ask a very unusual request. Could I draw their dearly departed cat Max, plus also include some of his ashes and a whisker in the portrait. I was very happy to do this! The photos of Max were beautiful, he had such stunning blue eyes that it was a shame not to include them in the pencil drawing. So I discussed with Rebecca the possibility of creating them using a mixture of watercolour and coloured pencil. I added small amount of colour to my cat portraits in the past so I knew this would work well. Rebecca mailed me some of Max's ashed and a few of his whiskers. I was unable to add the ashes into the actual drawing, however i used them to create his name and I lightly glued one of his whiskers onto the portrait as his actual whisker. It all worked out beautifully. We had our framer frame the portrait and as you can see from the photos below, it all came together beautifully! Rebecca and her family were delighted as you can read below.
Oh Melanie.....Just unwrapped the portrait.....I had a weep!!!!It is absolutely beautiful.....you have captured the essence of his character....My husband spotted the whisker first....and the name is perfect. Thank you....will send a picture shortly. We have put him in our extension and will wait for some good light....after all he was a sunshine pussy cat! Thank you he's now back with us, Cheers, Rebecca
Tracy, a returning client, commissioned me to draw her beautiful cocker spaniel called Moo. They are one of my favourite breeds to portray and I thoroughly enjoyed drawing her. We framed the portrait with our local framer and Tracey took time out of her busy schedule to collect the portrait from our studio. We took the opportunity to take some photos of myself, Tracey and Moo with the portrait which you can see below.
Perfect! Thanks Mel See you soon. Tracey x
The pencil drawing of Ollie was commissioned by Steve as a Christmas surprise for his wife. The portrait was a 16 " x 12" pencil drawing and you can see a photo of my hand and pencil on the photo below.
Thank you, the portrait arrived safe and sound. Will save the grand unveiling until Christmas day!! Thanks for all your hard work.
Sylvia called me in the studio from Guernsey asking if i would be able to create two portraits for her, both framed. One was to be sent direct to her son in England and the other was to be sent to the USA to her granddaughter and family. Sylvia initially wanted them to both be completed before Christmas, however I was fully booked and overspilling into the following year. So Sylvia opted for email vouchers to be sent and the portrait to be completed in January. The first portrait to be completed was of Mango, her son's dog who sadly had been put to sleep that year and their entire family missed him tremendously. I have added a photo of me drawing, along with photos of the portrait framed, with a detail of the silver engraved plaque. Sylvia visited her son a few months later and very kindly took a photo of him with the portrait. I am so thrilled when my clients take photos of the portraits - even more so when they are in the photos too!
Hi Melanie, Absolutely fantastic, thank you, let me know when you have dispatched it. Sylvia
Hi Melanie, At last we visit our son and see the portrait of Mango taking pride of place on his wall. Thank you, Sylvia
Howard purchased a gift voucher as a Christmas gift for his wife as he wanted her to have a pencil portrait of their two cats Pixie and Boots. Julie was thrilled and took some lovely photos of their cats..although they are very difficult to photography. She took some of the photos out side in the garden which helped for lighting. I have added a photo below, which Julie sent when the cat portrait was framed with her local framer, displayed in their home. I have also added a final stage and photo of my hand working on the pet portrait.
Hi Melanie, You have captured their personalities beautifully. I'm really pleased with it; I wanted it to be of a 'significant' size and not look cramped. We did attempt to take some photos of them with the portrait but they are not performers and now it has turned too hot so they aren't keen on being handled! Best wishes. Julie
Tara and her company purchased one of our gift vouchers as a retirement present for their employee Gail. Gail had two beautiful cocker spaniels called Jenny and Fern. Tara felt that a portrait of them would be a really lovely leaving present. Tara wanted Gail to have complete control over the gift and have exactly what she wanted so the Gift Voucher idea was perfect. Gail took lots of photos of her dogs and emailed me plenty of photos to draw from. As you can see the portraits came out beautifully. I drew Jenny and Fern on a 16 x 12 size which is perfect for two head studies. You can read one of Gail emails below and see photos and details of the portrait too.
Received the picture yesterday all in tact. Both my husband and I are very very please with it. It looks amazing. I have attached a picture. Thank you again for everything it has been well worth the wait.
Marcella emailed to ask if I would be able to draw three dog portraits for her family in time for Christmas. The dogs were two English Setters called Violet and Gill, a white Setter called Rooney and a gorgeous Springer Spaniel called Charlie. Charlie was Marcella's dog, Rooney belonged to her sister and Violet and Gill belonged to Marcella's parents. It was a lot for Marcella to organised and she framed them herself when the drawings arrived, she wrapped and placed them under the tree in time for Christmas day. I have added lots of photos of the final stage, close up photos and a lovely photo of Marcella's sister and mum holding their dog portraits.
Oh my goodness, my mom is going to LOVE it. Charlie is too cute. I love the detail you were able to add on his nose! And you got all the dogs' curls perfectly. I love Violet's little lopsided ears and Gil's curls on the top of his head!
Sarah purchased a gift voucher for a 24 x 18 framed dog portrait in pencil for her friend Paula and their family. Their dogs are called Stanley and Jarvis. Paula took a lovely photo of them which was perfect for a portrait, and it included a lovely background too, which I added in the drawing. It allows the dogs to be in a scene. You can see two testimonials below from both Sarah and Paula along with a lovely photo of the portrait of Stanley and Jarvis in Paula's kitchen diner.
It's beautiful Melanie! I love it! Thanks so much! Will get one of our lab soon too! Sarah X
Dear Melanie, It's really beautiful – I think you have captured them really well. Ben and I are really happy. Best Wishes Paula
Heather contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw their three dogs, Dexter, Tui and Purdey as a surprise 60th Birthday present for her mother. The photo of all three dogs was taken using an iphone a few years ago, so it didn’t hold a lot of detail, however it was enough for me to portray them in a pencil drawing. Heather opted to have the dog pet portrait framed with our framer which is a lovely aged gold frame with a double mount in Hayseed. I have added the final stage below along with some candid photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale and some words from Heather too.
Hi Melanie,The portrait is absolutely beautiful! Really excited to give it to her :-) Thank you so much!! Best Wishes, Heather
Andy, a returning client, commissioned me to draw his friends dog Django in pencil. I have added a final stage of Django along with some candid photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale.
Hello Melanie, Wow! The portrait is absolutely beautiful! Thank you and you do incredible work! Best Regards, Andy
Don (Canada) enquired about having a pencil drawing of his English Setter called Daemon. This was quite an unusual commission as Don requested to also have a drawing created of Daemons paw. It was to be drawn as though we were looking up at his paw at the pads although as if it was pressing down while walking. Don had photos for me to work with and I completed the head study at 12 x 10 and the smaller paw drawing at 6 x 4 inches. Don emailed the most beautiful testimonial which you can read below.
Your portrait arrived today without complications. Both drawings are beautiful. You are a talented artist. The back story on ordering the portrait might interest you being a pet lover.
When I contacted you, Daemon was alive and well. He suffered from a chronic health issue but that never detracted from his happy demeanour. In November, his health deteriorated and we made the terrible decision to end his suffering. We were both deeply attached to him and still miss him every day.
While I have many photos of him, your drawing seems to create more emotional responses to his memory. I think it truly captures his spirit.
Pauline (UK) emailed in 2017 to enquire about commising a 16 x 12 pencil portrait of her nieces horse. The comisison was to be a surprise Christmas present she was arranging with her sister Maureen. Pauline emailed some wonderful photos of Cherokee which were perfect for a pencil drawing. Pauline and her sister were thrilled with the drawing and sent photos and emails when Caroline received the portrait at Christmas. It was a wonderful surprise and Caroline was delighted as you can see!
Caroline was thrilled with the portrait of Cherokee and said it would be greatly cherished. All the family think your portrait is beautiful ! The photo is of Maureen (L) our niece Caroline and me Pauline. (see photo below)
A very Happy New Year to you Nicholas and Lily.
He has arrived !!! Cherry is brilliant !! The frame is a triumph and goes beautifully with the portrait it is propped up in my bedroom at the moment and my sister and I are so delighted with your work. Maureen my sister and I will give it jointly to Caroline. I will ensure you get the photos.
Richard enquired about having a horse pencil drawing of his wife horse Jasper who sadly had to be put to sleep. Richard said..."He was very much a character, I am thinking of a main head portrait then four smaller pictures around the edge, in time for our anniversary in June." Richard emailed some lovely photos of Jasper which worked perfectly for one of my pet portraits pencil montage drawings. Laura emailed me when she received the portrait and also sent me a photo of the portrait displayed in their home which you can see below.
Hi Melanie, Rich surprised me with my portrait of Jasper today. It's absolutely amazing!! I love it!! I had Jasper for over 15 years and knew every marking and hair like the back of my hand and you've captured them all perfectly, thank you so much. It's wonderful! We will send you a photo once it's hung. Thanks again, Laura x
Steve Thomas emailed me asking if i would be able to draw their dog Ziggy, a gorgeous Cockapoo, as a surprise gift for his wife's birthday. His email read..."I realise that you currently have quite a waiting list and therefore I am keen to add my name to this as soon as possible, especially since, if possible, I would really like the picture for a specific date." Both Nicholas and myself have a commissions list and its great when our clients are organised and arrange their portraits with plenty of time to spare! Steve’s wife was thrilled with the portrait and one of Steve's emails is below.
Wow, that is amazing! You have really captured him, thank you. My wife’s birthday is on Sunday and I am sure she will love it. Steve
Stephen Humes commissioned a large drawing of his three Huskies as a surprise present for his wife’s birthday. I enjoyed every minute of this commission as it was so special. There were lots of details to discuss with Stephen from getting good quality photos of the dogs, the composition, the framing, plaque etc. Sasha, Bear and Punky all had amazing blue eyes and so we decided it would be great to have those in colour. I’m not sure if you can see from the final photo as it was so difficult to photograph each dog, however I painted the eyes in watercolour and used coloured pencil for the detail. It worked really well. I also shaded the background a little, again it hasn’t come out that well in the final photo, however it was a gentle shading so that their white fur could stand out from the background. Stephen's wife was thrilled with the outcome and they very kindly sent me a photo of the portrait when it was framed and displayed on the wall. You can also see a photo of me with the painting in our studio when it was complete.
AWESOME! You've outdone yourself. Thank you for all your hard work. You're truly a gifted artist! hank you for all you have done through this process. You rock! Stephen
In 2017 I was asked to draw two cats, one pictured below, for Macadams pet foods. They currently only make food for dogs, however are introducing a new range to their foods in the coming months for cats. Their usual in house illustrator was away on holiday and was unable to complete the illustrations in time. So I stepped in and you can see one of the drawings below along with a box of food from the dog range. I really look forward to seeing the cat food range for sale soon!
Hi Melanie, The work thus far looks tremendous – I’ll let Tom lead comment on the creative but from my perspective - wonderful! Neil
Melanie, Fantastic, they look great, thanks! Tom
Kevin, USA, contacted us to see if I would be able to draw from a photo he had taken of their cats Leo and Lucy as a surprise birthday gift for his wife in December 2018. The photo of the cats were lovely and very suited to a pencil drawing. Kevin asked us to have the portrait framed using our Madison Slate frame. You can see a photo of the portrait framed below too. The drawing was an 18 x 14 pencil drawing traditionally hand drawn.
It looks great. Erika is going to love it.
Lady Carole Bamford commissioned me to draw a portrait of Siyouni, one of the Aga Khan's stud horses as a present for his birthday. This was the third commission from Lady Bamford and I was thrilled to be creating a portrait for her again, especially for the Aga Khan. I have added a final stage of the stallion Siyouni along with some photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale. The portrait was a 12 x 10 pencil drawing and Emma, Lady Carole Bamford's personal assistant emailed to let us know it had arrived to them safely.
Yes, portrait arrived safe and well. Thank you. Excellent. I am sure Lady B will love it. Thanks very much, Best wishes Emma (Personal Assistant to Lady Carole Bamford)
William Archer commissioned a 24 x 18 pencil portrait as a surprise present for his wife on their wedding day. I was thrilled to be part of the celebrations by creating a portrait for them both to treasure and remember for the rest of their lives. Annabel's horse Locksie was to be the main focus of the portrait however William was keep to have Annabel's dogs and cat in the portrait too. So a montage pencil drawing was the perfect option. The pencil portrait was framed with our local framer and you can see the results below. William was delighted and I wish them a long and happy life together!
I absolutely love it and I’m sure Annabel will to!! Thank you very much it’s better than I imagined it to be. Thank you for sorting that all out so quickly!
Thanks again, Will
Lizzie emailed in 2018 to purchase one of our gift vouchers to give to her mum for her 70th birthday. She knew she woudl love to ahve a portrait of her horse but wanted Jane to choose the photo and have full contol over the portrait. Jane emailed me lots of lovely [hotos of Duker but had one favoruite which I used as the basis of the portrait. The email below was to both myself and Jane from Lizzie...
Oh he looks fantastic. Well done Melanie!
Glad you like it Ma!
Allie (UK) found our website and loved my pencil drawings. She emailed over some photos of her dearly departed Cocker Spaniel Monty and placed a deposit immediately to save a space for a pencil portrait. Allie supplied me with wonderful photos of Monty which were perfect for a pencil drawing. I created the drawing at 12 x 10 size and once complete Allie took it to her own local framer and had it framed. You can see photos below of the completed framed drawing along with a candid photo of the drawing with my pencils. Allie emailed during the prices and I have added snippets below for our visitors to read.
Oh Melanie, I think you have captured my beautiful boy perfectly, his eyes in particular....
I picked up Monty today.He looks so very regal and handsome and it is such a very good likeness.Thank you Melanie.
Hi Melanie, We have had builders in, unfortunately for rather longer than planned, so I have decided to send you some photos of Bea and her portrait in the meantime. The picture is a perfect likeness of Bea and also a beautiful drawing in its own right. Charles loves his present and we can't wait to hang the drawing once we have our house back to normal.
All the best, Elizabeth
If you have enjoyed viewing my pet portraits in pencil and wants to see more, why not pop over to my dedicated Pencil Portraits Website. You can view my prices and information, with lots of videos and photos of my drawings in the up close in detail gallery. I have lots of testimonials from my clients there too. Pencil Pet Portraits »