Bella & Bryn
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water
Bella & Bryn - Detailed Pet Portraits in Charcoal.
Bella & Bryn - Home of pet portraits and beautifully handcrafted animal-inspired products made in the Cotswolds.
Pet portraits are a great way to commemorate your furry friend or make a lovely gift for someone special. I am a self-taught artist specialising in charcoal pencil for a striking finish. Please see my website or send me a message for more details.
About Emma’s Pet Portraits
For a lot of owners a pet is so much more than just a pet – they are another member of the family. An animal portrait can be a lovely gift or way of commemorating a beloved pet.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" Anatole France
I have always been drawn to animals and I have always had a pet around the house. With my love of drawing it has always been natural for me to use my pets as subjects and I have been drawing pet portraits now for 15 years.
As well as doing pet portraits I have also dabbled in wildlife portraiture and my works have included a tiger, owl and vulture. Animals are all so incredibly well adapted to their own individual environments and I love exploring their characters and bringing them to life on the paper. Drawing is definitely a labour of love for me and my style focuses heavily on detail so my drawings can take up to 20 hours to complete.
Why I use charcoal pencil
A lot of people ask me if I work in colour as well as charcoal. Whilst I love working with colour and have completed colour portraits in the past, I have always been drawn to black and white images. In my youth I studied photographers such as Bill Brandt and Ansel Adams and found that monochrome images can have an impact on the viewer that coloured images just can’t achieve in the same way.
Black and white is timeless and it accentuates shadows, highlights and textures. I love trying to bring out the huge range of grey tones in my work.
I find that taking the colour out of an image strips it of any distractions allowing the subject to speak for itself and for its unique character to really shine through. It’s for this same reason that I also do not include backgrounds in my portraits.
The first step is to email me some high quality images of your subject. It is normally best to send a few different ones as I can then assess which one I think will work best and it also gives me a better feel for the appearance and character of the subject.
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