Petra Smits

Animal portraits in coloured pencil and pastel

I specialise in drawing highly detailed, realistic animal portraits from a photo provided by you. All drawings are created with the highest quality archival and lightfast materials. On this page I have provided some helpful guidelines that you may find useful before ordering a portrait.

Please take into account that there may be a waiting list. Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

The materials I use for your custom pet portrait

 

The portraits I draw are usually a mix between coloured pencil and pastels. I use this technique because it provides the most beautiful and intense colours. In some portraits I might predominantly use coloured pencil and in some pastels, but I will do whatever it takes to get the desired result.

The paper I use is Pastelmat paper, this is a nice sturdy 360gsm paper that grips pastel and pencil very well.

 

In general I don't frame portraits unless they can be collected in person at my studio in the Netherlands.

I recommend having the drawing framed by a professional or framing it yourself with a mat behind real glass.

I use standard sizes to make framing the portrait yourself easier. However if you live in a country that doesn't use the metric system your standard frame size might be a little different, please don't hesitate to let me know so I can adapt the drawings size to the closest available standard frame and mat size that is used in your country.

 

Prices

 

You can find my current prices here

 

Photo guidelines

 

A good quality photo is very important. A high resolution image will result in a more detailed drawing.

Please read the page Photo tips before sending me your photo.

 

 

 

 

 

© Copyright remains the property of the artist. I may use images of the artwork for promotional purposes, prints, cards etc, but your identity, personal information and privacy remain my priority. You may not reproduce the artwork for any purpose without my written permission. I keep a digital copy of your portrait on file, if you wish to purchase reproductions.

 

I specialise in drawing highly detailed, realistic animal portraits from a photo provided by you. All drawings are created with the highest quality archival and lightfast materials.

On this page I have provided some helpful guidelines that you may find useful before ordering a portrait.

Please take into account that there may be a waiting list.

 

Pastel or coloured pencil?

 

The main difference between coloured pencils and pastels is the material that they are made of. Pastel is a "chalky" medium and coloured pencils are oil or wax based. The overall look of a pastel drawing is a little softer than one in coloured pencil and the colours are beautifully saturated.

A coloured pencil drawing is more detailed and a lot more work. This is reflected in the price.

 

A pastel drawing is more fragile than one created with coloured pencils.

Pastels always need to be framed, with a mat, behind real glass (perspex has static properties that will attract dust particles from the inside).

For examples of both mediums which I use, please take a look at 'Gallery'.

 

Prices    

 

You can find my current prices here

 

Photo guidelines

 

A good quality photo is very important. A high resolution image will result in a more detailed drawing.

Please read the page Photo tips before sending me your photo.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright remains the property of the artist. I may use images of the artwork for promotional purposes, prints, cards, etc.

© Copyright remains the property of the artist. I may use images of the artwork for promotional purposes, prints, cards, etc.

I specialise in drawing highly detailed, realistic animal portraits from a photo provided by you. All drawings are created with the highest quality archival and lightfast materials.

On this page I have provided some helpful guidelines that you may find useful before ordering a portrait.

Please take into account that there may be a waiting list.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

Materials

 

The portraits I draw are usually a mix between coloured pencil and pastels. I use this technique because it provides the most beautiful and intense colours. In some portraits I might predominantly use coloured pencil and in some pastels, but I will do whatever it takes to get the desired result.

The paper I use is Pastelmat paper, this is a nice sturdy 360gsm paper that grips pastel and pencil very well.

 

I generally don't frame portraits unless they can be collected in person at my studio in the Netherlands.

I recommend having the drawing framed by a professional or framing it yourself with a mat, behind real glass.

I use standard sizes to make framing the portrait yourself easier. However if you live in a country that doesn't use the metric system your standard frame size might be a little different, please don't hesitate to let me know so I can adapt the drawings size to the closest available standard frame and mat size that is used in your country.

 

Prices    

 

You can find my current prices here

 

Photo guidelines

 

A good quality photo is very important. A high resolution image will result in a more detailed drawing.

Please read the page Photo tips before sending me your photo.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright remains the property of the artist. I may use images of the artwork for promotional purposes, prints, cards, etc.