Pastels, pencils and paper

I offer portraits in pastels and coloured pencils as standard. I also work in acrylics and watercolour, so ask for a quote if you'd prefer something non-standard. Each medium has a slightly different visual effect and you can see examples in my gallery.

Molly - pastels on pastelmat


Pastels have a soft finish which is superb for reproducing the textures of fur or feathers. They are a popular choice and my personal preference for pet portraits.

All materials used are chosen with quality and durability in mind, to help ensure that your portrait will last for many years without degradation. I use premium, professional quality soft pastels and pastel pencils, which have strong, light-fast pigments.  These are applied to an acid-free ground such as 'Pastelmat'', which is specifically designed for use with pastels, eliminating the need for fixative sprays.  I will supply your portrait mounted between a conservation grade bevelled mount mat and acid free backing board, ready for framing. 

Ideally. pastels paintings should be framed under glass (I don't recommend using acrylic glazing or plexiglass for pastels). For ease of handling, some clients choose to have their portrait framed prior to dispatch, which I can arrange. Please ask for a quote if you'd like this.

Coloured pencil commission - Moby and Frank

Coloured pencils

Unlike the crayons you may remember from childhood, these coloured pencils are on a completely different level. As with pastels, the technique used involves building up layers of colour. The finished result is smooth and sharp, making coloured pencils an excellent choice for portraits with fine detail.

I use professional artist quality pencils with light-fast pigments such as Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursoft and Prismacolor. They are applied to an acid-free surface, either 'Pastelmat'' or cotton paper.  Portrait backgrounds may involve using pencils in conjunction with Pan Pastels for improved coverage. As with pastels portraits, I supply all coloured pencil portraits mounted on a conservation grade bevelled mount mat, ready for framing. 

Either glass or acrylic glazing is suitable for framing coloured pencil portraits.