Commissioned Portraits: Pearle and Belle, Finished

“Pearle”, pencil on illustration board, 22″ x 28″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Pearle”, pencil on illustration board, 22″ x 28″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Pearle’s portrait is finally completed, and I have both her portrait and that of her predecessor Belle here for a final finishing. You can read the first post about this portrait for a little more background information on these portraits, but this is the second portrait I’ve done for this customer; Belle was his first bichon frise and I did a similar portrait of her in 2001. Now there is Pearle and her portrait is the same size and style, and will be matted and framed identical to Belle’s portrait.

One thing we’ve decided to add to both is their name in a sort of script, which Pearle’s person left up to me and which is why I have Belle’s portrait here right now, so that I can take that portrait out of the frame and add her name. I love to draw my scripts so I worked up a style in pencil that I felt fit well with the style of the portraits.

The text of Pearle's name added to the center of the portrait.
The text of Pearle’s name added to the center of the portrait.

I will mention that these are phone photos and you’ll see some “gray areas”. Pencil is impossible to photograph without a set of lights to evenly illuminate the paper because the paper shows every single shadow. Typically I scan them, but I actually have to rearrange my studio to position my printer/scanner so that I can capture all of a drawing this large—22″ x 28″. I’ll be doing that when I finish the framing this weekend, but for now these are okay.

And here are the finished faces in Pearle’s portrait.

Expression 6
Expression 6
Expression 5
Expression 5
Expression 4
Expression 4
Expressions 2 and 3`
Expressions 2 and 3
Expression 1
Expression 1

. . . . . . .


Here is Belle’s original pencil portrait with her name added…

“Belle”, pencil on illustration board, 22″ x 28″, 2001 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Belle”, pencil on illustration board, 22″ x 28″, 2001 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

And a detail of the text itself.

The text added to Belle's portrait.
The text added to Belle’s portrait.

I’m so pleased to have this portrait completed and to see the two side by side—and to have the opportunity to scan the original portrait as well, which I’d done before having a scanner large or accurate enough to capture pencil.

On to the next ones, several to finish!


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2 thoughts on “Commissioned Portraits: Pearle and Belle, Finished

  • July 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    B…expressions 4 and 6 are exceptional !!!! you did an awesome job on this portrait !! ♥♥ L

    • August 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

      Thanks so much Tabbies! I owe that to Pearle’s person who had lots and lots of photos.


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