Whether they have fur, feathers or scales, I want to immortalise your treasured companion in a keepsake you can cherish forever.
'A Fond Farewell'
Completed in graphite, on smooth cartridge paper, this portrait is of the gorgeous Valegro - The Dancing Horse. Now retired from competition, the reference for this piece was taken at his retirement ceremony and was kindly donated by Sam at Frog & Field.
This portrait is also available as a mounted or framed print. To purchase your print just click here to be taken to my Etsy store.
You can find more examples of my graphite work under the graphite section of my portfolio, or click here to go directly.
This portrait of the lovely Sasha was done in prismacolor on Bristol Board paper. Sasha was commissioned by Kirsty for a christmas present for her partner. Sadly Sasha is no longer with us. She was one of a kind and it deeply missed by her owners.
There is a section for my colour pencil work under the portfolio section. Just click here to be taken straight there.
As well as pet portraits, I have also drawn a few wildlife pieces. Most of these are available at my Etsy store.
About The Artist
My name is Mel, I do all my drawing around family life. I have two young children, 3.5yrs and 7 months. I specialise in pet portraits completed in graphite and colour pencil.
I have been drawing for as long as I remember. I spent a lot of time around horses when I was growing up and found myself practicing on them most of all. Although I love drawing every animal, as each one presents a different challenge, horses definitely remain my favourite. I started drawing in graphite and found myself perfecting these skills before extending them by adding colour. I am fully self-taught, literally learning by putting pencil to paper and drawing what's in front of me.
I first started MC Animal Portraits in 2011 after my partner saw me doodling and told me I should do something with it. It wasn't long till I sold my first portrait. With the support of family and friends my confidence grew and I haven't looked back since.
As a pet owner and animal lover, I fully understand the bond that comes with having a pet. The way they can make you smile, laugh or cry with just a look! Many consider their pets to be another member of the family, and therefore I consider it very important to capture the personality & character of each individual animal I have the pleasure of drawing.
I take a massive amount of pride in what I do. If I'm not happy with a piece for any reason, I will not take payment and will often start fresh. To me they are not just a picture that will hang on a wall, or stand on the side, they are a part of someones life, your life. They hold memories and feelings of the past, present and future.