This new commission to create a portrait of Harvey, a young King Charles Spaniel, was a real challenge. His colouring and unique expression demanded a special attention to detail and I was particularly determined to avoid turning an already very cute puppy into something from Disney. Added to that, the commission dictated the use of charcoal to match an earlier portrait of the family’s other dog.
After some head-scratching, I decided to use a very little pastel to add the touches of colour and worked over the charcoal with graphite to build texture and detail. Lightness and expression were created by gently cleaning areas with an eraser before adding the final touches in intense charcoal.
The finished portrait is a good likeness and now hangs side by side with that of the dog’s good friend Max.