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Introduction: A Day in the Life of a Pet Portrait Artist

I have finally decided to utilize the wonderful tool of blogging, a great way to share my ramblings to a captivated audience! If not captivated, I’ll settle for mildly enthused or even just willing. Because of the current health crisis here in Canada, I am stuck here at home, focusing on my drawing. So why not throw in some writing as well!

This blog will focus around pets and my artwork! I will cover a broad variety of subject including...
  1. Discussing art tools and techniques

  2. My history and experiences

  3. My journey creating each of my drawings

  4. Some pieces of information that could be useful for clients

  5. Pet, specifically dog, tips and recipes

I‘m planning to make my blog posts a weekly to bi-weekly event. So stay tuned for more!

I have been told in the past that I can be a little blunt, for lack of a better word. I have also had a lot of experience speaking to film producers and large groups that require political correctness. If I mix these qualities together, I may find a writing style that reaches a semblance of normal human behaviour. I am, however, still an artist, which inherently comes with the “strange” territory.

This particular topic I’ve chosen today is simply an introduction to my blog. No bells or whistles, and you probably won’t learn anything. I always hope you don’t leave here thinking “well that’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back” (maybe not 5 minutes, I have no idea what your reading speed is), but my feelings won’t be crushed if you do.

To spice things up a bit and escape my verbose chatterings, here are a few of my favourite drawings I have recently created...

Okay, so I’m going to stop adding more of my favourite artwork here for one day.

So earlier I outlined what topics my blog posts will cover. So what makes me qualified to cover such topics? And what makes these topics interesting? Ah, well you will have to read my future posts to find out ;)

In the meantime, here are a few reasons why I chose those topics and what you can expect...

1. I create artwork in a wide range of mediums.

Some may call me overly ambitious, others worry I may stretch myself too thin. My view: art is about discovery! I LOVE finding new mediums and techniques to work in and discovering how that medium works for me.

Note that I use the word “medium” a LOT. To define this word it refers to the materials, supplies, and techniques an artist uses to create a work of art. For example, graphite pencil drawing on paper is a type of medium.

In addition, I wouldn’t say I have a short attention span (I can spend 40 hours on single piece of artwork no problem), I just find mixing up which medium I use actually enhances my skills as an artist. A list of the mediums I currently work in...

  1. Graphite pencil drawings

  2. Pastel pencil drawings

  3. Coloured pencil drawings

  4. Acrylic paintings

  5. Digital drawings

2. I am a professional equine and animal artist creating custom and original artwork.

July of last year, I began my career as a professional equine and animal artist. And I must say I am so pleased with the response I have been getting from clients! More on that later. :)

3. I actually started drawing in 2009!

I started drawing 12 years ago, but I haven’t been drawing for those 12 years. In 2013 I stopped drawing completely in order to pursue my career in the film industry. After 7 years past of absolutely no drawing, I left the film industry, picked up a pencil in May last year and began my new career drawing again.

4. And lastly, why should I know anything about dogs?

My family has had dogs nearly my entire life. Two years ago I brought home my first puppy of my very own. Casper is a charcoal Labrador Retriever and, let’s just say, we are a tad obsessed with each other. At this very moment as I write, he has squashed himself onto the small couch on which I sit, his body tucked under my legs and face rested on my feet as he sleeps. He’s my little snuggle bug. I am a big advocate of healthy eating and homemade treats for dogs.

Casper chilling with me in the sun

And thus, I think that covers the introduction to my blog. Be sure to check out my future ramblings and get the lowdown on some of the topics I’ve outlined above! Now that I read it, lowdown may not work in my vocabulary. I think I was trying to be cool. Yeah, no, I’m removing lowdown from my vocabulary.

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