I finished this doggie drawing back in March, but I thought it might be fun to show the photo from which the drawing was created. The custom portrait was created for very dear friends of mine in Toronto. It all started with a super fun dinner and ensuing photo shoot with Timber in our living room. The lighting was terrible in the room (it just takes a couple of glasses of wine to lose sight of the details!) As you can see, most of the pictures weren’t so great:

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That’s part of the beauty of having a portrait created from a photo. The photo may be a regular old snapshot that you wouldn’t look at twice. But, when drawing from a photo, I can edit out all of the “noise” in the background, and put the focus where it should be! When ordering a portrait, please specify if you want the background simplified, or kept as-is. We can also discuss the options. I typically would recommend a simpler background. This is how Timber turned out, with the couch, table,etc. edited from the final image. The spotlight in this sketch is really on her sweet little mug.


I’ve recently moved from Toronto to Perth, Ontario, in the Ottawa area. However, I can send pieces virtually anywhere, so it doesn’t change much, business-wise. I charge Canada Post’s rates to ship within Canada. And of course, if you’re local, we can arrange a meeting. Rates can be found here, and if you have any questions, please contact me! I’d love to hear from you!

For more art, please visit my pet and people galleries!

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