Inktober is almost over!

It's almost the end of the month which means Inktober is almost over and although I may have missed a day (or two) I have somehow managed to keep up with it! For those of you that don't know, Inktober is a month long drawing challenge where you have to create an artwork using ink for every day of October. So, by the end of the month you should have 31 original drawings. Or in my case, more like 29 because I can't draw with a hangover! I was pretty dubious at first - I haven't kept a sketchbook in years, mainly because the GCSE and A-level curriculum ruined it for me. A sketchbook should be a safe place to be able to try out new ideas and make mistakes without fear of being judged - pretty h

How to take a great reference photo.

Here are a few guidelines to help when choosing reference photos. It is extremely important that you follow these guidelines if you would like me to create a piece of art that looks just like your pet. These photographs are the only way I will get to know the pet so it's important they depict them accurately. Things you mainly need to look for in a good image are - does it show their colouring correctly? Can you clearly see their face and features - particularly the eyes? Does their character and personality comes across? Be sure to include any funny little quirks that really make them unique. Here is an example of a great reference image. It is taken outside in natural light, without any di

Welcome to my blog! The start of something new!

Hello! Welcome to my brand new blog! I have been thinking about doing this for a while now as I thought it would be a great way for my current clients and followers to get to know me a little better as well as a brilliant thing for me to look back and reflect on. This is just going to be a quick introduction for now, a bit about me and how a came to be doing what I do. For those who don't know me already - Hi! My name is Finnley and I'm an artist and painter specializing in Pet Portraiture (particularly dogs!) Despite my boys name I am in fact - a girl! It's not a family name, my parents just liked it so much they decided it was going to be my name whatever my gender (and I've been paying th

Finnley Elliott // Professional artist specialising in Pet Portraiture / Contact : finnleyelliott@hotmail.co.uk

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