Working with clients to complete commissions for them is one of the best parts of my job! Here are a selection of reviews from recent clients.
Hoover & Emil, pencil on A4 paper
I had the honour of drawing two cats for Christine, as Christmas gifts for her parents. Hoover and Emil have very different personalities, so I was keen to capture that in their portraits. This is the beautiful and angelic Emil!
Islay, pencil on A3 pastelmat
Islay is a beautiful cockapoo, with beautiful whiskey coloured fur. For this portrait, I chose a sand coloured paper, to tone with Islay's fur.
"Sara really managed to capture our dog’s character in the portrait she drew from the photo we sent her. She kept us up to date through out the whole process, sending us regular updates, so we could see how she was getting on. I can’t wait to get it framed and on display!"
Sir Walter, pencil on A4 paper
When Lisa contacted me with her vision of a portrait of her cat, Sir Walter, in period dress I could not have been more excited to try something very different to my normal portraits! I now offer this style of portrait as an option for all my clients.
Lady, pencil on A4 grey paper
I was very honoured to draw Lady, who unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago.
"I wasn't able to be with her when she had to leave, this drawing will allow me to have the memory of my best friend forever with me."
Jill, Melbourne, Australia
Ziggy & Holly, pencil on A4 paper
I had the pleasure of drawing two dogs for Jill: Ziggy, as a Christmas gift for her daughter; and Holly, as a birthday gift for a friend. Cockapoos seem to be becoming my most commissioned breed!
Rascal, pencil on A4 paper
Shaylee asked me to draw her gorgeous cat, Rascal, and he was a pleasure to draw!
"Rascal's portrait from Sara turned out amazing! She really captured the likeness of his beautiful, big, green eyes and his cheeky face really well! We’re so very very happy with it I couldn’t be more chuffed! Also would like to add how very charming and lovely Sara is and your can really tell how very passionate she is about her fabulous work that she creates and works so hard on! Thank you so much for our gorgeous moggy's portrait!!"
Barley, pencil on A3 paper
This was a very special commission. Zoe contacted me to ask me to draw Barley as a surprise wedding present for her sister. I also liaised with Zoe to get the final portrait framed so that it was ready to present on the day of the wedding.
"Sara did the most wonderful drawing of our sister and her husband's Labrador as our gift to them for their wedding - it is uncanny how much the picture looks like Barley! Sara was very communicative throughout the process and even helped us with the framing, we wouldn’t hesitate to use Sara again she is fabulous!"
Dipak, Miami, USA
Luna, pencil on A3 paper
What a beautiful dog, and an old soul, Luna is. I was privileged to be asked to draw Luna for my clients home in Miami.
Kumba & Tia, pencil on A4 grey paper
Ravi asked me to create portraits of his dog Kumba, and his previous dog Tia who is sadly no longer with us. For Kumba's portrait, I also met with Ravi to take the reference photos that I worked from.
"Sara has just completed two portraits for me, one in colour and one in black and white. They are both amazing, and I am very happy with them. They really capture the characters of my dogs. If you are thinking of getting one for yourself, or a present for someone, then don't hesitate!"
Chester, pencil on A4 grey paper
Chester is a gorgeous cockapoo, who I was lucky enough to meet before I drew his portrait! I worked here from a favourite photo which Alison had taken of him.
"Sara did a fabulous job of capturing Chester's personality in his portrait, we couldn't be more pleased with the result. We were so excited to watch the portrait develop from a sketch to such a perfect likeness of our boy. The feedback we got from Sara throughout the process was brilliant, from choosing the best photo right through to whether or not we included Chester's collar in the final picture. As well as being incredibly talented, Sara is friendly and easy to work with. The portrait has pride of place on our picture wall at home."
Steve, Sarah & Daniella, Worcestershire
Moca, pencil and chalk on A3 black paper
Steve, Sarah and Daniella commissioned me to produce a portrait of their chocolate Labrador, Moca. We worked closely together to chose an image as the basis of the drawing. The most important thing for them was that the finished piece captured Moca's expression and spirit.
"It's an amazing likeness capturing Moca’s character and expression. When we commissioned Sara to produce a portrait of our very special furry family member we had no idea that she would create such an incredible resemblance - we absolutely love it!"
Zeus, pencil and chalk on A3 black paper
Gary contacted me to produce a portrait of his German Shepard, Zeus, as a surprise Christmas present for his wife. I focused on capturing Zeus' eyes and intelligence. Taking a good quality picture for me to work from was challenging without spoiling the surprise, so I worked with multiple images of Zeus to complete this piece.
"My wife was so happy with the portrait of our dog Zeus, that it has taken pride of place in our living room. All our guests comment how fantastic it is."