Cat and Kitten Paint Along

Finished Painting

12" x 10" on Velour Paper

In this tutorial I take you from the beginning showing you how I edit mediocre photo reference, right through to the final whiskers.
Like all the 'Paint Along' demos, I chat while I work sharing my experience and tips as I go.
This piece is limited to my Unison Animal 36 set so if you have this you will find it easy to work along. As always though, don't be afraid to tackle it with different colours and try to substitute for what you already have.
As well as being incredibly cute, this image is packed with useful techniques for you to practise and apply in your own work.

Cats Tutorial - Part 1

Cats Tutorial - Part 2

Cats Tutorial - Part 3


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk-8SDmWCS4


Golden Retriever

Finished Painting

Velour Pastel Paper 12" x 10"

This portrait was created from photo reference that was not super clear. It posed a few problems in trying to create more detail in areas that looked flat, and trying to remove the edge of a table in the foreground. These are the sort of problems you might face as a pet portrait artist.
This is a useful shorter tutorial showing you how I work with the photo to bring out colour and texture in the fur.
At around 3 hours long in total, both parts are fully colour coded and narrated.

Golden Retriever Tutorial - Part 1

Golden Retriever Tutorial - Part 2


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxWn7C38WbE


Puma Cub Paint Along

Finished Painting

The finished painting on Pastelmat 12" x 10"

This series takes you from beginning to end on a striking Puma cub. I provide you with the high resolution photograph to work from for the Puma as well as a photo pack of backgrounds that you can use to make it your own. You can download these extra background photos by clicking HERE
The Puma reference can be found below with the tutorial links.

This series totals almost 8 hours and is fully narrated. I take you from the first marks right through to the final whiskers with lots of guidance along the way.
It's by no means easy, as in my opinion cats are hard to paint in any medium!
So let me take you step by step and make something difficult more attainable.

Puma Cub Tutorial - Part 1

Puma Cub Tutorial - Part 2

Puma Cub Tutorial - Part 3

Puma Cub Tutorial - Part 4

Puma Cub Tutorial - Part 5


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNnAvGPQjWs


Sunset Wedding

Finished Painting

Finished Painting on Velour paper 18" x 14"

There are few things more romantic than a sunset in a beautiful location. Combine that with a wedding day embrace and you've got a picture perfect moment! I often get to create wedding portraits, but this was one of my favourites.
Unfortunately my camera had other ideas when I worked on this and a lot of my footage got corrupted. But the parts I managed to salvage make a great tutorial on the sunset, and an informative tutorial on the white wedding dress.
The warmth of the lighting make this a great way to study how light affects your colour choices, and never more so than when painting something white.
While the sunset and distant hills show you techniques you could use in any landscape painting.

Sunset Tutorial - Part 1

Wedding Dress Tutorial - Part 2


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V4j-i_Ey4Q


Monkey on Black Background

Finished Painting

The two finished paintings 12" x 16"
Left on yellow Pastelmat. Right on black Sennelier Pastelcard

With this project I decided to use one of my wildlife shots to experiment with different papers. I knew I wanted to create a black background on this piece so it was the perfect opportunity to compare the difference between starting with a black paper, or using a lighter tone of paper.
You can see that both pieces turned out pretty similar, but there were definitely differences in the overall tone and the experience of painting them.
If you want to paint along with me you can choose which monkey you'd prefer to work along with. Both are fully narrated as I chat while I paint. It's up to you whether you use a dark or light toned paper.
Also check out my video at the bottom of the page discussing the differences between the papers.

You'll find the reference image for the monkey on the first part of each project along with the gridded version and line art. But in the link below you'll find a selection of photos of this monkey should you want to work on a different pose.

Monkey on Sennelier Tutorial -

Part 1

Monkey on Sennelier Tutorial -

Part 2

Monkey on Pastelmat Tutorial -

Part 3

Monkey on Pastelmat Tutorial -

Part 4


Bonus Paper Comparison Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiApvMXksM4


Spitz on Grass

Finished Painting

The Finished Painting 16" x 12"

In this piece I use the background to give you lots of ideas on creating both detailed foreground grass, as well as a more distant blurred look further away. Often I have to create garden surroundings in my portraits, and that's why many of my tutorials are more focused on the background elements. These were what I struggled with most in the beginning!
I have included the real time footage of the dog, but if you want a more in depth look at this breed I have another white Spitz in my library with colour codes and narration.
The first three parts are the most detailed here, focusing all my efforts on teaching you how to create painterly, believable backgrounds.

Background Grass Tutorial - Part 1

Background Grass Tutorial - Part 2

Background Grass Tutorial - Part 3

The Dog Tutorial - Part 4

The Dog Tutorial - Part 5

The Dog Tutorial - Part 6


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-MSsfEdvcY


Cushions and Terrier

Finished Painting

The Finished Painting 12" x 16" on Pastelmat

In this series I show you how I created the lovely textured cushions in the background and the dog’s body and legs. Parts 1 and 3 are fully colour coded and narrated. 
I often get asked to include interior fabrics and over the years I’ve had to paint many different patterns and textures surrounding the animals in my portraits.
I have also included two extra parts which are not colour coded and narrated letting you watch the face and the foreground in real time.

The Cushions Tutorial - Part 1

The Face Tutorial - Part 2

The Body Tutorial - Part 3

The Foreground Tutorial - Part 4


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGxpBH9RU5M


Fluffy Dachshund Fur

Finished Painting

Finished Painting 16" x 16" on Pastelmat

In this painting my biggest struggle was to create all the wavy fur on the body of the dog. So in this tutorial series I give you step by step guidance with colour codes and narration on the ear and the entire body of the dog.
Other areas of the painting can also be watched in real time. Part 1 of the face is footage only as I have shared so many dog face tutorials already. And you can also watch me create the log in real time.
But the focus of the series is all that complicated fur as I talk about how to stay motivated and patient while you paint.

The Face Tutorial - Part 1

Fluffy Ear Tutorial - Part 2

The Body Tutorial - Part 3

The Body Tutorial - Part 4

Wooden Log Tutorial - Part 5


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf-XbbklQ_g


Horse Paint Along Demo

Finished Painting

In this Paint Along style demo I show everything from creating the textures and colours of the horse, to the intricate leather straps and silver buckles. The hardest part about painting horses I find is the complex structure of their muscular face which can be seen underneath that smooth coat.
In these three parts I show you everything in real time and chat as I paint to give you insight into my thought process.
I also restrict myself to only my Unison Animal 36 set which means many people will be able to work along with the exact same colours.

Horse Tutorial - Part 1

Horse Tutorial - Part 2

Horse Tutorial - Part 3


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRT-gIwF224


Iceberg and People

Finished Painting

This very unusual painting was a commission which I'm sure I won't get to repeat in a hurry. Lots of challenges here from the other worldly lighting in the iceberg scene, to the small detail in the people in the foreground.

I released most of the painting in real time with Part 3 including colour codes and narration to give you more information about painting ice.

Then I released some in depth parts about the clothing. That's something I do often have to paint which is useful for you to learn about. People who are smaller within a painting. This series will show you how to create small figures packed full of detail and capture a likeness from afar.

Iceberg Tutorial - Part 1

Iceberg Tutorial - Part 2

Iceberg Tutorial - Part 3

Iceberg Tutorial - Part 4

Clothing Tutorial - Part 5

Clothing Tutorial - Part 6

Faces Tutorial - Part 7


Timelapse Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JlFol7us50&list=PLbkshqfGlew9ilX8tdCVfMJz8oF6N_cAF&index=52