Choosing Your Medium

The medium is the materials used by an artist to create their work. To produce my pet portraits, I work in the mediums of coloured pencils, graphite pencils and pastels.

If you are undecided which medium you would like for your pet portrait, or want to know more information about the different mediums I use to produce my pet portraits, this page should be useful to you! Here you can read about each medium that I use, the differences between them and the effects each one creates.


If you have any questions, or would like some more advice on which medium to choose for your pet portrait, please contact me:

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Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils can produce highly detailed, realistic pet portraits. They are applied in layers and are built up slowly, which is why they can take quite a long time to complete.

Currently I use Derwent Coloursoft Pencils for my coloured pencil pet portraits. These have a velvety texture and produce vivid, dense colours. They are quite soft and easily blended, but also sharpen well to a fine point – making them great for fine details such as whiskers and eyelashes. See some examples of my coloured pencil pet portraits in my Dog Portrait Gallery: Coloured Pencils.


Graphite Pencils

Graphite pencils can produce very textural and detailed black and white pet portraits. Because the colour is filtered out, the emphasis is focused on the expression and personality of the subject.

Graphite pencil portraits, like coloured pencils, are built up gradually through intricate shading. This shading can create highly realistic and contrasting textures and tones. See some examples of my graphite pencil pet portraits in my Dog Portrait Gallery: Graphite Pencils



Pastels can create soft, textural and vibrant pet portraits. They are ideal for creating soft, fluffy and textured fur but can also capture shine, highlights and create a smooth silky texture. They are great for applying fine details, too.

I currently use Daler-Rowney Pastel Pencils for my pastel pet portraits, which are made from high quality pigments, chalk and china clay. Because of how these pastels are made they are easily blended, but are also quite delicate! For this reason I always spray my pastel pet portraits with a fixative, which prevents smudging and fading. It is recommended that pastel portraits are framed as soon as possible after completion for maximum durability.