Friday, 10 June 2011

(Sort of) Second Commission: Beautiful Banku

Today's post features a pastel artwork which was sent interstate as a heartfelt gift I created for someone close to me. 

Happy Birthday to you, secret present receiver - I hope you have a wonderful day and like your gift!

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Banku

Today's artistic offering is a rendering of Banku, an elegant old lady who is, I believe, a rhodesian ridgeback cross.  She's the beautiful fur-baby of my special gift recipient.

I adored recreating Banku's image and personality, using my trusty Conte pastels on Canson pastel paper.  Trust me when I say that it really is a challenge to create a close depiction of a beloved pet - I truly hope that I have managed to do her some justice.  (In case you are wondering, I deliberately decided against adding or shading in a background, as I really wanted Banku to be the star feature of this artwork.)

Thank you for reading this post today and thereby sharing my pleasure - it feels wonderful to create something meaningful -  Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend everyone!


  1. Wow, what an amazing picture - I'm sure the owner will be thrilled!!

  2. Thank you! I have been told that Banku was a hit and is going to be professionally framed. I am so excited that her owner likes the portrait so much!

  3. What an amazing picture!!

  4. It is excellent and will hang in pride of place at the head of the corridor once we get it back from the framer. :)


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