Pet Portraits & Cartoon Illustration

A short Q&A with artist Carle Haynes.

Tell us about yourself & what started you drawing pet portraits?

I have trained and have been working in graphic design for many years but have always loved to sketch and draw, especially cartoons for as long as I can remember.

When I first met my girlfriend, who is a keen horse rider, I found myself surrounded by both horses & dogs... so when I first sketched a caricature of her horse ‘T-Jay’ as a present, word got around and people were soon asking if I could draw their horses & dogs too.

So you only draw animals?

Oh no… I mainly draw pets but I’m always open to ideas,  there are examples in the galleries of People, Bikes & Cars. If you have something in mind you would like, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

What materials do you use?

Each Caricature portrait is hand drawn in pencil onto (220 gsm) heavyweight cartridge paper then lined & inked in black pen before finally being coloured using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  (final highlights where needed are added using acrylic paint)

Traditional portraits are drawn using a range of graphite pencils onto either (220 gsm) heavyweight cartridge paper or onto (300 gsm) fine grain watercolour paper if the portrait requires a more textured finish.

What is the best thing about what you do?

Pets bring a lot of joy to a persons daily life and every pet owner understands that their pet has it's own distinct personality.
I approach each commission with this in mind and try to instill that character in to each drawing I do.
So it's always nice when I receive kind comments from customers saying how much I have managed to do just that.