Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The making of Scrappy and a Pet Portrait Giveaway

Pet Portrait+Dog+Lurcher+Acrylic+Box Canvas+Nicola McLean
'Scrappy' - acrylic on box canvas 5 x 5 inches

I’m really quite excited about today’s post for a number of reasons. But let’s start at the beginning. This is Scrappy, the lurcher. Scrappy’s person won the bid for a £50 gift voucher that I offered as a prize in the 3rd of the Lurcher/Greyhound charity auctions that I donated artwork to earlier this year. She decided to put the £50 towards a commissioned portrait of her dogs. 

Having had a look at the different style of portraits that I do she liked the miniature canvas in acrylic so opted to have two separate portraits done because as well as Scrappy, there is of course, Scooby. Unlike his namesake, this Scooby is not a fan of being photographed so is proving a little more challenging to get a good reference photo of. In the meantime, I got to work on Scrappy’s portrait.

At the early stages
My multi-talented husband, S, creates time lapse videos using the amazing photos he gets of sunset and northern lights and I often thought it would be a good idea to get a timelapse video of a painting from start to finish. The thing is, other than point and press, I don’t know much about the technical side of cameras so that is where S proved to be the best husband ever. He set his camera up on a tripod beside me (we discovered after watching the first bit back that we needed to move it to my right side as I’m left handed and my hand was getting in the way of the camera!). 

S set it to take a photo every 3 seconds and gave me a little remote control thingie so if I needed to stop for any reason (bathroom breaks, letting the dogs out, getting a cuppa etc) then I just needed to hit the button on the remote and then start it again when I was ready.

I spent about 8 hours on the portrait and S then spent a further 3 odd hours stitching together all the frames, creating the title and descriptions and putting it all together with music that fit the timing. He managed to squeeze it all down to about 5 minutes.



I’m pretty chuffed with it - I think it turned out well for a first attempt and I'll know better where to place the camera next time. 

Dog+Lurcher+Pet Portrait+Nicola McLean+animalartandsoul.com

The third piece of news is that I recently created a new website specifically for animal art and pet portraits called www.animal-art-and-soul.com To celebrate my website launch I'm having a give-away - a custom portrait like this one of Scrappy on 5 x 5 acrylic. Postage within the UK will also be free. 

So, how do you win? Just click on the link below - hopefully I've set it up right! Entry is open until 31 August 2014 so please share the love and let your animal loving friends and family know so they can enter too! The winner will be picked a random  and I'll announce who it is here and on my Facebook page so do pop back!

a Rafflecopter giveaway




*edited-I'm linking to Paint Party Friday today but I'm also about to start a mega 690 mile Road trip from Reay to London so I may not get a chance to visit folk until later in the week!

Also for some reason YouTube has compressed my video so it looks a little squashed which is annoying!

44 comments:

  1. Scrappy's portrait is fantastic...his owner must be thrilled. Unlike Scooby my pooch Mufftypup loves her photo taken...she's a real diva.
    How clever of you to make the video. I'm always thrilled to see an artist at work. Your hubby has no doubt earned some brownie points (or should that be scout points?)
    I can only point and shoot my camera so I was seriously impressed.
    Good Luck with your new website...I'm sure its going to be a huge hit!

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  2. Hi, is this in the UK only giveaway?

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  3. Nic that is soooooo cool watching you work.... I love my little portrait of Mushu and it sits on the wall of the studio every day... You are crazy talented... And the video shows us your mad skills.... This is FABULOUS!

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  4. You should be chuffed. Your pet portrait is fab and I like the way the background sorta matched your tablecloth. I entered the contest and liked you on FB. I just couldn't get to this link http://animal-art-and-soul.com. I loved watching your video.

    You and S are one talented couple!

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  5. I would love to have an everlasting memory of my furry friend love her to bits. Love the canvas.

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  6. Loved seeing you work on this it's brilliant.

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  7. Brilliant - love it, the portrait and the video!

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  8. I would love it, just to have an original Nicola Maclean - which I will do one day whether I win or not.
    What a great way to get competition entries! How did you get that box thingy! Wish I'd known about it for my own giveaway! I'm sure I'd done most of it anyway - but I did it all again, just in case. The video is awesome! I need a Steve! :0)

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  9. She is so cute and has the most loving eyes! She deserves to be a model for the day!

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  10. Wow, your client will be so pleased with her portrait of Scrappy, it is beautiful. I love seeing how you created her. Good luck with your new website, it's set up really well and organized! Congrats!

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  11. My little man Archie would look fab on canvas. I love the portrait of Scrappy

    Cat x

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  12. my 3 babies are my life, my everything, my lifes not complete without them... to have one or 3 on a canvas would be fantastic I would have for life

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  13. Jota is the only dog I have ever had, it came as a nasty shock when I got my next dog and she decided to belong to my son Michael.

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  14. First, your sight and the video are so well put together, well done. Second, I applaud you for being a self-taught artist and following your passion. Third, I would be giddy to see one of my dogs in art form as art and animals are two of my greatest loves as well.

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  15. Great portrait and I enjoyed the video. I could see beyond the hand.

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  16. The portrait and the photograph are identical. . wow, that's fantastic. Blessings and Good luck on your 'rally' . . .I loved those, Janet PPF

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  17. That is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. lol I love the personality you drew from the original reference photo. You do beautiful work, and it fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE the video....it's Fabulous!! Love the portrait too.... amazing work my friend! Such a generous give away too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful self with us! I truly enjoyed watching that!

    Hugs Giggles

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  19. Artist in action for sure. Just beautiful Nic, awesome work! Loved the video and the portrait is outstanding. Loved watching your hands working.

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  20. Excellent, Nic! That was SO fun to watch! I do hope this is just the beginning of many more:-)

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  21. They're amazing!! someone will be very lucky!

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  22. Beautiful portrait and I enjoyed your video. it is always so good to see how other people create. My partner is a big fan of time lapses as well :) he also creates them. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creativity!
    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Wowowowowow I love seeing the video. Very well done. Seeing how you create was a real treat. Thank you.
    Good luck with your new website.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  24. I really enjoyed watching the video and watching how you paint, so fascinating to see how another artist works.
    It's a superb painting.

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  25. Because my cat Enzo is my best friend , and i'd love a lasting memento of him <3 XxX

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  26. Really wonderful pet portrait! I love the way you have captured his eyes and character! Wonderful nose detail, too! Happy PPF!

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  27. What a gorgeous portrait. I would love one of my angora ferret, Evie. She is my princess.

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  28. I would love one of my lil girl, Angel! She's my baby! purposedrivenlife4you(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Your pet portraits are absolutely wonderful and I can hardly wait to see camera shy Scooby. Great job on your video. I so enjoyed watching you paint. What an elegant looking dog Scrappy is.

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  30. Totally loving the doggie portrait. :)

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  31. I came across your website and was amazed at your work... and found this giveaway! HAD TO ENTER! My lovely bichon fries would love to win - his name is Mr Schneebly and 2 years old. He isn't like Scooby though, as my doggy LOVES to pose :) xx please enter me

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  32. My baby girl was the most wonderful being on this planet and i love her completely. She leaves behind a beautiful daughter (well, she's actually a bit scraggy, but i love her deeply). She meant and still means the world to me and i think about her every day. She brought joy into my life and i hope she was happy to be with us for the 11 years she spent here after she selected my partner at the cat and dog home. Tibby just tinting of you baby makes me happy and sad and i love you. Your daughter Mya and i still talk about you. You (and Mya) are the best cats in the world. I love you. xx Wendy xx

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  33. My rabbit is beautiful and would look great being put onto canvas by you!

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  34. She is my helper when I am ill and partner in crime when we get upto mischief and would love to have her immortalised so she will be with me forever

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  35. Our beautiful boy Boycie was deemed a failure by the prison service as he refused to bite in training. Their loss is our gain as he has made a wonderful family pet. Turns out being a gentle soul has its advantages. He would look fabulous on canvas.

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  36. Only just came across your site recently and am in love with your work, these look Amazing! I've being saving up to get a portrait done for each of my dogs. I reckon they would all look extra gorgeous on canvas :)

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  37. Because she brings so much happiness to our household :)

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  38. He truly is a wonderful pet. when you look into his eyes its like he has a deep soul and understands me

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  39. Wow loving this. My dog Shortie is my best friend. He is loyal. I adopted him 2 years ago from Bath Cats and Dogs Home. He is 11 now and is still full of life. He makes me smile, he makes me laugh and he is always there for a cuddle when I feel down. Love him so much x

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