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About

Hi! I'm Zara, the artist, blog writer and leader of the pack. Juniper is my dog, she's second in command. Fig is my Cornish Rex cat. He likes to think he's the king of the castle, but he's just a very weird looking kitty with a very loud voice.

I started drawing "Pet Studies" under the name of Opulent Mutts all the way back in 2016, after frantically creating a stall's worth of charcoal dog drawings to show and sell at a fundraising dog show by Arundawn Dog Rescue - from which I was very excited to get my first proper commission.

 

I remember feeling very guilty being paid to draw people's pets. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to accurately capture the animals that people love so dearly. So I designed a custom art package that would allow me to draw lots of quick sketches instead of just one detailed portrait, and I hoped that at least some of the drawings would hit the spot.

 

I discovered that people loved having a small collection of drawings to display in their homes that showed off different aspects of their pets' personalities - and I loved the spontaneous and expressive results I could achieve when sketching free and fast! I've tried a few different approaches over the years, but my quick pet studies have always been the most popular, so that is now exclusively what I offer.

Due to the speedy and sketchy nature of my drawings I use art materials that allow me to get marks down on the paper quickly and expressively. I love using a mixture of pencil, ink, charcoal, soluble graphite and soluble carbon. 

 

I'd love to develop my style now and begin to play with colour. So you can expect to see more watercolour and coloured pencil experimentations if you follow me on social media. I do want to stay true to my fast and sketchy vibe though, because I think it's interesting and I'm an impatient artist - I like instant gratification.

If you'd like to commission a piece of art from me find out more here.

 

Don't forget to visit my blog to find out about my latest artworks and follow my adventures in Highgate with Juni & Figpig.

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