Horse Portraits Capture Their Likeness

J Briggs Studio

J Briggs Studio Custom Portraits

Capturing the Likeness in a Custom Animal Portrait


The secret to capturing the likeness of an animal portrait lays firstly in the eyes. You must capture their expressiveness. Not only does this involve the light in the pupil, but the exact shape of the eyeball, the eyelid and the eyebrow. In my custom horse portraits, which are drawn in pencil, this involves a lot of precision in the light and dark contrasts. I take a lot of time in the eye region of my portraits. Using many layers of graphite, lightly building the dark areas, and using a kneaded eraser to soften edges, can be a tricky business.

Custom Pet Portraits

Photo Quality is Important! J Briggs Studio Custom Pet Portraits The success in my custom horse, dog and cat portraits begins with a good photo. The photo needs a strong sense of contrast – in other words, lights and darks without a lot back ground “noise.” Noise is what we call extra objects, details, people, […]

Welcome to J Briggs Studio

Horse Portraits, Dog Portraits, Cat Portraits As a professional horse portrait artist, as well as a life long equestrian myself, I know how important our equine friends are to us. I strive to create a custom portrait that really speaks to you as the owner. I want you to look at your horse portrait and […]

Custom Horse, Dog and Cat Portraits

Capturing the Likeness in a Custom Animal Portrait The secret to capturing the likeness of an animal portrait lays firstly in the eyes. You must capture their expressiveness. Not only does this involve the light in the pupil, but the exact shape of the eyeball, the eyelid and the eyebrow. In my custom horse portraits, […]

Horse Portraits Capture Their Likeness