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Furry Friday ~ Graphite Portrait

Today's Furry Friday post is a bit of a cheat. Y'all have seen this picture before and in fact, it's the same picture that is on the top left of my blog. I took this picture last year, trying out my new camera, and it has quickly become one of my favorites of Rio.

This picture:

And my reason for sharing it again?

My dear friend Vanessa, has given me a wonderful gift: a commissioned graphite picture from the above picture!

The artist, Catherine at Wild at Art was kind enough to let me share the progression shots with you. I've included my "watermark" with her permission.

and the final product:

Wild at Art

And just for comparison, the original above the finished graphite and enlarged for you to see the detail:

Catherine did a wonderful job! She captured his soulful eyes, his sweet expression and look at that detail on his nose! I can't wait to have it in my hand, and it already has a place in my dining room. Eventually, I hope to get a graphite portrait done of Katie too (the one on the right side of my blog), and it'll go up on the same wall as Rio's.

(Stay tuned for another post where Catherine has GRACIOUSLY agreed to do an interview with me. I'm extremely excited, if not a bit nervous as I've never done an interview before. I'll be including more portraits she has done of Vanessa's Brodee and Bree, along with their progression shots too. And just to let y'all know, I'm not getting anything in return to do any of this. :-) I'm just really happy with what she and Vanessa have done for me and want to share it.)


  1. Thank you Jennifer!! Drawing Rio was such a pleasure as the photo you took showed so much of his sweet character and personality! I really enjoyed doing this for you and Vanessa.

    1. Of course Catherine. I'm happy to share my joy that you and Vanessa brought me with this portrait of Rio, I'll cherish it for always. <3

  2. Wow that is incredible!!!! She is so talented!! Love it!

    1. Isn't it?! I've been drooling over her artwork for a few years now....she shares her progression shots on FB.....and dreamed of having one of her paintings but it didn't seem likely, then Vanessa gifted me with this. Actually seeing one of MY photos turned into this is absolutely amazing. :-)


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