Amanda Drage Art

Animal Art & Pet Portraiture

There are two surface choices for my pastel pencil portraits.

What's the difference between the two?


Hopefully this comparison will help you to decide which look you will prefer for your portrait.

But don't worry if you can't decide, I'm always happy to advise - and if you have no preference, I will pick according to where my artist heart takes me!

Velour Paper or Sanded Paper?

This combination of materials and surface is perfect for creating a realistic effect of soft fur texture.

The high-quality Velour Paper is thick and has a velvety feel. The particular technique I use on this surface has been carefully developed.

There is a soft, classic look to Velour Paper portraits that is just a little bit different to the usual, and it remains my most popular choice.

A newer option that gives a slightly different look compared to the Velour.

The sanded paper surface gives crisp, expressive marks, contrasting with softly blended areas to mimic fur textures.

The possibility for strong, vibrant colour and the option to add coloured backgrounds lends a slightly more contemporary feel to these portraits.

Velour Paper

Sanded Paper

Velour Paper Portrait of a fawn Dobermann Sanded Paper Portrait of a mixed breed shepherd cross dog Sanded Paper Portrait of a tabby cat in progress Velour Paper Portrait of a Japanese Shiba Inu Sanded Paper Portrait of a Golden Doodle Velour Paper Portrait of a Pekingese Nav 1 left black small