Life in pencil began at an early age for Shaun, he always wanted to be an artist, sketching whenever he could…. As an established British artist, Shaun, based in West Yorkshire has clients worldwide. Specialising in highly detailed wildlife and pet portraiture, hand drawn with the humble pencil. He manages to bring to life a truly realistic likeness, that captures the character and personality of all his furry and feathered friends.
With a broad creative style and ability to work in different mediums, both by hand and digitally, for Shaun “everything always starts with a pencil”. “I love the ‘hard & black’ (HB) pencil, there are so many subtle differences, fine layers and detail that can be achieved with each stroke.”
Having been a professional artist/creative for more than 30 years, his passion for illustrating took off at school often encouraged by some key teachers who all saw his potential, this continued throughout a varied career from poster art to greeting cards, Designer and illustrator of children’s books, cute plush toys, 3-dimensional characters, to Creative Head and Art Director of Creative Studios across the UK.
"With a love of illustrating animals and wildlife, pet portraits have become such an integral part of my life, our pets are such an important part of family life and being able to capture a moment that will last a lifetime is such an honour, to bring you a beautifully realistic composed portrait in graphite pencil to compliment your pet and your home. Many commissioned portraits are often those to remember a recently passed, loved pet. With a good photograph to work from and by talking to my client about their pet’s personality I always endeavour to recreate a lifelike portrait of their beloved pet, which can bring comfort when they have gone. Lots of commissions are also from people wanting to give a pet portrait as a gift. Especially as an anniversary, birthday, or Christmas gift. For those times where the decision can be last minute, a gift voucher can be a lovely solution where the owner can decide on the pose at a later date. I work closely with all my clients throughout the process, so they have the portrait they envisioned. Being an animal lover, I am passionate about creating that a rush of love when you first receive a portrait."
You can keep up to date with Shaun's work on Instagram @bumbledesignstudio or his Facebook page Nature and Pet Illustration Fine Art by Shaun.
"I can assure my clients that we always offer the finest quality and at a very competitive price. Thank you for taking the time to explore my work."