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ArtLab Online - Pet Portraits

ArtLab Online – Pet Portraits with Emily Dolphin

My name is Emily Dolphin, and I’ve created a fun pet portrait tutorial that you can do at home using any art materials you can find around the house.

If you don’t have a real pet, that’s ok, you can find a picture of your dream pet on the internet.

In my tutorial I’ll take you through the process of sketching your pet, and learning different techniques to help you create a portrait of your pet. We’ll also have fun trying different illustration styles, whilst playing with a range of drawing and painting techniques to create a unique pet portrait.

This tutorial is suitable for school aged children, and adults, and caters to all skill levels. You will need a lead pencil, coloured pencils, plain paper, and a picture of a pet. We’ll also use any art materials you have available, including, water colour paints, pens, and experiment with natural food dyes to make our own paint.

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About the Artist:

Emily Dolphin is an illustrator and ceramic artist, based on the Gold Coast. Emily has worked as a freelance illustrator for the past 10 years, creating illustrations for books, magazines, products, homewares, murals, textiles, events, portraits, and more.

Emily has worked for clients such as Princess Polly, Papyrus, Westfield, Visit Queensland, RSPCA, City of Gold Coast, and Touchwood Publishing.

She creates hand-painted and digital illustrations, incorporating her love of animals, plants, patterns, and tropical, beachside themes.

Emily explores quirky and endearing characters, with a playful illustration style that uses bold colour palettes, and painterly textures.


ArtLab – Pet Portraits with Emily Dolphin is presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of the RAGE ON(line) program. To find out more about RAGE ON(line) click below