Detailed Pastel gallery: pet portraits

Dog portraits, cat portraits & horse portraits in detailed pastel

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Welcome to my gallery with pet portraits in detailed soft pastel, my name is Katja Turnsek.

I create exquisite traditionally hand painted pet portraits in soft pastel on UART sanded paper, working full time on commission painting dogs, cats, horses and occasionally other animals and people as well.

If you would like to have a portrait painting done by me, start looking for your favorite high quality photo.

I will create a painting you will love!

pastel pet portraits

Dog Portrait in Pastel - Border Collie Møller

I painted beautiful Border Collie Møller year 2013 in size 40 x 40cm. View the completed pastel painting along with framing, a progress image and testimonial below.

In December I won a gift card to draw / paint a portrait of one of my pets. I chose a picture of my beloved Border Collie Møller. On this page you have had the opportunity to follow the development of your painting. Yesterday, it finally arrived home.

Today we took a few photos where you see both the painting and Møller. I can tell you that I really recommend Katja for sure, a job she really knows well. Even Møller's nose looks wet.

Marianne Engquist

dog portrait pastel border collie

Cat Portrait in Pastel - Maine Coon Alexander

I painted Maine Coon Alexander year 2010 in size 40 x 30cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image and testimonial below.

Hi Katja,

I am speechless... It looks great!! It is completely him! I don't know how you did it, but you really captured his great looks, combined with his attitude and his lust for life.

He's a real survivor, with a great sense of humour who's always in for a joke. You really did a great job, congratulations!

Wendy Kerremans

cat portrait pastel maine coon

A true work of art

All About Detailed Pastel Portraits

Pastel Painting Techniques

Pastel is a dry medium, applied with soft pastel sticks and pencils, then blended together with various methods. I use Senniler Soft Pastels for bigger areas and Derwent and Faber Castell Pastel pencils for fine details.

The detailed pastel portraits are painted on Uart 600 grade sanded paper which enables a perfect balance between softness and sharp details where they are needed. Your detailed pastel portrait will be painted with great accuracy and detail, combined with softness, lights and vibrancy.

Portrait Orientations and Backgrounds

Depending on your reference photos, I will create either a portrait, landscape oriented or squared painting for you. The artwork might have a scenic background of your choice with or without your own favorite landscape picture or just a plain and simple mottled one.

Your dog might love to run in the woods, or maybe you have a cat that loves to play with her toys? Don’t worry if you don’t have that one perfect photo for me to use as reference, even several good quality photos can be combined into one mock-up and later onto a large painting.

Completely Custom Made for You!

The pastel painting of your pet will be 100% custom-made and created with help of your own wishes and ideas.

A Work of Art: Not Just A Copy of Your Photo

My paintings are created with great light, vibrancy and softness, all from large areas to tiniest details.

Pastel painting does not refer to pale colors as many may think, they have a wide variety of color range from very subtle to bold, strong and brilliant to gentle and soft.

Pastel can with proper workmanship achieve the most wonderful paintings. Soft backgrounds combined with sharp details, creates the perfect entirety which is crucial for a beautiful portrait.

Now when you've read about what my detailed pastel portraits are all about...

Would you like an AMAZING portrait of your own much loved pet?

...or view some more of my creations below.

Horse Portrait in Pastel - Hector

I painted the lovely horse Hector year 2012 in size 40 x 30cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image below. Somehow I managed to loose the testimonial :(.

horse portrait pastel

Dog Portrait in Pastel - Chinese Chin Fie

I painted this little Chinese Chin Fie year 2010 in size 25 x 20cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image and testimonial below.

Hi Katja,

I've been on your blog and had a look, it's just such a wonderful painting and you've got so much detail in there, I'm looking forward to receive the picture. : ) It's just so beautiful.

Melissa Tribler

dog portrait pastel chinese chin

Cat Portrait in Pastel - Missan

I painted the lovely cat Missan year 2013 in size 25 x 20cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image and testimonial below.

Hi Katja,

Have been down at the post office to collect the painting, it truly is the most wonderful thing I've seen. I love it!!!!! Thank you so much!

Mariann Persson

cat portrait pastel

Dog Portrait in Pastel - Doberman Harley

I painted the beautiful Doberman Harley year 2011 in size 30 x 25cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image and testimonial below.

Katja, the portrait of Harley is just beautiful. I am so happy how it has turned out. It reminds me of how she looked last weekend at the beach!! So excited just waiting for us to throw her ball in the waves. Thank you,

Jennifer Brooks

dog portrait pastel doberman

Dog Portrait in Pastel - Pompe

I painted the lovely dog Pompe year 2011 in size 50 x 40cm. View the completed pastel painting along with a progress image and testimonial below.

I love it! I'm so pleased! Can't stop watching it! You really made him justice! Greetings,

Beatrice Malmström

dog portrait pastel

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pet portrait prices


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Bespoke Framing


A masterpiece should get framed with museum quality framing, visit my framing section to find out more.