My artworks are always made with the highest quality art supplies. This ensures that your pet portrait will last very long without fading or changing. Another important aspect of conservation is the frame, so I recommend you choose a good quality one. You can probably visit your local frame maker for advice on things like ''UV protective glass'' and other matters.
For the watercolor portraits I use Schmincke watercolors on Fabriano paper
Schmincke is a high-quality German brand established in the 19th Century. Nowadays, ''Schmincke Horadam Watercolor'' is rated as one of the finest in the world. Their tones have the highest possible lightfastness level, and their pigments are bright and vivid.
Fabriano is an Italian paper brand that started as early as 1264. Their watercolor paper is known for being made of 100% cotton and having archival quality.
''The Fabriano Artistico paper is mould made with 100% cotton, chlorine and acid free, guaranteeing long conservation and inalterability over time.
The paper is sized both internally and externally, making it ideally absorbent and retaining its nature unaltered even if scratched.''
What materials do I use?
For the graphite portraits I use a variety of pencil brands on Strathmore paper
On my drawings, I use a combination of professional graphite brands. In most of them I use Derwent, Faber-Castell mechanical pencils, and Staedtler Mars Lumograph (Extra dark graphite). I also have other materials like charcoal pencils.
The paper I use for my dry media pictures is from the American brand ''Strathmore''. It is acid-free paper with a smooth surface, special for finished artworks.
Once the artwork is finished, I apply fixative for graphite or a layer of varnish for watercolor. This adds extra protection to the picture.