WELCOME TO JESS RIDLEY ART
Welcome to my site and thank you for visiting. I am an International artist based in Hampshire specialising in hand-drawn pet portraits and wildlife art with clients all over the world.
As a life-long animal lover, my passion for nature, conservation and the outdoors has always been the driving force behind my artwork. A trip to Africa and learning about the threats to endangered species inspired my wildlife pieces, but that’s not to say that the smaller, domestic animals go unnoticed! Our pets are at the heart of every family and it is always a pleasure when I am commissioned to create a lasting memory of your furry friends.
You can find examples of my cat and dog portraits in my gallery and can also watch time-lapse videos of some of my pieces in progress. Please follow the steps below to commission your own pet portrait or wildlife sketch and have a browse through the site for information on original pieces and prints.
Although cat and dog portraits make up the majority of my commission work, I am very keen to add other animals to the mix too. Pet portraits make wonderful gifts for special occasions and are the ultimate way to celebrate your animal. Losing a pet is an upsetting time for everyone, and these pieces are often commissioned after their recent passing.
For more detail on the whole process click here.
If you are looking for a commanding piece of original wildlife artwork to take pride of place on your wall, you have come to the right gallery. Here you will find both original pieces, limited edition and open edition prints. Presently my collection of wildlife pieces includes the elephant, tiger, orangutang, rhino, lion, eagle, owl and cheetah. I intend on adding to these between my pet portrait commission work and welcome any requests.
It’s always lovely to see my animal drawings heading off to new homes and seeing them proudly displayed. My wildlife prints are all in black and white, which makes these pieces decoratively complimentary to any colour scheme. They also make fantastic gifts for wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers and are available in many sizes to suit your needs and price bracket. I also take wildlife commissions, so if there is a specific picture you would like, please get in touch.
Both my pet portraits and wildlife art sketches are created using either graphite or charcoal depending on the piece and on the paper I feel is most appropriate. They all take a number of hours to create over days or weeks and I often enjoy having a couple of pieces on the go at once. Pet portraits make up the majority of my commissioned work and I usually choose my wildlife art pieces myself, although I love being asked to create a custom wildlife sketch. A personalised piece of artwork makes for a unique and special gift, but make sure to order in good time to avoid disappointment.
Ideally I like to draw from high quality, digital photos and will search for a long time to find the perfect reference for my larger wildlife art pieces. The same goes for pet portraits. There are a few things to consider when choosing a photograph for the portrait of your pet and I have created a guide to help you along the way.
I absolutely love engaging with my customers and am more than happy to spend time communicating about exactly what it is you are looking for. Please don’t hesitate if you have anything you would like to know.
If you’d like to keep up to date with the latest news and pieces I am working on, I am particularly active on both facebook and instagram. I post regularly about current pet portraits in progress and often record short videos of my process. Also, make sure to check out my blog where I will provide a much deeper insight into how I create each piece.