• Amy Elizabeth Fine Art

Small Furries Portraits- A Gerbil Portrait in Pastels


A realistic gerbil portrait drawing in pastel
A Pastel Gerbil Portrait- Creating a portrait of a small animal

When you think of pet portraits, naturally most people think of the classic subjects. A horse here and a dog there, the occasional cat. However, there are far more different kinds of animals that are kept in our homes than just these 3. So, I thought I would write a blog post about a portrait I recently did of one of these so called "small furries".


So, what exactly is a "small furry"? The clue is pretty much in the name, it is any kind of small furry animal that would reasonably be kept as a domestic pet. Think of your animals such as rats, gerbils, mice, hamsters. Bigger small furries, are also included in the category, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Whilst these animals lack size, this does not mean they are any less a member of the family than other pets such as dogs. As all owners of small animals know, each one has their own unique personality and becomes a much beloved pet.


So onto the gerbil portrait. I have been a gerbil owner for over 13 years, and in my time have owned 4 pairs of gerbils. My first pair were 2 girls called Jemima and Josephine, these two fought and had to be put into 2 separate cages, after that I stu