fine art horse pet portraits by commission

Horse Pencil Portraits by Melanie Phillips

Welcome to my horse pet portraits in pencil. As you may already know my name is Melanie and I am a professionally trained horse pencil portrait artist and have been a commissioning artist for over 25 years. The horse portraits below hand drawn by myself and can be found in some beautiful homes all over the world.

Horse Pencil Portraits by Melanie Phillips

I work each day on my drawings in our beautiful art studio in our cottage garden along side my husband Nicholas. If you would like to see more of my work, please do head on over to my main pencil drawing website Pencil Pet Portraits as I draw dogs and cats too as you can see from the photo above. I look forward to working with you and drawing your horse soon!


The horse portrait in pencil of Flash was commission by a returning customer from Australia and it was wonderful to work with her again. Jo and her daughter contacted me with a request for a large pencil drawing at 30 x 20 inches of their beloved horse called Flash. Sadly Flash passed away very suddenly and it was such a shock to all of the family. So Jo commissioned me to portray him in pencil and I thoroughly enjoyed drawing him. Jo emailed when she received the drawing below. It really melts my heart to read wonderful emails like Jo's and I am so thrilled I was able to create the drawing for her and her family to remember Flash by.

I don’t know what to say, opening your beautiful sketch of Flash made me and my daughter burst into tears, you have captured him so perfectly. He was the most amazing horse, an absolute one in a million and I will never get over the sudden loss of him. I can’t thank you enough, you are so talented and so beautiful to work with. One day I will pop in to see you and thank you in person.
Every happiness,
Jo x
Horse Portrait in Pencil


The horse portrait of Duker was commissioned by Lizzie and her brother for their mum on her 70th Birthday. Lizzie knew that she had left it very late in organising the portrait and so ordered one of my Gift Vouchers to give to her mum on her birthday. Lizzie knew that her mum Jane would be able to send or take photos of Duker especially for the pencil drawing so left her to make all of the arrangements as to what she wanted. Which Jane did! The portrait came out beautifully and Jane and her family were thrilled as you can read in Jane's email below. The portrait was a 20 x 16 size drawing traditionally hand drawn on fine Italian paper.

Dear Melanie,
Thank you very much you are so talented! This wonderful portrait will give me many happy hours in the years to come.
Best wishes.
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The portrait of Cherokee is a recent portrait of a horse in pencil completed as a surprise present from two aunts Maureen and Pauline to their niece Caroline. The portrait was drawn at 12 x 10 inches. Caroline was thrilled with her gift and very kindly posed for photos with her aunts and the portrait along with photos of her and Cherokee too!

Hi Melanie,
Caroline is delighted with the portrait. Thank you!
Pauline X
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Siyouni is a highly successful young stallion owned by the Aga Khan. The portrait was commissioned by Lady Bamford as a gift to the Aga Khan for his birthday in December 2016. The portrait was a 9 x 11 pencil drawing and we hope that the Aga Khan was thrilled!

Yes, portrait for the Aga Khan arrived safe and well. Thank you. Lady B due back this week. I am sure she will love it. Best wishes Emma
Portraits of Horses


My montage drawings are particularly unique. Clients can have up to 5 drawings in one portrait, usually with one drawing much larger than the others. This portrait of Jasper was commissioned by Richard form the UK as a special gift for his wife on her birthday. Laura was thrilled with the drawing which we also framed too. Montage drawings need to be drawn on my larger sizes and the photos provided have to be extremely good quality. Each photo that Richard provided mean something special to the family, they were superb quality to work from and it made for a very successful portrait. I hope you like it too!

Hi Melanie,
What can I say but that's is amazing I don't know how you do it. I just know that Laura will love it. You really have done him justice and captured him in all his cheeky glory.
Thank you so much. Rich x
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William Archer contacted me in 2018 to find out if I would be able to draw a large montage pencil drawing of their horse called Locksie as a surprise wedding present for his fiancé Annabel. William had a number of specific photos he wanted me to use in the portrait, including one of their horse next to a barn, one of Annabel jumping Locksie, one of her cat and the final drawing was to be of her two dogs. It is really important when collecting or taking photos for a montage drawing that they are all of very high quality. The portrait was framed and sent to William to give to Annabel just before their wedding day. You can see two photos of Annabel in their gazebo making preparations for their wedding with the portrait. You can also read a lovely testimonial form William below too.

Hi Melanie,
Annabel absolutely loves her present! Thanks again for all your hard work! It’s better than I imagined it to be. Thanks,
Mr and Mrs Archer X
Horse Drawing in Pencil


This montage portrait is of a beautiful horse called Casanova. It was an 24 x 18 portrait framed. My clients also chose a silver engraved plaque which has been set in the mount. As you can see here in my gallery many of my clients commission me to draw their horse as a montage, showing their horse in many different poses and you can see a video of Casanova's Montage portrait framed below. Clients choose 5 photos that they feel really capture their horse well and I then create a design for the client to see. Working together we come up with the perfect composition for the drawing. Everything is put into place and arranged before I put pencil to paper so that my clients know exactly what their portrait will be like. Why not view a few more of my videos on my pencil portraits videos

Well this came as a surprise! The most beautiful drawings of Casanova done by the incredibly talented Melanie Phillips. This is my birthday present from my parents - couldn't of asked for anything more
THANK YOU ❤️ Olivia
Pencil Portraits Montage Horse


This portrait was a very emotional one for the owner as our clients father owned Jenkins both were retired form the police force. Jo's father rode Jenkins of the last time at the age of 82 before his sudden death a few months later. This portrait will bring back wonderful memories of her father and a lovely portrait of Jenkins too. If you would like to find out what a portrait similar to this might cost, I have a prices page on my website.

How exciting!
Horse Portraits in Pencil


The portrait of Rose was commissioned for a Christmas present by Callum Mould, UK. He arranged the entire portrait and we workd together on the design and composition as a complete surprise for his girlfriend. She was absolutely thrilled to unveil the portrait on Christmas day in 2015. Callum asked if I could draw a rose on the drawing instead of writing the name 'Rose' which works fabulously.

I think I will leave it in all of that wrapping so Ellie knows and will appreciate how hard you've worked :)
Montage Horse in Pencil

The portrait of Charles was commissioned by returning client Karen, as a gift for a good friend of his racehorse called Charles. My client emailed a number of lovely photos of Charles to me and had a specific idea about the composition of the montage. Karen the client wanted two smaller studies and a full body pose in the centre. The design and feel works really well and I always encourage clients to let me know their ideas for the portraits design so we can work on them and create something exactly how they envisage their portrait to be.

Hi Melanie,
That's brilliant thank you very much. I will let you know what Tim thinks!
Hope you have a good rest of the week and enjoy your weekend.
Horse Portraits in Pencil

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If you would like to see more of my horse portraits and portraits of cats and dogs too, why not pop over to my dedicated Pencil Portraits Website? You can access prices, size and information, videos, portraits up close in detail gallery along with lots of wonderful testimonials from my clients too. Click on the image below to visits and let me know what you think! Pencil Pet Portraits. I have had many happy clients over the last 20 years and if you would like me to create a portrait of your horse, please don't hesitate to Contact Me at any time. I am really looking forward to seeing your photos!

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