The Great Pet Portrait Project!

Smith on the sofa in the sun

This is Smith. He is one of my whippets. His full name is Robert Smith, on account of his sexy black eyeliner (You know, like Robert Smith out of The Cure). He’s a poet, philospher, farter, sprinter & cat poo eater.

Unfortunately, Smith’s little top front teeth are not at all well, and have to be taken out, as well as one of his big back teeth. It’s not his fault – he’s always eaten dog food with no sugar added, and only occasionally stolen delicious (poisonous) chocolate with Arthur, his partner in crime.

He’ll need his other other teeths cleaned as well, to keep the dreaded rot from setting in elsewhere, and give him a beautiful smile with his remaining ivories.

a collection of smith doing smiles

I’ll miss his little front teeths very much, especially as the two in the middle have a wonderful Spongebob-like quality to them when he lies with his tongue out. I remember when those little teeth first grew in. But Smith will be much happier without them & smell considerably better, too, which will make ALL of us much happier.

When Smith comes home from his appointment with the vet on Wednesday, he will be our special gummy whippet, with a very expensive mouth (about £200 worth).

SO, to pay for my special expensive gummy whippet, I am initiating Project Pet Portrait!

some drawings as examples

For just £5, I shall draw your beloved beast & email you a 300dpi (that’s proper hi-res print quality, should you wish to have it made flesh & framed), A5-sized portrait.

Each portrait will be uploaded to Smith’s twitter feed (shush, there’s nothing wrong with dogs having twitter) & my twitter feed, with some kind of watermark on them, so nobody can steal your picture (they won’t be super hi-res like yours either).

If you want to keep your picture secret (if, say, it’s for a present, or your pet has a secret crimefighting identity), just let me know & I’ll not post it to the feed.

To claim your portrait, Paypal me a simple fiver (laurie [at] veryworrying [dot] com), with your twitter name in the info box & then skitter over to twitter & tweet me a pic of your little furry/scaly/feathery/slimy/rocky loved one for reference.

I’ll put a banner with their name on each image (unless you request otherwise) & can add small props (hat, toy, bone, bow-tie). If you want your pet in an exotic location or with more exciting props (recently vanquished dinosaur, fighter plane, etc), contact me beforehand & we’ll sort out a price. Speech bubbles added at no extra cost!

If you’re not twitter-enabled, you can send your pet pic to the same email address.

I’ll keep taking requests until midnight (GMT) on the day of Smith’s op (wednesday 15th), but if it’s super popular, Pet Portraits could well come back in the future! I’ll make sure all requests paid for before the deadline are drawn, and return money for any received afterwards that won’t get drawn.

Any monies I make that go over the cost of the op will be spent on further whippet maintenance: booster shots, de-fleaing, de-worming (etc), which I shall of course keep you updated on via the Twitter.

Other potential whippet expenditures include a new coat for Smith when it rains, and a pyjama onesie for Arthur (whippets have thin fur & really do like wearing onesies when it’s cold – vital for the British summer).

Also, of course, really horrible smelling dried-meat treats will be purchased for Arthur & Smith to chow down on (soft treats, if Smith’s mouth is tender).

Thank you so much for your support. I hope you like your pictures!

Love from Laurie (and Smith)


smith looking daft with his front two teeth showing

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Many Mini Beasts

Continuing with the woefully belated theme on this site, here are some pictures from the little exhibition I currently have on in Trove, which is a lovely café in Levenshulme (find them on twitter: @trovefood), as part of LevFest.

Many Mini Beasts only has 3 days left to run (that’s the late bit), so naturally I’m posting up some pictures of it, with a few bonus shots of it being set up. It features no less than one hundred – yes, 100 – mini canvases (7cm x 7cm), featuring all my favourite painty subjects: monsters, cups of tea, words, skulls & biscuits.

There are also two larger paintings (also pictured). As far as I know, nothing has sold yet, though I’ve had some lovely feedback. BUT it all still remains for sale. Drop me a line if any of them particularly catch your eye, and I’ll get back to you with prices.


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Hello! Happy Christmas! You are not forgotten!

Good day all! And especially a welcome if you’re coming to my site for the first time, following purchasing Laurie Pink goodness, or seeing my work somewhere!
A quick glance at the site will show that I have sorely neglected it. This shall be the case NO MORE!

First, here a few pics of what I have been doing lately.
Manchester readers may like to pop by the Manchester Craft Centre’s lovely shop, to peruse affordable arty gifts for Christmas pressies. I’m fortunate enough to be the artist spending two weeks of the Christmas period with drawings on their windows!

Alas, nothing of mine is for sale in the shop (don’t worry, I’ll work on that), but several of my mates have stuff in there, so do give it a browse.

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Draw for today

Baby Play

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011- Rated!

I’m sorry I didn’t manage to rate the whole of Eurovision – but here is as many as I could. I rated on a scale of rapiness (there were some particularly questionable lyrics & scary looking people on this year), creepiness (it’s not Eurovision without creepy faces), wailiness (aka The Dion-Scale) and good, honest, Eurovision weirdy/awesomeness.

I may go back and do some post-show rating tomorrow, to complete the set.

Not sure what Eurovision is? It is a fine & noble European tradition! Learn more here!

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Watch Me Do What I Do For Comic Relief

Get your own drawing! Go to: , donate, then tweet your request to @lauriepink and include the hashtag #24hrdraw and the name under which you made your donation!

Watch live video from elpink on

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Social protest and spam


Yesterday it was announced that our local baths was going to be closed down, as part of the huge budget cuts Manchester council are doing – because it makes sense to shut down stuff that gives people exercise & keeps them happy, obviously.

So I made a banner! Then in the evening Sj and I went down to the baths to do protesting with a massive group of local people, many friends included. It was great and we were on the news!

We had to leave the protest early, however, as we had a date with Spamalot at the Palace Theatre – squee! I hadn’t seen a musical since I saw Matilda at the Bristol Hippodrome with primary school, and Sj’s last musical theatre outing was to Evita “Too long ago to think about”, so we were very very excited. Justifiably so, as it really was a lovely, giggly evening out, and you really must see it – doubly so if you know most of Monty Python and The Holy Grail off-by-heart (or have a special crush on Phill Jupitus and/or Todd Carty). The story is nicely tweaked to fit the stage, and the small cast makes it feel a bit like you’re watching your mates do something cool. My favourite bit was the Lady of the Lake’s nymphs doing their wild string-waving.

I did a bit of drawing watching it, but my sketches were hampered by really enjoying the play & not wanting to be distracted. Here’s a nice neat version of a sketch I did that I drew up when I got home.

Yes, it is the only swallow in the world that wees out of its belly. Shhh. Do not question its wonder.

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Waiting Room

Today I have gone to the Doctor’s (or is it the Doctors’, seeing as there’s more than one doctor there? Hmmm).  Don’t worry – it wasn’t for anything serious/exciting, just boring stuff. I took my sketchbook with me, because I remembered how long I waited last time, and thought you may like to see all my drawings from this morning.

This Doctors’s’s” is one I’m new to. It has a sign pointing to the Consulting Rooms and one pointing to the Treatment Rooms. The signs point in opposite directions. The one that points to the Treatment Rooms actually goes to the Consulting Rooms. The one that points to the Consulting Rooms actually goes to the Treatment Rooms. No one has thought to change the signs round, and I’ve not yet seen anyone get confused (like I did). I think it must be one of those secret things that you are just meant to Know.

The last one wasn’t in the Doctors’. It was on the road outside, when I was walking home. A cat in the Doctors’ would be unhygienic and foolish. They go to the Vets’.

Doctors’… Vets’… should I even be capitalising these? I don’t know. I have a cold.

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This evening, I shall mostly be watching…

Being Human, series 3

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Close Your Eyes & Draw Batman

There’s a #closeyoureyesanddrawbatman hashtag going on theBatmand & Man Bat Twitter at the moment. I’m enjoying it very much. It’s nearly as good as The Blind Cat Challenge group on facebook! (go and see that, if you’re on the facehole. It’s great!)
Here are my first three closed eyes Batmans. I did a literal Batman for one of them, and then it was pointed out to me that it looked a lot like Man-Bat. My Man Bat is happy & dancey, though.

Why not try some of your own blind-batmans in the comments!

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