About Pet Portrait Commissions
I absolutely adore animals and thats why I love working on pet portrait commissions. Having 3 cats of my own I am constantly observing their fur , eyes - you name it! I always work in detail, studying every hair and each glint in the eyes. I have been taking on commissions now for the past 40 years and I could'nt think of anything better to spend my time. I feel the most important part of the animal are the eyes. As they say 'the eyes are the windows to the soul' - this is very true!
What will be included with the Pet portrait?
If you are going to take a new photograph of your pet, the ideal photograph would be one that is of high quality and in focus, which has been taken in good light, preferably natural sunlight. The eyes need to be clearly visible as these would be the main focus of the painting. Unless the portrait is of a sleeping animal.
And the fur has to be in detail especially to show the colour.
If you can try to take as many photos as you can as I know it can be difficult to photograph animals when they are a bit lively. We can work together and choose a few good ones and take it from there.
Another good tip is if you can get down the the pet's level. A good tip is to get the camera lens level with the eyes.
I got down to floor level when I took this photo of my eldest cat Splodgy.
Reference MaterialAll I need to work on the portrait is a few high quality, clear photographs of the animal, especially that show the eye and fur in detail. These can be sent to me via email. I have found recently that. for example, Whatsapp tends to compress the quality. So email or another sharing platform like Google photos or Dropbox is perfect. If you send me a photograph or cd or even a pendrive then these will be returned to you with the finished painting.
If you live in Spain, within a reasonable distance, I can arrange to meet you and your pet and take the photo for you.
For pet portrait commissions I like to work in soft pastel on Clairefontaine PastelMat paper as it creates a softer look. I can also work in charcoal and graphite pencil on paper. Here are a couple examples of each medium: To the left is Maisie - pastel and coloured pencil on Pastel Mat paper. To the right is Henry - 20 x 30 cm. Graphite pencil on white paper.