Custom Pet Images:
Art can mean many things to a lot of different people, but I believe it is most successful when it elicits an emotional response from the viewer. When it touches your core and makes a connection. So what better way to immortalize the connection we share with our dearest non-human companions than with a custom painting?
To capture your pet’s likeness, I prefer to combine watercolors with ink. The featured image of Daisy above is a great example. This technique creates nice crisp edges and defined textures, such as fur and whiskers, so that the final result is reminiscent of a photograph but still has a life of its own. The addition of watercolor softens the image and gives it a natural quality.
So you are interested in a custom pet portrait, but where to begin? Thanks to the many wonders of modern technology, portraiture no longer requires the subject to sit quiet and still for hours as the artist paints away. We will work from photographs. For the best results, I need high quality photos (meaning high resolution and crisp – if this doesn’t mean anything to you or you need help, please let me know). This leads us to the first step.
Step 1: Gather your favorite photos! Narrow it down to two or three, that you like best. If you don’t have any photos you like and you live near Cincinnati, I am available to do a pet photo shoots, where we can get some great photos of your pet (for an additional fee).
Step 2: Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your pet photos along with any thoughts and intentions you may have. If these photos are of adequate quality we can move forward. The remaining steps will depend upon the images you provide. PLEASE SEND ORIGINAL IMAGE FILES! Not ones from your social media pages, as uploading files to these sites automatically lowers the resolution. Also, please remove any filters or changes you may have made to the image.
Step 3: Deciding between a close up/head & shoulders view or a full length portrait. For the most part, this will be up to you, but keep in mind I will be limited by the images you provide.
Step 4: Choosing an orientation for your portrait. It can be vertical (also known as portrait) or horizontal (landscape). Again, a portion of this will be influenced the available images. If you are unsure which to choose, I would be happy to offer my help and advice.
Step 5: Selecting a size for your pet portrait. I am currently offering three sizes: 5″ x 7″, 8″x 10″, and 11″x14″ all of which are standard photo frame sizes, so you can easily frame or mat the artwork. Custom and larger sizes are available upon request, so if this is something you’re interested in, please let me know.
Step 6: Once all of the above parameters have been agreed upon, we can move forward with the artwork. Before starting on the portrait, I will provide a rough sketch of how I am planning the piece, to get a gauge of color and layout, and to ensure we are on the same page. I require 50% down payment of the full price to begin the painting process. The remaining 50% will be due upon completion of the final painting. I am currently accepting cash, check, and Google Wallet payments. Please allow 2 weeks, upon approval of the rough sketch, for completion of the final portrait.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional information, please feel free to contact me via email; email@example.com.
Pricing & Information:
Prices are based on size and level of detail required, please refer to the price sheet below for general guidelines. Final product will be produced on high quality watercolor paper with artist quality paints. Please Note: Art will be trimmed to a standard size but is unframed.
Caution: Original watercolor paintings should not be placed in direct sunlight, as this may fade the pigments over time.
To request an exact quote for a custom pet portrait, please click the “request quote” link below and fill out the following form.
For custom orders, you may email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serious inquires only please.