Capture special memories of your pet dog, cat, fish, (whatever it may be!) with a commissioned pet portrait. Pet portraits make excellent, meaningful gifts for those who love their animals, and it will be a long-lasting memory of their life with you. Read on to find out more about options, and previous examples.
Mixed media on paper
My most popular and affordable option for your pet portrait is a mixed media on paper piece. Paper sizes range from a small A5, to a large A1 size, and will either be created with an acrylic base or a watercolour base depending on your budget and the final effect you would like.
The painting on the left is a mixed media acrylic base on paper. The great thing about this option is that you can purchase it pre-framed, or frame it yourself in something that will suit your home decor.
- A close up photo to capture expression, unique features?
Or a distant view to capture your pet in a setting (eg. Running in the woods, snuggled on the sofa etc.)
- Colours: What colours reflect your pet's personality? What colours match your home decor?
- Background: Do you like the background in the reference photo? What overall effect are you after?
- Surface & size: Canvas or paper? Where will it be hung in your home? How big does it need to be? Framed or unframed?
The other surface option would be a stretched canvas. Canvas paintings become more of a statement piece in the home, and come in unlimited size options and shapes.
Canvas portraits will be mixed media with an acrylic base, and will naturally be more textured and punchy. This option is more expensive, but absolutely worth it for the dramatic results and easy wall hanging.
The two paintings above are mixed media canvas pieces. The client struggled to choose between multiple photos so ended up getting both!
As with all pet portraits, whether on paper or canvas, my main focus is to capture their personality and characters in an expressive, but life-like representation of them, which is why it's so important that when preparing for a commission you are able to provide me with a high quality photograph, and a description of your pet's character, making sure to specify the overall mood that you want to convey through them.
If you would like to begin the process of commissioning your own pet portrait, then firstly I would encourage you to read my commissioning work blog post, which has all the information you need about the process and how to prepare. Click here:
Next stage would be to simply get in touch! Tell me all about your idea, what you would like and what size/material you would want. This information is necessary for me to be able to give you a price quote. You can send me an email to or fill out the form below.
I look forward to hearing your ideas and bringing your portrait to life!