Say THAT three times fast! (pet portrait process, pet portrait process,...) I recently finished a pet portrait for a woman, Heidi, who is giving the painting to her husband, Tolis for Christmas. The subject of the painting is their beloved dog Spotty, who unfortunately has passed on. Since I am currently taking commissions for the holidays, I thought I'd take a moment to share with you the process involved in creating a custom pet portrait.
First, Heidi came to me and said that she was thinking of having a portrait of Spotty done. She wanted it based on the first photo she ever took of him, and she thought that a portrait of him would be a nice way for her and Tolis to remember him. This is the original photo she showed me.
Heidi and I discussed what she liked about the photo and how she wanted Spotty represented in the portrait. We also talked about whether or not she wanted a detailed background or a non-detailed background. Next we discussed canvas sizes and pricing. Once Heidi was satisfied with how Spotty was to be depicted, I drew up a contract to be sure she got exactly what she wanted. Heidi gave me a half-down deposit, and I happliy began painting Spotty's portrait. In addition to painting the front of the canvas, I also painted all four sides of the canvas. This way the painting was ready for immediate frame-free hanging. Once I finished, I emailed Heidi with a photo of the finished product to guarantee her satisfaction.
I assumed that she was satisfied when she replied, "Omg! Tears in my eyes! It's beautiful!! It looks JUST like him!" Heidi then sent me the balance payment and I sent her the painting of her immortalized Spotty.
If you're interested in a custom pet portrait or other fine art, please feel free to contact me. I would be honored to paint a subject that is close to your heart.