Fine Art Pet Portraits
Pet portraits are a wonderful way to memorialize a cherished pet for yourself or for a loved one. My pet portraits are created in a realistic, yet painterly style and are based off of photos provided by you. I am happy to work with you to create a pet portrait that showcases your pet’s personality and captures his spirit.
To book a custom pet portrait commission, simply email me with your reference photos, the size, and any specific ideas for a background (or you can let me choose). We will work together to discuss the creation of your pet portrait. Once we agree on a size and layout, then I will then email you an invoice for a deposit and book your pet. The balance is collected after the portrait is completed and approved.
Pet Portrait Sizes and Pricing
Below are my estimated sizes and prices for pet portrait art commissions. Complex backgrounds and additional subjects may incur additional fees. Shipping is based on location. I am happy to quote you on sizes not listed. A minimum of a 20% deposit is collected to book all commissions. Contact me with any questions or to book your commission.
Gift size pet portraits are 5x7 matted to an 8x10. They come gift wrapped and are ready to frame. Shipping is included.
Regular pet portraits come on archival paper and are not matted. Shipping is not included and is based on location. Contact me for additional sizes.
Pet Reference Photo Guide
Pet reference photo guide
A guide to help you find and take the best reference for your custom pet portrait
As a realistic pet portrait artist, I rely heavily on detailed reference photos to accurately draw your pet. The more detail, the better able I am to render a more realistic painting. Below are some tips in taking and choosing a reference photo for your pet.
You do not need to have a DSLR camera to take a good photograph of your pet! Most iPhones and Androids can take fantastic photos, if taken in the right lighting. Of course, if you do have access to a DSLR or a friend who has one, use it!
Turn off the flash! A flash will make a photo look flat and oftentimes will give the subject red-eye. Instead, use natural light. Take your photos outside on a cloudy day. Indoor pets can be photographed in a well-lit room by a window. This works well for cats that like to bird-watch out a window.
Take photos of your pet at eye level. These will provide the most flattering pet portrait. Make sure your pet is either looking at you or just past your shoulder. Ideally you want to be able to see both eyes. Also make sure your pet fills the frame and isn’t cut off or too far away. Bust shots (head and chest) make excellent pet portraits.
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take good photos of your pet. All you need to do is recognize the difference between a good photo and a bad photo and follow my tips above. Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience. A treat goes a long way in getting a pet to cooperate! Have a little patience and you will be rewarded with a good photo! If you are still unsure, you can always email me at GuildbrookArt@gmail.com
What I Look For In a Good Photograph:
Reflections in the Eyes
Detail in the Nose and Fur
Examples of Good Photographs:
These two photos show good fur detail and there is a reflection in their eyes. These would make excellent pet portraits.
These represent common issues that I see with pet portrait references. I would not be able to use any photos with these problems.
Bad Angle/Fur Detail Lost
Too Far Away
High Contrast/Details Lost
Holding Pet/Bad Angle
If you have any questions, feel free to Contact me and I can help!