Animal portraits are a wonderful way to create a lasting memory of a beloved pet, add a meaningful piece of art to your home, or find a perfect gift for a friend or family member. In addition to pet portraits, I am also taking commissions for wildlife art. I currently offer either graphite or coloured pencil drawings on smooth bristol paper or acrylic paintings on canvas. If you have decided that an art commission is exactly what you are looking for, here is some information that you may find useful:
Pet Portraits and Wildlife Art
*Except for sizes 8x10 and smaller, add $40.00 for each additional animal in the picture*
For sizes other than those listed, please contact me.
For a single animal on a plain background:
For a single animal on a detailed background:
Graphite - on smooth Bristol Paper
Colored Pencil - Prismacolor Premier colored pencil on smooth Bristol Paper
Pastel - Rembrandt soft pastels and Carbothello pastel pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat
Acrylic - Golden Heavy Body acrylics on Blick's Premier splined gallery-wrap cotton canvas
Charcoal Sketch (Pet Portraits Only)
An alternative to a full pet portrait commission is a charcoal sketch. These usually take about half an hour to an hour to draw and are therefore a great option if you are looking for something quick. A sketch may include one or two animals on the same drawing. They are 11x14 inches on Strathmore 300 series Drawing Paper and cost $25.00 for a single pet or $30.00 for two on the same paper (head/shoulders only).
How It Works:
Once you have decided on how you would like the picture to look, please contact me and send me a photograph of your pet. I recommend sending several so that I can get a better idea of their personality to capture in the finished work. Pictures taken outside usually turn out the best in terms of colour and clarity. After I receive the photos, we can work out the composition of the portrait, and I will let you know what the final price will be if any special requests were made.
For wildlife commissions, instead of sending a photo (unless you have one already that you like), please email me with ideas so that we can work together to decide on the composition.
At this point I will make a rough pencil sketch of what the portrait will look like, and if there is anything you would like to change, this will be your opportunity to do so. Once you are happy with the outline, I will ask for a 50% deposit. Once I receive this, I will begin the drawing and keep you updated on the progress. When you are satisfied with the final result, I will ask for the rest of the payment and send you the picture once the money is received. All payments can be made securely online through PayPal.