Dog Portraits FAQs
I have more than one dog, is it possible to have multiple dogs in the same portrait?
Yes, this is popular request and I often produce dog portraits with more than one pet in. This can be a photograph with all of the cats in or I can use separate photographs and combine them into the one portrait. A good recent example of a charcoal pencil portrait I did of several dogs, from separate photographs is this one of labradors Moss and Jake with Wilf.
What is the best way to photograph my dog for the portrait?
For best results, I always recommend photographing your dog in natural day light and using a good quality camera. Smart phone cameras normally fit into this category and this has the added bonus that you can simply send your picture over to me on my mobile.
If your portrait is going to include more than dog, don’t worry about trying to get them all facing the right direction at the right time – I can work from several photographs and combine them all into the same portrait over a background colour of your choice.
For a few examples of excellent pet photographs and a few more photography tips, head over to the photography guidelines page.
What media do you use for dog portraits?
I can use any media that you would like but I usually work with charcoal, pastel pencils or coloured pencils for the smaller portraits and acrylic or oil paint for larger work. Portraits can be done in colour or black and white depending on the style you would like for your cat. Pencil drawings are done on high quality Mi-tientes paper and I use stretched cotton canvas for paintings.
There are examples of each type of work in the portfolio section, labelled by size and media.
Which type of media should I choose for my dog portrait?
Each type of media has its own advantages and disadvantages and the choice often comes down to personal preference, budget and size. The most low cost option is generally a black and white pencil sketch. Pencil sketches are a really popular choice as small presents for dog lovers but if you are looking to immortalise your canine companion in full, glorious colour, a realistic pastel portrait or oil painting may be the best choice.
What range of sizes do you offer?
Again, the choice of size come down to personal preference and budget. The smallest cat portraits that I tend to do are A3 going all the way up to, well, as big as you’d like it really! Standard sizes are A3 or A2 for pencil sketches and up to A1 for canvas paintings. Custom size requests are more than welcome though so please don’t hesitate to ask – you can do this by entering the size on the quote form.
How do I order my dog portrait?
Ordering your dog portrait couldn’t be easier. Simply take a photograph of your pet, bearing in mind my photography guidelines, enter your artwork requirements and upload your pet photograph here, on the online quote form.
After completing the form, you’ll be able to pay your deposit online if you’d like me to get straight on with your portrait, or just wait for me to get in touch with you if you’d rather talk things over first.
How long with it take for my artwork to arrive?
It generally takes around two weeks from the time that the portrait is ordered to when it is delivered to your door. Larger paintings, particularly oil, can take up to eight weeks but you’ll be given an estimated delivery date as soon as I receive your order.
If there is a particular rush for a portrait such as for a birthday present, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
How are the dog portraits delivered?
It depends on size but I generally use Royal Mail 1st Class recorded delivery where possible. Paper portraits are posted in a stiff cardboard envelope to avoid bending and paintings are posted in bubble wrapped packaging to avoid any knocks on the way. Oil paintings will be sent via a specialist art courier as they can take up to a year to fully dry, so bear in mind an added fee will be added to your quote for this extra bespoke delivery service.