Pet Portrait Commission
Size & Medium: 30 x 30 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from: Canada
This portrait was commissioned by Anne as a pet portrait and surprise present for her daughter to go with her other commission ‘Walk in the Park’. Sage is a rescue dog who had to have an operation on her eyes, and has a very distinctive look.
I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph and work in progress shots. I have also shared with you the client’s feedback. The painting was supplied finished with a concealed frame, ready to hang. I hope you enjoy this page of information and if you would like to commission me to paint your pet don’t hesitate to contact me
The Pet Portrait in Progress
I often take photos as I am progressing with a painting, these are mainly for my own benefit – I do not tend to show a client a work in progress as I prefer to wait until I have completed the piece and ensured all of the colours and tones are correct and balanced.
Here are some shots of ‘Sage’ in progress:
You can just see my pencil drawing and the lovely detailed background she was lying on:
Here are her lovely velvet ears in place:
And then her distinctive eye:
Here’s a close-up of her eye, although she looked asleep at first glance, she did actually have her eye slightly open, which gave me more detail to work with, and brought her to life:
I will always send the final version as a jpeg image via e-mail to the client for approval to ensure that they are happy with the painting and colouring before I finish. I do not charge any commission fee up-front, preferring to ensure that a client is 100% happy with the painting before they pay for it.
The Pet Portrait – Image
Being married to a photographer has its advantages! All of my paintings are photographed using a professional Digital SLR Camera, in natural light, and the colour and tones are ensured to be a perfect match with the original painting using Photoshop. The image is then stored as a full sized tiff image and a smaller jpeg version only is displayed on my website. This ensures that should a client require a print from the original painting, we are able to fulfil this requirement for them.
The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting
Client’s Pet Portrait Reference Photographs
I ask clients to e-mail me a range of photographs for me to work from, and I tend to use one main photograph for the pose and use others for reference, detail and colouring. I am also sometimes asked to add a different background to the piece which can easily be achieved via Photoshop. The photographs depicted below may vary in colour to the finished painting – this can be due to the scanning or the original quality of the photographs – or simply that only one particular photograph was used to ensure the colouring of the pet. If a photograph sent is not detailed enough or of a high enough quality, then I will let the client know – and I always chat through the final pose, background and colouring before I begin, so that I am satisfied that I know what the client requires.
Anne sent me lots of photos but we both agreed that this one was the perfect shot as it showed off Sage’s personality and had such a bright and distinctive background which I really enjoyed painting.
And then it just required cropping to the square format and size that we had agreed. This was quite a small painting for me, at only 30cm x 30cm – although there is often even more detail and small brush work required in a smaller painting.
Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and often if the painting is a gift, from the final recipient too! Often messages are left for me on Facebook or via e-mail, and are reproduced here, and on my website, with the client’s permission. Sometimes clients also send me a photograph of the painting hung on a wall in their home, which is lovely for me to be able to see where the painting has been placed.
E-mail message from Anne on seeing the painting’s jpeg images and being asked for her approval:
“I had no doubt this would be super as well. Are you naming this picture too, I could think of lots but “Sage” would be perfect. She is our rescue challenge and although we have had her for 8 years she is still more bad than good but those good times are the reasons we love her”
I also received this e-mail message after Anne had collected this painting – and also ‘Walk in the Park’ – from my studio:
I am in absolute awe at how beautiful these pictures are. I have them propped up on the dining room table and it makes me feel my furry family are right here. I never imagined I would feel so emotional seeing them for the first time. Thank you so much.”
With thanks to Anne – for allowing me to paint ‘Sage’
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