Pet Portrait Commission
Size & Medium: 45 x 40 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from: Portugal
This portrait was completed as the prize painting for the ‘Best in Show’ at the Algarve Dog Show at the International Algarve Fair in June 2013
Here I am at the show meeting the lucky winner Jan with her gorgeous dog Digby:
I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with some of the original reference photographs. I have also shared the recipient’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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.
On this occasion I worked through so quickly that I did not stop to take any photographs in progress!
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.
The client sent me through a number of shots, including this one:
I have to say a huge thank you at this point to Dan and Natasha from Birch Photography – not only did they run round all weekend photographing the Dog Show, they also took a fantastic photograph of Digby which they very kindly allowed me to use to paint my Pet Portrait from! I am always keen to be given the very best photographs that I can to work from, the more detail and information a photograph can give me, the easier my job is – and Birch Photography’s photograph was amazing as they really captured the essence of Digby and got him looking straight at the camera:
They are also a great young couple working out here on the Algarve, covering events, corporate and commercial work, real estate, weddings and portraits – you can find out more about them via their website Birch Photography or Facebook Birch Photography Facebook Page – we can highly recommend them!
Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 Jan on seeing the painting’s jpeg images:
“ So pleased with Digby’s painting, thank you so much”
We also arranged to deliver the painting in person – which gave me another chance to meet Digby – who was absolutely gorgeous!
The winning painting was even featured in the local newspaper too:
I have already arranged with the organiser of this year’s Dog Show that I will be at the International Algarve Fair again this year – and I will be offering a free prize Pet Portrait to the ‘Best in Show’ of both the Saturday and Sunday competitions – so put the 7th and 8th of June dates in your diary!
With special thanks to Jan and the Algarve Dog Show for allowing me to paint ‘Digby’
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