Pet Portrait Commission
Portrait: ‘As crianças’
Size & Medium: 45 x 60 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from: Portugal
This portrait was commissioned by Kitty/Lynn as a triple pet portrait and surprise present for her husband, having seen my art work on Facebook.
Another sneaky one as a surprise present – I do enjoy these!
I have added a photograph of the final painting, and close-ups of the three dogs together with the original reference photographs 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 ‘As crianças’ in progress:
I have included the first shots so that you can just see my pencil drawing at the start:
Here are the step by step shots for Shorty:
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 – Close-up of each dog
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 lots of photos – many of them we knew were not of a particularly high quality as the dogs often had ‘green eye’ – which is the pet equivalent of ‘red eye’ and very difficult to work with – I ended up using a photo for reference of each dog for the dog’s shape, colour and markings; and a separate shot of each to gain sufficient eye detail for me to work from:
And then it was just down to me and Photoshop to create a composite for the painting! This was then checked back with the client before I started painting to make sure that the relative sizing and colouring was correct.
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 the client on seeing the painting’s jpeg images and being asked for her approval:
“Hi Alyson, Portrait is fantastic , thank you”
I usually ask clients what they would like to name the painting – the reply came back:
“I would like The portrait to be called………”As crianças” Rocky, Clooney, Shorty
As we always refer to them as The kids !!”
I also received this e-mail message after they had given it to their husband on his birthday:
Just wanted to let you know Vitor is chuffed to bits with his present !!!! Regards” Kitty/Lynn
With thanks to Kitty/Lynn – for allowing me to paint ‘her kids’
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