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As crianças

Pet Portrait Commission

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait © Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Here are the step by step shots for Shorty:

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

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

Clooney

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Shorty

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

Rocky

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

© Alyson Sheldrake http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

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Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

Client’s Reference Photo http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

Client’s Reference Photo http://www.a3art.co.uk

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.

Pet Portrait Alyson Sheldrake As criancas

Client’s Reference Photo – composite http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

“Hi Alyson
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’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Sage

Pet Portrait Commission

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Sage’
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:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Here are her lovely velvet ears in place:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And then her distinctive eye:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

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.

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

” Alyson
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’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Walk in the Park

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Walk in the Park’
Size & Medium: 
45 x 60 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Canada

This portrait was commissioned by Anne as a double pet portrait and surprise present. The message to me read:

My daughter has just lost her 14 year  Golden Retriever. She was an Agility Champion and the head of our pet household.  She also has a Red Retriever who was rescued about 5 years ago.  If I sent you individual pictures of these two dogs would you be able to put them together with one of our Canadian park settings where they loved to run”

That sounded like a fun challenge to me so we set to work!

I have added a photograph of the final painting, 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 ‘Walk in the Park’ in progress:

I have darkened this one down so that you can just see my pencil drawing at the start:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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 tools of the trade!

I thought you might also enjoy seeing what is around me whilst I am painting.

I work from a client’s photographs, so as well as printing these out as a reference point, I also have them up on a computer in the studio so that I can zoom in and check the detail and the colouring:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

I also have a very busy palette – here you can see me mixing my own greens!

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And I also keep a meticulous record of the colours I have mixed and the paints used – just for my own reference, which I have found to be enormously useful:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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 – Detail of each dog

Winnie

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Bosco

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

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 – we knew the one we wanted of Bosco which was him sat on the wall with the park in the background:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And eventually Anne found just the right shot of Winnie too:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And then it was just down to me and Photoshop to create a composite for the painting! This was then checked back with Anne before I started painting to make sure that the relative sizing and colouring was correct.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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:

“Alyson,
I am absolutely overwhelmed at how beautiful the painting is. It is for my daughter’s birthday and I know she will love it. Look forward to seeing the actual painting.  “Walk in the park’ is a perfect name too.

Approval?  I think it’s a big yes from me…….”

I also received this e-mail message after Anne had collected this painting – and also another one – from my studio:

” Alyson
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 ‘Winnie and Bosco’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Barney

Pet Portrait Commission

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Barney’
Size & Medium: 
44 x 49 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Portugal / UK

This portrait was commissioned by Sandra as a partner for her previous pet portrait commission ‘Jake’. Barney had recently passed away, and I was determined to capture both the spirit and expression of a much loved family member.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph and work in progress shots and also 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 ‘Barney’ in progress:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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 – Detail

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

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.

Sandra sent me a gorgeous photo of Barney, which had been slightly damaged in an old glass photo frame, but was easy to work with:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
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I cropped it down to the right size and set to work

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
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And as a surprise for the client, managed to restore her original photograph for her too – the wonders of Photoshop!

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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.

Facebook message from Sandra on seeing the painting’s jpeg images:

“OMG this is so fantastic! I am more than happy with it……I am ecstatic!!!! Words cannot express my thanks to you for capturing Barney so beautifully xxx”

With thanks to Sandra – for allowing me to paint ‘Barney’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

5 Chickens

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘5 chickens’
Size & Medium: 
44 x 44 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was a first for me – could I paint a friend’s chickens for her husband as a surprise birthday present?! The photos of the 5 chickens duly arrived and I was amazed at how different each one was! They quickly took on different personalities for me as I painted them, and it was a fun painting to complete.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, and close-up shots of each chicken, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared work in progress shots too and Sue’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.

Here are some shots of ‘5 chickens’ in progress:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting – close-ups of each chicken

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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 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.

On this occasion Sue sent me through photos of each chicken individually, which I was then able to highlight in Photoshop and have enough detail to work from.

Here are the five chickens:

chicken1

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chicken2

Client’s Reference Photo
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chicken5

Client’s Reference Photo
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chicken3

Client’s Reference Photo
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chicken4

Client’s Reference Photo
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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 Sue on seeing the jpeg images of the finished painting on e-mail:

“Alyson – it’s fantastic ! I am delighted with the finished painting and I am sure Roger will be too. I will try to keep it a secret so will ask it to be delivered to a friend’s house… Do post it on your website. If I can exclude Roger from my FB page I am happy for it to go up there too. Is that possible? I shall be sure to recommend you to other “pet lovers” also. Well Done . Very Happy Sue”

Sue also sent me this message once it was safe for me to post the painting onto my website:

“Morning Alyson ~ Roger is very pleased with his present and card; if you want to put Chickens on your website and Facebook feel free to do so – the secret was kept till the end. The parcel was fine and travelled well. Keep on using your God given talents in such a way, I am sure you bring many people pleasure as well as enjoying what you are doing” Love Sue

With special thanks to Sue -and Roger – for allowing me to paint their chickens!

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Merlin

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Merlin’
Size & Medium: 
45 x 40 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was the second pet portrait I ever completed – it was painted for a client Alan, after I had painted Winston {you can read about Winston here … Winston Pet Portrait } Ted and Helen had commissioned Winston and then recommended me to their friends, including Alan.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared some work in progress shots too and both Alan and Ted’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.

Here is a couple of shot of ‘Merlin’ in progress:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

and

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

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.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

On this occasion the client sent me through two photographs of Merlin – as a cute puppy and as a full grown adult dog:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

We agreed via e-mail messages that the shot of him as a puppy was just too good not to use!

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 Alan on seeing the jpeg images of the painting:

“Alyson

Brilliant, really like it. All paid for. Winston really good too. Ted & Helen will be very pleased.

Thank you very much, we will be recommending your work.

Kind regards”

Alan

Further e-mail message from Ted {Alan’s friend} when the painting arrived safely at his house:

“Alan is here today.  He is thrilled with Merlin”

With special thanks to Alan for allowing me to paint ‘Merlin’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Winston

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 Portrait:  ‘Winston’ 

Size & Medium:  44 x 44 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was the very first pet portrait I ever completed – it was painted for a very dear couple Ted and Helen, who came to our first ever exhibition at the Holiday Inn hotel at Armação de Péra. Ted asked me if I painted pets, and I said I would happily try for him – which resulted in me painting his gorgeous ‘boy’ Winston for them.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared a work in progress shot too and Ted’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.

Here is a shot of ‘Winston’ in progress:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

In this case, I sent over the finished shot above for Ted and Helen, and they asked me to lighten him, as his fur was too dark – you can see the final version below. I am always happy to change a painting if I can, as it is really important to me that the client is totally happy with the work before I finish.

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

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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.

On this occasion the client knew exactly which photograph they wanted me to work from as they said that it perfectly captured Winston lying on his favourite rug:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

I cropped and Photoshopped the photograph to a square format and set to work.

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 Ted and Helen when the painting arrived safely at their home:

Winston has just arrived.  He’s wonderful – very many thanks

Ted also sent me this message:

“Just to let you know Winston is now up on the wall in the lounge, – he looks great.
Alan {another customer} and I are circulating your pet portrait details,- either there will be no customers (which I doubt), or you will be swamped! Best wishes to you both” Ted

With special thanks to Ted and Helen for allowing me to paint ‘Winston’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!