From Photo to Pastel Pet Portrait

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Following on from my last blog about photography tips, I thought I'd put up a few examples of "from photo to portrait". So you can see what to expect from me when you commission a dog portrait, horse portrait or cat portrait.

I'm not a photorealistic painter, but not totally impressionistic either - sort of somewhere in the middle! My aim is to create for you a piece of art of your horse, dog or cat, so if you like my work that's great - we have the same taste! My pet portraits are always my interpretation of the photo of your horse, dog or cat, but I will always capture the character, likeness and spirit of your horse, dog or cat.

Photos need to be clear and close up, (don't worry too much if your favourite digital photo is not close up - the beauty is we can always zoom in and crop!)

I will always discuss thoroughly with you your requirements for your horse, dog or cat portrait, and I will always be honest about the result you can expect if your photograph if it is not the best quality. So, for example, if your pet has sadly passed away and you only have poor quality photographs the result will not be as good as large clear close up photo.

I can put 2 or more dog, horse or cats together in a portrait from different photographs although this will cost extra due to the extra work needed and I will usually create an initial composition sketch for your approval.

For commissioned dog, horse and cat portraits I always paint in pastels because they are more time efficient, there is no drying time and no varnish is needed. This means that they are at least a half of the price of an oil painting.