Dog Portrait Commissions
Commission an oil painting of your Dog.
I offer custom pet portraits painted from your photographs by commission. My oil paintings are rich and vibrant and full of character. You can choose a muted palette of neutrals, or a more colourful painting as in Wilbur's portrait seen below, (which is a 60 x 60cm oil on stretched canvas).
How to Commission an Oil Painting of Your Pet.
When booking a commission, you are welcome to email me with any questions and photographs and then the next step is a phone consultation where we can discuss your ideal painting and have a chat about the available photographs and any special requirements and timescale. I will then email an agreement with the planned date of completion, which should be signed and returned with the deposit of 50% of the agreed commission price. The time it will take me to complete your dog's portrait will depend largely on how many portraits are currently in progress, however as a guide it would normally take me around 4 weeks to complete an oil portrait, from booking to collection. Pet portraits are painted on stretched premium cotton canvas, so you have the option of hanging with or without a frame. Your deposit secures your place on my studio list.
The finished painting.
Once your portrait is completed, I will send you a photograph of the finished work for your approval. We can then arrange collection. If the painting is to be delivered, I will wrap and box the painting super securely, and organise a courier service.
How to get good photographs to send me.
The best photographs for me to use as reference material, are well lit, close up and clear, with the eyes being particularly important. Send as many photos as you like, as they all help me to create an accurate likeness of your dog or cat.
If you need any help or tips in taking the right photos to make a great picture, please see guide below:
Guide to photographing your pet in preparation for a painting commision:
1) Take your dog or cat's photograph from a good angle, level with the face so that the features can be seen properly. Many people take the photograph from above, looking down at the dog or cat. This is a big mistake because the top of a pet's head is not the best view for a portrait. Crouch or kneel down, or sit on the floor to take a few shots and remember that the photographs need to be clear and from a position which means your pet is looking into the camera.
2) Use good lighting. This is so that we can see the finer details of your pet and can therefore include them in the painting. The best lighting is natural daylight because the colours will be fairly true. Never use a flash!
3) One of the best ways is to sit your pet indoors near a window so that the daylight falls onto their face. Direct sunlight is too harsh and will wash out the colour and details too much. Did I mention never use a flash? The photos where a dog has shiny red or yellow discs of reflected flash light in their eyes cannot be used for portrait painting.
4) Take clear close up pictures if you can. Remember that all the information that I can paint from is coming from your photos. So try and make them super clear and at a good resolution. A photo taken on a rainy day of your dog 200 yards away having a pee isnt going to make a great reference photo (and I have received one like this in the past. True story.)
5) Take more photos than you think you should. I don't mind if i get 200 photos of the same dog, if it means I can sift through them and finish up with an accurate reference to work from.