What information/photos do I need to provide for a pet portrait?

Good and Bad Pet Photos
Good and Bad Pet Photos

Getting a custom pet portrait made captures the spirit and personality of your furry friend in a unique piece of art. However, providing the right reference materials upfront is key to ensuring your portrait turns out perfect. Here's what most pet portrait artists will need from you


Provide Plenty of Pet Photos

The more high-quality photos you can supply your artist, the better. Portrait artists rely on reference pictures to accurately depict your pet's:

  • Physical traits (fur color/patterns, eye color, etc.)
  • Unique markings or distinguishing features
  • Body shape and proportions
  • Facial expressions and personality

Variety is important, so include pictures captured from different angles - front view, profile, 3/4 view. Both close-ups and full body shots are useful. Candid photos showing your pet's animated personality are ideal.


Consider Your Pet's Setting

Along with your pet, you may want a specific setting or background included in the portrait. Perhaps your dog at their favorite park, or your cat cuddled in their usual window nook. Providing setting photos along with your pet pics can help your artist nail all the little details.


Share Pet Personality Traits

The best pet portraits don't just recreate physical looks, but also capture the spirit and quirks that make your pet unique. Make notes about your fur baby's:

  • Temperament (goofy, calm, feisty, cuddly)
  • Favorite toys, objects, or activities to include
  • Any hilarious habits or cute quirks

This insight allows the artist to inject more life and personality into the portrait.


Size & Display Preferences

Have an idea of roughly what size portrait you'd like, as well as if you want it matted, framed, or canvas wrapped. Mention if you want the portrait oriented horizontally or vertically. Letting the artist know upfront how you plan to display it ensures they can plan accordingly.

By supplying pet portrait artists with great reference photos, background details, and info on sizing/display, you'll set them up to create a custom work of art you'll cherish forever. With good preparation, your fur baby's one-of-a-kind character will shine through in the final portrait.


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