Portraits for your Pet: What you need to know about getting a pet portrait.

Portraits for your Pet: What you need to know about getting a pet portrait.
Portraits for your Pet: What you need to know about getting a pet portrait.

Do your homework

Before you start thinking about what kind of portrait you’d like for your pet, take some time to look at the artist’s style. If a portrait artist has a more abstract style and you think it would suit your pet better than a realistic one, then that should be your first choice. Don’t make assumptions either way—get as much information as possible before investing in any artwork.

If you find something that looks promising, ask for more examples from the same artist. Even if they didn’t create the piece themselves (which is very common), seeing additional work by the same hand will help give an idea of what kind of style they have and whether or not it suits your taste and needs. This step is especially important if this is the first time commissioning an artist who hasn't yet built their reputation or portfolio. Asking around among friends can also be helpful; if anyone has commissioned them before, ask them how things went!

Another thing to look at when researching artists is whether or not they have any references available on their website or social media accounts; these are usually displayed in galleries where they display their work as well

What kind of photo should you give your artist?

If at all possible, take the photo yourself. If you are not able to do this, ask a friend or family member to take the photo. If that is not an option either, then find someone who can help you get an image of your pet.

pet photography

How much should a pet portrait cost?

The price of a pet portrait can vary widely depending on the size and medium. For example, a small drawing may cost as little as $50 while an big one could cost over $500. Generally speaking, you'll probably pay more for larger pieces of art. The good news is that there are options in every price range—you just have to decide what works best for your budget and tastes!

If you're on a tight budget but still want something nice, don't worry: there are plenty of artists who can work within your price range. However, remember that you get what you pay for: if an artist has charged less than what their work is worth or doesn't have any experience doing pet portraits (or any kind), it's likely their final product will not be great either!

Should you tell your artist about the story behind the pet?

It's a good idea to share your vision with the artist, but it's not necessary. The artist may be able to provide some feedback that will help you achieve your goals, but so long as the pet portrait looks like the subject and captures its spirit, it will have served its purpose.

The story behind the pet could help explain why you'd like a portrait of them in particular. Your artist might come up with an idea for composition or lighting that wouldn't have occurred to you—this is especially true if they know something about photography or other visual arts. They might even be able to recommend images that capture what they think YOUR pet would look like!

pet art

Should you get a portrait of a dog who has died?

If you’re wondering whether or not to get a portrait of your deceased dog, the answer is “it depends.” Besides creamating their deceased pets and turning their ashes to jewellery, some people love having portraits of their pets who have passed away because it reminds them of the good times they had with them and helps them feel better about their loss. However, some people find it too painful to look at their pet in this way after they have passed on. If you are getting a portrait for yourself personally, then I suggest waiting until you are ready so that the process doesn’t make things worse for you!

If you decide to commission a portrait for someone else (like your child or partner), then I would definitely encourage getting one as soon as possible—the sooner after death as well! The longer this person has been gone from our lives, the more difficult it will be for us to remember how much we loved him/her when we see his/her picture again later down line but even still it’s never too late -- just think back on all those wonderful memories together before he got sick...

Commissions can be more than portraits.

A commission can be more than a portrait. If you have other kinds of artwork that you would like to have made for your pet, we can do that for you as well. We will work with you to create something special and unique for your pet!

Some ideas include:

  • A painting or sculpture of your pet (to hang in their room or sit on their bedside table)

  • A caricature or cartoon style painting/drawing of your pet (to give as a gift)

pet portrait

Who should commission a pet portrait?

Anyone who loves their pet, that's who! Getting a custom portrait of your beloved dog (or cat) is a great way to commemorate them in a more meaningful way. It’s also a special way to thank someone who has been an integral part of your family and life.

The cost of getting a pet portrait can range anywhere from $800 – $3,000 depending on the size and detail of the piece. If this seems too expensive for you, know that many artists offer payment plans with no interest or finance charges!

It's not always easy to find the right artist, but once you do, commissions are fun and rewarding!

  • It's not always easy to find the right artist, but once you do, commissions are fun and rewarding!

  • There are many sites on the internet where artists offer their services. Look for one that matches your style preferences.

  • If you like what they have to offer, contact them via email or other means of communication (phone calls) before setting up an appointment for a consultation.


Leave a comment

Explore Our Custom Pet Portraits