Ink drawing of Mickey the dog

Pet Portraits


Commissioned Pet Portraits

Here you can see the latest commissioned pet portraits. Where possible, each one has it’s corresponding photograph so that you can see the likeness achieved. The media used is also listed below each one. This may help when deciding which media you would prefer for your pet.

More information about commissioning a piece can be found at the ‘Commissions‘ page.

Which Media?

I will advise you which media is best for your pet portraits, but some points you might like to consider when making your decision are:

  • Short haired, glossy coats work well with graphite pencil. To achieve the sheen on the coat, you need lots of layered, delicate shading.
  • Longer haired coats might look better with fineliners. The definition of the fur is clearer with fineliners and ink.
  • Fluffy coats could benefit from the use of graphite pencil. ‘Fluff’ is soft in texture, look and feel. Graphite pencil works well to create this softness
  • Wiry coats would probably work well in fineliners. The wiry texture needs to be sharp and clear.
  • Curly coats could probably go either way.

This list of considerations is not set in stone. Your pet might have a really fluffy coat, but when I see the photograph, I may think he or she would look better in ink.

Selecting your Photograph

Taking a photograph of your pet is usually quite a challenge, unless you have a very well behaved animal of course. I’m still trying to get a good head shot of one of my two cats. When I get the camera out, she turns away from me! Anyway, here are some points to consider when taking your shot:

  • Natural daylight is preferable. So, if you can, take your pet photograph outside.
  • If you can’t take the photo outside, take several indoors. Try different rooms to see which light works best.
  • You might need someone else to attract your pets attention so that they look at the camera. This is particularly important for a good head shot.
  • As I work in black and white, the colours are not so important. The light levels are more significant for me.
  • If you’re having trouble, just send me several photos to have a look at. I can then tell you if they are suitable to work from.