PETS IN PENCIL
Most things are possible
One of the fun and useful things about original hand-drawn art is that alterations can be made. Would you like a beautiful commemorative portrait but don't have very good photos? Maybe you have a great photo but your Beastie just has one eye closed? Or the light isn't quite right?
It can be fixed!
Whatever your Beastie is, a lot is possible, so don't let the lack of great photo's stop you getting that very special and unique gift (to yourself or others).
A case study, see photos. A client wanted a portrait of their late, much beloved cat. However, they wanted their best photo drawn in a frame, but they only had a photo of the frame, with another photo of the cat in it. I combined the frame with the good photo, the clients were delighted!
TIPS FOR A GREAT REFERENCE PHOTO
It’s really important to send me good quality photos when you’re commissioning a pet portrait - they allow me to see all the detail I need to create a beautiful pet portrait and get a good likeness.
The photos you send don’t need to be professional quality - photos taken with your mobile phone are totally fine. You can send me multiple photos - this is for me to get a good feel for the pet’s character. At least 1 photo should be something you think would make a good portrait, and should meet the criteria set out below.
It is all in the eyes, make sure the eye(s) are viseable and reflect the light.
Take in natural light - this means I can see accurate fur/scale/feather direction and colouring of your pet, and photos taken in natural light generally show more crisp detail.
In focus. This really goes without saying, but I do get sent a lot of blurry photos! If it is al you have, we will make it work for example for commemorative work.
Taken from a front-facing angle, looking at your pet on their level.
The highest resolution possible. If you are sending photos straight from your phone, you are sometimes asked what file size you want to send. Always choose the largest size - this means I can zoom in to see all the details I need.
Something you feel would make a good portrait. Have a think about what you’d like the portrait to look like - should it show the pet’s whole body, or just their head & neck? Do you want them to be in a certain position? Is there a certain way they like to sit, or stand?