As portraits, especially pet portraits, can rarely be done from life a huge part of creating a portrait that a client will love is choosing the right photograph.
The ‘right photograph’ should ideally be clear enough to work from, and not over or underexposed. The lighting should show the true colouring and the subject should be in focus, blurred photos are so difficult to work from. Once those simple guidelines are covered, the ‘right photograph’ is largely defined by what the client wants.
Some of my favourite portraits were created from reference photographs I would never have chosen or ideas I would never have had, but were requested by clients. If you have ideas or unusual poses, please suggest them!
Clear headshots are often the best option when choosing a reference photograph, but sometimes, there may be a photograph which captures much more of a subject, especially for tender moments which cannot be staged or posed.
If a photograph is to dark, too blurred or too small I won’t be able to create a good portrait from it. If, sadly, it is the only photograph available then I will do my best to create the best painting or drawing that I can.
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I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat.
I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website.
I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine.
I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise.
If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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