Generally, the smallest size of a "head and shoulder" portrait I work
with is 8" x 10". The size of the artwork may need to be larger,
depending on the number of subjects to be included in the artwork, the
orientation of the subject and the subject matter. It is also much
more difficult to show all the fine details when the subject is
significantly reduced in size. Another reason for increasing the
artwork size is the number of subjects to be included.
Imagine 2 or 3 dogs crowded together on an 8"x 10" portrait. Again,
important detail would be lost and the size of each subject is again
drastically reduced. However, keep in mind that these are general
guides and all portraits are geared to the chosen pose and your
personal preferences. For simplicity, I have listed some common
standard sizes below. However, I can draw your portrait any dimension
body at angle side/full body
Any combination of animals can be included in an artwork. Study
portraits, montages, and multiple subjects are examples of different
artwork compositions. Don't be shy to share your suggestions!
Several factors are considered when determining if a portrait should
hang vertically (tall) or horizontally (wide). The composition, number
of subjects, the conformation of the subject and type of pose are some
factors that are considered. Other factors could also include the
location where you plan to hang your portrait, or simply your personal
preference. No need to worry; I will be more than happy to help you in
determining the most aesthetically pleasing orientation for your
I can add
a "hint" of background to the artwork or create a more detailed one of
background background with vignette
IMAGES: In order to render the
most realistic portrait, good quality photographs are required. High
resolution digital images are best but I can also work with
traditional photographs as long as they are suitable. A portrait
can also be created from several "not as good" poses or shots.
If at all possible, I do need at least one good photograph showing the eyes.
However, do not despair if you don't have any great pictures. I can
work with what you have along with verbal descriptions of your pet.
Many of my work involves beloved pets that are no longer alive and one
of the reasons the client wants a portrait is because they don't have
any good photos.
For helpful tips
on how to take (or choose) suitable photographs for your portrait,
please see the
Photography Information Page
For examples of
ideal photos suitable for a stunning Pet Portrait view
example 1 and
example 2. Don't worry,
photographs will be returned once artwork is complete.
VIEW THE PROGRESS OF YOUR PORTRAIT:
You will be able to view the progress of your pet portrait as it is
created on the
Work-in-Progress pages of my website. I will also send you several updates in jpeg format (via email) of
the work in progress. The portrait is not complete until you
approve a final proof.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The client agrees that all reference work provided to the artist for
the creation of the commissioned portrait is free and clear of all
copyrights, and the client agrees that the client will be responsible
for any legal actions taken by others for use of photo material that
is not free and clear of all copyrights.
commissioned for personal use only and may not be used for financial
gain. In addition, I retain full
reproduction copyright on all my artwork whether commissioned or not. Artwork and images may not
be used or reproduced without my written permission.