Pet Portraits from Photographs

Looking for a special keepsake of your beloved pet(s) or the perfect gift(s) for an animal lover? You have come the the right place for your pet portraits.

You can enjoy a true likeness and everlasting memory of your pet in your home or office. Below are some pet portrait examples and a price list for the most popular media and sizes. Feel free to contact me for a bespoke quote for complex backgrounds, multiple pets or to discuss potential lead times for your pet portrait(s). Terms and conditions are detailed below.

pastel pet portrait price guide
graphite pet portrait price guide
mixed media pet portrait price guide
terms and conditions of pet portraits

Case Studies

Labrador pet portrait

“Ellie and Millie” 2018 – A3 Graphite.

I like to request a brief description of my pets, especially when I am not fortunate enough to meet them in person. This is Ellie and Millie, two beautiful Labradors. You can see the comparison of their photos with my drawing.

The client requested the pet portrait to be professionally framed as it was an special birthday gift.

Cavapoo pet portrait - Bonnie

“Bonnie” 2018 – 30x40cm Pastel Pencils and Ink Background.

​Meet Bonnie, the beautiful Cavapoo I had the privilege of drawing. 

​Description: Very playful and barks until you throw her the ball.

Given my excitement when I first saw this photograph, I had a clear vision and saw huge potential. Evidently, this wasn’t the clearest of photographs to work from due to the light and movement decreasing it’s sharpness. However, we believed it portrayed Bonnie’s character well and I was able to use more detailed photographs for the areas I required. In addition, a splash background using inks matched her colourful and cheerful character. ​

The choice is yours – pet / animal portraits in graphite give a more traditional feel and match well to any room whereas pastel creates a more likeness to real life with multiple layers of colour. All art materials used are of professional quality and to be an everlasting memory and keepsake. 

Good quality & high resolution (sharp) photos work best as a reference photo, however, I will require permission to use photos taken by a professional photographer. I also welcome additional photos / videos to help me portray the true character of the animal.

Pet Portraits – FAQs

The Pet Portraits from Photographs Process

– How long will I have to wait?
Waiting times may vary. I usually complete pet portraits gradually over 2-3 months. Therefore, it is best to plan as far in advance as possible as I may be fully booked. However, if you are wanting your pet portrait as a gift and there is a shortage of time, I would be happy to send out a gift voucher for the special occasion. This means your recipient will have full control of the art process, speaking with myself, can choose their favourite reference photograph and receive exciting work in progress images of their beloved pet.

– How soon do I have to pay and what are the payment methods?
A non-returnable 50% deposit secures your place on the waiting list. 
On completion of your pet portrait the remaining amount will be due. 

– Can I see a picture of the drawing before you send it to me?
I show all of my clients a photograph of their pet portraits on completion. I also send work in progress shots unless you would rather keep it a surprise. After you have confirmed you are happy with your pet portrait(s), we can organise either delivery or collection as agreed.

Extra Information

What materials do you use?
All my art materials are of professional long lasting quality. My pencils are Faber- Castell / Caran d’ Archie and the paper I use for all my pastel work is Clairefontaine Pastelmat which is 360g thickness – more like card than paper. Above all, most of my materials used are from sustainable forests; recycled or FSC certified.

– I have more than one pet, can I get them in the same picture?
Yes, I am happy to work together to come up with the perfect composition of all your pets. Get in touch for a bespoke quote.

– Can you draw any pet?
Yes of course, you don’t have to have a dog / cat / horse to have a pet portrait done. I am happy to draw all kinds of animals from chinchillas, chickens, reptiles or tropical fish.

– Can I order additional copies of my pet portrait?
Yes of course, I can offer high quality giclee print of your pet portrait – they are ideal if you would like a copy for a family member or perhaps some greeting cards. Please let me know in advance so that I can be sure to take a high resolution photograph of your pet portrait. An A4 mounted giclee print is around £30. Please note that this service can take up to 1 month after completion of your pet portrait.

Shipping or collection: 

– Do your pet portrait prices include postage?
Only if you are in the local area and have ordered a frame. UK tracked and signed postage is extra. You can also arrange to collect from Inchture, PH14 9QB.

– Can you ship your pet portraits outside the UK?
Yes I do, please contact me for a quote.  

Framing options:

– Can I have my pet portrait professionally framed?
If you live locally / are happy to collect from my location I can order a custom made frame for you. Unfortunately, I do not trust frames delivered in the post as this is too risky and could damage the art piece.

– How much does it cost to have my pet portrait framed?
Professional framing from my supplier is for instance, an additional £40 for A5, £60 for A4 size, £80 for for A3 size. However, costs vary depending on mount, type and thickness of the frame.