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How to get the perfect pet portrait painting: The Ultimate Pet Lover's guide!

Posted on 23 November, 2022


Pet portraits make great gifts and make fantastic talking points. Bring out the quirky personality of your beloved pet through a vintage or custom scene and keep them forever immortalized in art. You've come to the right place if you're looking for a uniquely customized work of art, especially a custom handmade painting to capture your furry friend's likeness. Whether you are looking for pet animal drawings, dog paintings, or cat paintings, Paintphotographs can make it for you. We also make realistic dog pencil drawings and sketches, cat pencil drawings and sketches. This ultimate step-by-step guide will help through the factors that you need to keep in mind when commissioning a pet portrait.   

When commissioning a pet portrait, there are several important factors to keep in mind in order to ensure you end up with a beautiful and accurate representation of your pet. First, you'll need to select a professional pet painting artist with the skill and experience necessary to create a stunning portrait. Then, you'll need to decide on the desired size, medium, and any special details you'd like included in the portrait painting.

By taking all of these factors into consideration, you can be sure to hire the right pet portrait artist and end up with a painting that you'll cherish for years to come.

Before ordering a pet portrait, you should consider the following important factors:

1. Selecting the Photo for a Pet Portrait

The first step toward your dream pet portrait is selecting the appropriate photo of your pet.

People sometimes send blurry pictures of their pets, which makes it hard for the artist to see all the features clearly and leads to a poor pet portrait painting. While it is feasible to create a portrait painting from a poor photo, the end product won't be what you were hoping for.

While taking a picture, there are a few things to bear in mind. Consider taking a portrait photo that clearly shows the subject's eyes and other facial features. To accurately capture every nuance of your pet's face, the pet painting artist needs a clear view of their face.

A blurry image or a picture taken in motion like a pet running should never be used in a portrait,  Unless the photo is taken at a shutter speed that makes it appear clear, it will most likely be blurry.

dog blurred image and sharp image paintphotographsBlurred Image Vs Clear Image (Image Credits: Paintphotographs)

For portraits, a well-lit image is always ideal because gloomy images don't offer much in the way of visual attraction. For this reason, it is crucial to take a good picture of your pet, save it, and provide it to the artist to use as a reference.

2. Selecting the size for the Pet Portrait

Selecting the appropriate size for your pet's photo can be a challenge. There are a few crucial factors to take into account when determining what size will best satisfy your needs. It's important to visualize the portrait's surroundings, or more precisely, the space in which it will be displayed, whether you're buying one for yourself or as a gift or a present. For a room with a greater wall area, such as a living room, dining room, or bedroom large portraits are acceptable. While a smaller space, such as a study room or corridor, will suit smaller portraits better.

To better understand what you require and what is appropriate for your setting, always discuss your desired measurements with the top pet portrait artists. Depending on your needs, you can order a portrait in any size, from 8 inches x 12 inches (A4 size) to a large canvas painting of 72 inches x 48 inches. When it comes to pricing, size is a crucial consideration. The price of a painting increases with its size and amount of elements. As more subjects require the commission portrait artist to put in more time and effort, this will inevitably result in an increase in size and price.

At Paintphotographs, you can also choose to have your photos painted in any size you choose by connecting with us on Whatsapp or by speaking with us at 918291070650! You can view our size options here to learn more if you're interested!

3. Mediums to consider for Pet Portraits

Making a choice can be tough because different mediums express different moods and emotions. It is important to pick the media that best compliments your pet's feel and appearance. The best qualities of your cherished pet should be reflected in your artwork. Pet portrait painters typically have a good understanding of the various mediums and can help you make the best decision. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that prices will vary with every media. Charcoal, pencil, color pencil, oil, and acrylic are just a few of the many mediums that we at Paintphotographs provide for pet portraits. However, before we continue, you must understand how to select the appropriate media for your portraits.

Charcoal pencil sketch of a man with a dog on his lap

Charcoal Pencil Pet Portrait Sketch (Image Credits: Paintphotographs)

Charcoal Pet Portrait Sketches

An attractive contrast can be achieved in a charcoal pet portrait, frequently with sharp, dark strokes that are warm but distinct. Charcoal might be a great medium for pets that are black and white if you're not concerned about losing the color.

Pencil Pet Portraits Sketches

Pencil portraits will be your favorite style if you take great care to get every detail just right. The pet painters will create some gorgeous strokes and fantastic sketches but because of the nature of pencils, the sketches will be a little bit lighter than the charcoal portrait sketches.

If you want to capture every facial detail of your pet in a single portrait, the best way to deal with the lightness of the pencil sketches is to make the sketch in a mixed media of charcoal and pencil sketches.

Charcoal and Pencil sketch of a man with his dog

Charcoal Pencil Pet Portrait Sketch (Image Credits: Paintphotographs)

Oil painting on Canvas Pet Portraits

Oil has long been a popular and enduring medium for portraiture. If interested you can check our post on the history of oil paintings and various art movements.  The vibrant and lively colors of oil paintings give the impression that the viewer is looking at a real object. So, if you're looking for something realistic oil portraits would be perfect.

Oil pet portrait of a dog on the skate board

Dog Pet Portrait Painting (Image Credits: Paintphotographs.com)

4. Cost of Pet Portraits

Now, let's take a quick look at a few more factors that could affect the cost. Private artists may charge as little as INR 5000 for an 8 by 12-inch sketch or as much as INR 30.000 for a finished painting. Different artists will quote different amounts for the same painting of the same size! While the advantage of ordering a pet portrait from a company like Paintphotographs is that the prices are standardized and you can commission a portrait from skilled artists for a much lower price. Last but not least, remember to account for the artwork's delivery costs. If a private artist is hired to create the portrait, the shipping fee will be calculated based on distance. and we offer free shipping on all of our paintings.

5. Pet Portraits by Category

There are never any dull moments when we have our pets around.

So why not take advantage of the opportunity to treasure them, whether as a gift or as a classic piece of home décor?

Custom pet portraits are a favorite among all pet lovers. Honor your dogs by having a stunning unique pet portrait created by Paintphotographs! At Paintphotographs, we can paint anything from wildlife paintings to portraits of your pet dog, cat, or even your horse! The best dog portraits, cat portraits, and horse portraits are among our most popular pet portrait categories.

Human and animal portraits

Pet paintings make excellent gifts for pet owners. Anyone would love to have a pet painting to express their love for their pet, whether be your partner, parents, friends, or family members. A superb painting can be created by providing an appropriate picture or a photograph.

Oil portrait of Girl with her pet cat

Oil Pet Painting of Girl With Her Cat (Image Credits: Paintphotographs.com)

Composite Pet Portraits 

Wouldn't a painting including every one of your dogs make a thoughtful gift for your loved one?

What if they weren't ever captured together in a photograph? 

We at Paintphotographs create composite portraits by merging different pictures and images of your pets and creating a painting from the merged image. Now that all of your pets are present in one frame, you can appreciate their presence.

Pet painting of Dog looking out of window

Oil Painting of a Pet Dog Looking Out of  a Window Composite Pet Portrait (Image Credits: Paintphotographs.com)

6. Choosing a Private Artist vs. Professional Pet Portrait Service Provider

It all depends on the requirements you have for your painting as to whether you want to commission a portrait from a service or a private artist. There are a number of reasons why you might choose a private pet picture artist. Independent painters always have their own distinctive painting styles. They always become well-known through word-of-mouth, spread by loved ones who share reports of their individual experiences. A local artist will come in handy if you need the portrait to be delivered to you quickly as a gift for a particular person's birthday or wedding anniversary.

Conversely, a service's extensive collection of positive client feedback, professional support, and quick turnaround times might influence many people when they choose to commission a pet painting from them. A professional portrait painting service will always offer a simple process for booking, reviewing, and support services compared to a private artist. Further, you can choose your preferred medium, size, and category, all in one place.

7. What NOT to look for when hiring a pet portrait artist:

-First and foremost, do not hire an artist who does not ask you about your connection to the pet or the meaning of the painting.

-Secondly, do not hire an artist who does not have a portfolio of their previous work.

-Thirdly, do not hire an artist who is not willing to make changes to the painting based on your feedback.

Why Should You Pick PaintPhotographs?

Whether as a gift or for other reasons, people commission pet portraits to commemorate memories or to celebrate a special occasion. They are aware, deep down, that memories fade, but handmade paintings will continue to give those precious moments life. A good service will always understand and appreciate the motivation behind a portrait request from the client! As a result, they will focus on both the client's needs and the quality of the artwork.

Now that there are so many places you may order your portrait from, why should you choose us?

It's because everyone should have the opportunity to cherish their memories, and that shouldn't be expensive! With our assistance, you might unwind in a chair while our artist carefully makes the artwork of your desire. Our experienced team of artists will use modern painting techniques like Photorealism to make your paintings. Our hand-painted pieces will honor your beautiful memories.


If you wish to order a custom handmade oil painting or a portrait painting you can visit our order now page. To know the prices you can visit our pricing page. To see our work you can visit our gallery pages. To connect with us ping us on our chat messenger on the website or ping us on Whatsapp or call us at 918291070650 or drop us an email at  support@paintphotographs.com

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