Having a pet portrait painted without a good photo – is it possible?

 

I am often asked if it’s possible to have a portrait painted of a pet when there’s not an ideal reference photo available. Maybe the painting is a memorial portrait and, life being what it is, a wonderful reference photo had never been taken of the pet. Maybe the portrait is a surprise gift and the gift-giver doesn’t want to spoil the surprise by asking for photos of the pet, and instead uses something from social media. It happens.

In a perfect world, these wouldn’t be obstacles we’d have to deal with, but the world is far from perfect, and the short answer is that yes, you can still have a gorgeous pet portrait from your photo with less than ideal reference pictures!

The above transformation shows just such a situation. Petey passed away, and a good friend of his owners wanted to surprise her friend with his portrait. She sent me what she could stealthily get her hands on (see pic above) and I painted a beautiful portrait of Petey from it.

Would you like to have your pet’s portrait painted? Click here to see pricing options. 

Custom Pet Portraits Starting at $75 – Hand-Painted from Your Photos

Having your dog or cat hand-painted on canvas is probably less expensive than you think. I am a professional artist residing in Phoenix, Arizona who specializes in dog, cat and other pet portraits from photos. Hand-painted Custom Pet Portraits on gorgeous, professional quality stretched canvas, in a variety of styles to suit your decor and personal aesthetic, ALL start at under $100.

In fact, at the time of this post, my least expensive option, simply because it's the smallest, is just $75.

Below are the various styles of pet portraits I offer. Click the link below each one to view size and pricing options. Rest assured that each order, no matter how small or large, is treated with the same care and  customer service. 

Click the title below any of the portrait styles above to see pricing and size options for that style, or click here to go to my Etsy shop, which has them all on one page. As always, if you have any questions at all I'd be happy to answer them! Click here to send me a message. 

Realistic Dog Portraits from Photos

Recently I've posted a bit about my colorful pet portraits, but did you know that I also paint realistic dog portraits from photos (or cats, horses, you name it!)? I absolutely love to paint classical, elegant portraits of dogs, cats and other pets. 

If You are interested in having your pet's portrait painted from your photos in a beautiful, realistic style, please click here to view size and pricing options.

Here are a few samples of realistic dog and cat portraits I've completed for customers.

 

Custom Colorful Pet Portraits from Your Photos

If you like bold, colorful art which really makes a statement in your room, a colorful pet portrait could be just the right accent to bring in some vibrance and show your love for your very own fur-baby! These portraits also make a fantastic gift for the pet-lover in your life. They’re on-of-a-kind and absolutely beautiful.

Getting a custom portrait painted of your pet is fun, too. I have a wide variety of sizes available, which ensures that you’ll be able to pick just the right one for both your space and your price range. You pick your size, then send me photos of your pet and some information about his or her personality. Knowing this really helps that personality shine through in the painting.

After finding out if you have colors you use often in your home decor, or if there are any particular colors you’d like used in the painting, I’ll provide you with a sketch of your pet’s pose and positioning on the canvas, as well as a few color palette options from which you can choose.

After that, I’m off and running on your portrait! You’ll receive a photo of the completed portrait for your review prior to shipping, and then the next thing you know it’ll be at your doorstep.

If you’d like to have a custom colorful portrait painted of your pet, click here to go to my ordering page. I’m looking forward to working with you! 

 

 

Custom Pet Portraits – What type of portrait is right for you?

When you decide to have a portrait created of your pet, there are so many options it can be hard to know which style or type of portrait to choose! Would you want a realistic pet portrait, something symbolic and meaningful as a memorial of your pet, a bright and colorful pet portrait, a pop art pet portrait, or maybe something completely custom and unique, with you and your pet together in the portrait! 

I offer all of these options and more, painting pet portraits from your photos in a variety of styles and on a variety of mediums. 

Check out my store at artbyisadora.etsy.com to explore some of your pet portrait options! There are lots of great styles to choose from. 

In addition to the standard options in my shop, I can always create something completely custom, so please contact me if you don't see exactly what you're looking for in my shop! 

What style of pet portrait is right for you?

I offer a variety of styles of pet portrait paintings. Check out your options below to decide which style best suits you and your pet. Remember, every pet portrait commission is completely custom, so you can make requests as well!

Ordering a custom pet portrait is easy and fun. Click below each style to go to the ordering page. Then I'll walk you through the rest (hint: you send me photos of your pet and some information about his or her personality, and I take it from there!)

Colorful Custom Pet Portrait

This colorful pet portrait is painted on canvas, with as much or as little bold use of color as you'd like. These portraits tend to have a lot of energy and really brighten up a room.

Click here to order your colorful pet portrait.

Traditional Pet Portrait

My traditional pet portraits are painted with more of a "realism" style and are an elegant accent to any room. You can always request a few extra pops of color to be added to these portraits if you choose.

Click here to order your traditional pet portrait.

Day of the Dead Pet Portrait

I create these paintings with a fusion of my painting style with the amazingly beautiful Mexican Day of the Dead style for a truly unique piece of art featuring your beloved animal. It is a dreamy and surreal take on portraiture.

Click here to order your Day of the Dead pet portrait.

Day of the Dead Pet Portrait on Rice Paper

These sugar skull portraits are painted in more of a "tattoo" style, on beautiful, hand-made rice paper with a gorgeous emulsion of sea shell powder that gives it a lustrous surface. They include your pet's name in a banner as shown.

Click here to order your Day of the Dead pet portrait.

Day of the Dead Style Pet Memorial

Similar to the previous portrait, these are painted in a Day of the Dead style with your pet's name in a banner. The difference is that these are painted on canvas, so there are more size options, and the entire background is hand-painted with flower accents. This is a popular pet memorial painting.

Click here to order your Day of the Dead pet portrait.

Pet Portrait Painted from Photo – See the Transformation

Pet portraits painted from photos are much more than just a replica of the photo…

A customer recently told me that she wanted a portrait painted of her dog because the painting would be able to capture the essence of her dog, while a photo only captures a moment. I thought that was a really beautiful way to put it. When we got started on her custom portrait, she sent me photos, videos and lots of loving details about her dog, Pepper. I felt like when I got started on  even just the preliminary sketch work, I knew her dog and he was coming to life in front of me.
When I paint pet portraits from photos, I don't just ask you for the photo, paint what I see in the picture, and deliver it to you like a painted replica. There is so much more to it! Every portrait involves communication about your pet. What were his or her favorite things to do? What funny little habits did he or she have? What about your pet just absolutely captured your heart?   A pet portrait painted from a photo takes on a life of its own, inspired by your pet's heart and personality. I like to say that when I'm done, the portrait breathes with the life of your pet. Every brush stroke is painted with your pet's heart and soul in mind.

Below are a few samples of photos and the painted portrait that I created from them.

If you'd like a portrait painted of your own pet, click here to place your order.

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What Moms Want for Mother’s Day – Make it Unique with a Custom Portrait

Ideas for Mother's Day can be hard to come by sometimes. What do you get for the woman who raised you and continues to love you more than any other human being on the planet, despite everything we put our moms through over the years… I mean, let's be honest here. From writing on the walls to stomach bugs to broken vases, our moms have cleaned up after us and loved us through thick and thin! They deserve something really special on their special day.

Never fear, I have you covered!

Moms love something that is unique, made just for her. Order your mom a custom portrait of her favorite pet, or of her grandchildren. Next to you, there's nobody she loves more!

If time is getting tight, you can still do it! I offer gift certificates for my custom portraits as well, which allow your mom to be a part of the process as I create the portrait for her, with her input along the way. It's a fun process and again, something so unique she'll treasure it for years to come.