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Is it worth paying more for "Oils"? when I am commissioning a pet portrait?

Is it worth paying more for "Oils"? when I am commissioning a pet portrait?

The long answer to this question would concern such factors as lighting, hues and depth high-brow renaissance artifices such as chiaroscuro, contrapposto & sfumato.

The short answer is "YES" or "DEFINITELY" !!!

Take a look at some of our examples below, to see what you think

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If you can see the beauty in Oils, you are not alone, the colours, lighting, depth and beauty are staggering, a drawing is always going to be more flat and lack depth and thereby convey less realism. Our brains see in colour and we even dream in colour (not black and white), so to really capture the heart and soul of your favourite pet you need to commission it in oils.

But if you don't have the budget then you can always chose a dog drawing instead.

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It's entirely your choice, but oil paintings are better , HINT, HINT!

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Three dogs are better than one!

Three dogs are better than one!

Checkout this nice little tryptych of three dogs in charcoals, strictly speaking it is not a three panel tryptych, but we like to think of ourselves as renaissance masters like Giotto!!

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Checkout our other blog for the original photos, the middle one is was really tricky, but we got him in!

If you want a composition like this for your dog portraits, just contact us at the website or on facebook.

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Do you do abstract pet portraits?

Do you do abstract pet portraits?

We don't get asked very often to do abstract pet portraits or specially themed types of paintings as we specialise in pet portraits or horse drawings and dog drawings and occasionally the odd cat portrait or other types of painting for animals.

However here is one we did recently which the customer loved, check it out and see if you like tit, the customer asked for "splat" style...

 

And here is the photo we worked from

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The eyes are the "windows" to the soul, secrets of great pet portraits

The eyes are the "windows" to the soul, secrets of great pet portraits

If there is one secret to a truly great pet portrait, it is getting the eyes right, why is this so?

The answer is all down to our unique relationship with animals and the way human beings function, an oil painting is a visual feast for the viewer, there are so many features to appreciate, ranging from the sublime details of colour and lighting and shading, together with less obvious such as depth, background and saturation.

But the real secret is that an oil painting should evoke our innermost feelings and emotions, and that is what distinguishes it from the average photograph or polaroid image, the true beauty of a great oil painting is in capturing the heart and essence of the pet, it's innate sense of calm and regality, the true hallmarks of great pet portrait.

The eyes are normally the first feature which we notice, they convey emotional state, character and the intrinsic personality, open of the "tricks of the trade" our artist utilise, is to give the iris more colour and depth than might be true in reality, the effect is really subtle to be as almost unnoticeable, the eyes may also be made slightly larger than is the case in reality, again the change is almost imperceptible, check out this drawing below and compare it to the photo, can you see the left eye has actually been pointed forward so you can gaze into it's sweet eyes? on the photo you could not see the eye properly, if this had been drawn into the picture then the viewer would have had less connection with their pet, any emotional distancing is not good, and so the artist reconfigured the eye whilst still keeping the naturalistic expression of the dog in pose.

 

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Now here is the drawing below

 

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Can you see the eyes of this dog, what does it tell you?

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Can you work with bad photos on a pet portrait or dog portrait?

Can you work with bad photos on a pet portrait or dog portrait?

We prefer really good photos if we can get them, however if you want it as a secret gift then maybe it is tricky for you to get great photos

So here is an example of where we had to work from poor photos. See what you think of the pet portrait, actually it is not one of our best examples, but we are still proud of what we achieved based upon the photos. However, we want to be really honest with you.....the best photos will result in the best results for you.

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Actually this was nice photo!

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This wasn't too bad either

 

But this was the photo that was really tricky

 

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So we asked for another one...

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and that is him in the middle, so that is all we had to go with....

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overall the customer is very happy and that is all that matters :)

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How do I care for my pet portrait- DETAILED BLOG on pet oil paintings

How do I care for my pet portrait- DETAILED BLOG on pet oil paintings

If you're an artist yourself, you won't need to read this as you will probably already know it all!!

This little bit of information is to give first-time art buyers a good understanding of how to take care of the original oil paintings they have purchased and chosen to live with. Believe it or not, most non-artists are unaware that art needs special care and cannot be treated as a piece of furniture might be treated! Please note the oil paint can take upto 6 months to fully dry out after painting.

Whenever someone buys one of my paintings at portrait-pets, I try to explain to them the basics of caring for the work, and offer to be available any time they have a question or need assistance with its preservation. After all, I care very much about the well-being of my work. My paintings remain as personal and dear to me when they are purchased as they were the day I created them. Art collectors should always keep in mind that this is how artists feel about their work, and that art is more than just a commodity. It is a piece of the artist's soul.

Here are just a few basic rules:

(For those of you who already know these things, Yippee! This is not for you. These instructions will sound very simplistic, nevertheless I have met many people who actually don't know these things.)

1. Never lean the front or back surface of a stretched canvas on a pointed or sharp object, no matter how small. This will leave a dent that will disfigure your work. If you must lean it against something, lean it on the wood of its stretcher bars so that nothing presses against the canvas.

2. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will fade the colors in your oil painting. Please be aware of this when choosing a location for your work.

3. You might want to dust your painting regularly, so that a thick layer of dust does not build up which will dry out the paint and possibly result in cracking and peeling. Do not spray anything (like pledge!) on the work. Dust with a soft, dry cloth. If the surface of your painting looks dry and dull, you may want to have it varnished. Most artists will offer to varnish the work, if they haven't done so already, at a new owner's request and free of charge. Varnish is a protective surface which will not only enhance the image, but will keep the surface intact and safe from cracking (except under extreme circumstances, of course).

4. If you must transport the work, lay a flat piece of cardboard, mat board or similar firm material over the front and back surfaces, and then wrap it in bubble wrap or styrofoam wrap. Try not to keep it wrapped up for too long as to avoid moisture buildup which might cause damage to the work.

5. Never expose your painting to extreme heat, extreme cold, or to extreme humidity. (Yes - this means a flood. Yes - this means a fire. Yes - this means snow. This could also mean an attic in the summer or a damp basement).

6. If something bad happens to the work (i.e. it crashes down on someone's head and gets a big gash in it), bring it to a professional conservator who can fix it properly. Don't do it yourself!

7. If you ever need or want to get rid of the work for any reason, always contact us, who should be informed of the work's new whereabouts so he or she can update the work's provenance records.

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Super happy customer- dog drawing delights the whole family

Super happy customer- dog drawing delights the whole family

Just a short blog post on another super dog drawing, where the customer was so delighted they wrote us a review

"Thank you so much for this, we are all so impressed and super blown away by this drawing of Kaiya.  It is AMAZING.  The artist has captured her intelligence and beauty."

And we would wholeheartedly agree! checkout the dog drawing below and actual photo fo comparison

And here is the actual photo

 

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Finally, here is one of Kaiya, chillin' out with her new dog portrait, it's a  dog's life!

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Do you ever practice pet portraits on your own dogs?

Do you ever practice pet portraits on your own dogs?

Yes we do sometimes, mostly we are too busy, but here is one of my own, he is a very handsome pooch!

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and here s the photo

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Who are portrait pets?

Who are portrait pets?

We create gorgeous, lovable pet portraits for your favourite pooch, horse or cat, we can capture the heart and soul of your wonderful animal, we hand paint or draw your pet from a special photograph that you send us, you can rely upon us to create a superb and memorable portrait of your lovable pet that you can cherish for years to come. 

We can also create an oil painting of your dog or cat as a Five Star General, as a Swashbuckling Pirate or any special costume for that added touch of humour!! We are equally happy working in oils or pencil as we have years of experience in creating unique forms of art.

We are fast, reliable and responsive and we have excellent five star reviews from all of our customers. We also offer a 100% money-back guarantee if for any reason you are unhappy, so you can purchase without risk, although we have never had to make a refund!!

Our Artists are Passionate about what they do,  and this passion is transferred to canvas, we take great pride in our work and fulfilling the happiness of pet owners, we are committed to capturing the quintessence of your beloved pet, we are a working collective of three artists Kittidet Pannasri (oil paintings and pencil portraits), Emily Kwok(oil paintings and pencil portraits) and Jeremy Thomas (pencil portraits and website) with over 45 years of experience of Fine Art and Portraits.

We love our work and we love animals, we are all pet owners ourselves and so we understand what makes them special and unique.

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Are pet portraits expensive?

Are pet portraits expensive?

Phew! we have heard that one before from customers, let's put paid to this old myth, an oil painting of your pet will last for centuries and is a unique and beautiful portrayal of one of your most prized possessions. 

The cost is a couple of hundred pounds, compare this with the cost of other works of fine art, none of which have been hand painted your own pet.

What's more all our commissions come with a 100% no quibble money-back guarantee if you don't like it for any reason, NONE of our customers have have every claimed on the guarantee.

You can also pass it onto your children or inheritors tax-free and it is also exempt from capital gains tax if you sell it (as a chattel), so what is not to like? :)

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