Pet Portrait Would you like a portrait created of your favorite pet? The first thing to do is – find a photograph of your pet that you’d like to use for the portrait. Decide on the medium, graphite pencil or oil and the support (if it’s oil, you have the option of a canvas, canvas board or paper). Pet portraits make wonderful gifts for either a birthday or Christmas present.

What Type of Photo to Send Send a photo that’s fairly large and close up, so that the artist can see enough DETAIL within the face. The best photos are those that can be enlarged to the same scale as the portrait the artist is working on without the photo becoming too unclear or blurry. Then, the artist will have enough detail to make a good portrait. Photos taken on a digital camera (and ideally emailed straight through to the artist) are ideal, but some artists also accept photos taken on phone cameras as long as they are sharp and give as much detail as possible. Daylight is always best as photos taken in artificial light may be grainy. If you only have a printed photo and not a digital file, please send them to the artist to see the quality.  Please go to commissioning a portrait to read more information on photo advice. You’ll also find answers in the FAQ page.