Pet & Horse Portraits

I offer custom Pet and Horse Portraits by commission drawn in pastel from your photographs.   At this moment I offer A4 and A3 sizes with a background colour of your choice.


How to commission a Pet Portrait

You are more than welcome to email me questions and images in order to discuss your requirements.

The photos are the most important part and I will only start a commission once I know we have a great photo to use as reference.  The best images to use are well lit, close-up and clear with lots of light in the eyes.  I would love to really capture the soulful eyes and therefor they are extremely important.  You can send me lots of images so we can really pick one that works.

Tips for photos for smaller pets:

  1.  Take the image from a good angle, level with the face and preferably not from above.  If you have to – make squeaky noises while sitting on the floor watching them, this usually gets their attention and makes for a pretty image.  Try the burst feature for a dog struggling to sit still!  I also find holding a treat in your hand while asking your dog to sit, yields great results – this is if he/she knows how to sit.  If we are only doing a portrait this can also work with an assistant holding your pet.
  2. The best light is usually from a big window – harsh sunlight can wash out the colours and make it difficult to see detail.  Don’t use flash – natural light is always more true in colour and flash can cause red-eye, making the image unusable. A 45 degree angle works well so we have the biggest part of the face in light and at least a little shadow to create depth.
  3. The closer, the better.  For an A4 I suggest literally a face and chest photo – I unfortunately can’t see enough detail in a photo where your pet is running outside 50m away.  Everything that I draw comes from your image, so the more and closer the better!

Tips for Horses:

  1. Horses have quite long faces, so taking a photo with a cellphone from close-up will distort their gorgeous faces.  In this case it is better to step back, get the chest and a little of the back in as well.  If you are using a camera, try standing a bit further away and zooming in, this will minimise distortion.
  2. Remember the light in the eyes – I want their eyes to really speak, so capturing the colour is important.  Don’t use flash – this will wash the colour out and lose the contrast we need.  I love their shiny coats too, so its not a bad idea to take an image out in the sun.  Just remember to  give them a good brush beforehand to get rid of dust (if your horse is anything like mine he is likely to have taken a roll right before you want to take a photo!)
  3. I do suggest an A3 size for horses to really capture the details and a sharp, in-focus image is key.  Remember that we want those ears pricked forward – quite often a funny sound from your phone can do the trick!

As I might have a waiting list for commissions we will then discuss a timeline for completion and you can either eft the 50% booking fee or I can send you a payment request via Payfast.  Your booking fee secures your spot on the waiting list and gives you some time to make sure we have the right photo before I start.  There is also a short commission contract to be signed that will have to be returned to me. I regularly post updates on Facebook and Instagram, so you can follow along on progress.  If it is a gift, please tell me and I will withhold progress images until the portrait is gifted.  I do also do some of my own work between commissions, so if its a gift or needs to be done by a certain date – please let me know!

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