| I have tried here to give some guidelines that would
help achieve the best results
should you decide to commission a portrait of your pet.
Obviously the better or more detailed the reference material/photo the easier
it is for me to create a painting that you are completely happy with, a painting
that you will love in ten years as much as the first time you saw it.
| Choosing Your Photographs
Start by gathering all of the photographs that you or even a friend may have
taken of your pet, it’s very likely that only a few of these photographs will
be suitable to use as reference material. Pick at least one photo that expresses
a pose that best suites your pet’s character, the pose you would like to see
in the painting. Even if the photograph isn’t the sharpest it could be used as
the basis for the painting. Then pick out all those with as much detail as possible,
close-ups of the head, nose, ears and most importantly the eyes.
Taking Reference Photos
As I said previously, the better the reference material the easier for me to create
a portrait you will be completely happy with. You may choose to take new or
additional photographs of your pet, so here are a few things to consider:
1. Take lots of pictures, even professional photographers take lots of shots
to get just one good one. Make sure you take at least one in the pose you would
best like to see your pet in the painting.
2. It’s been my experience that most pets don’t like cameras pointed at them,
particularly our feline friends, so use the zoom feature on your camera as
much as possible.
3. If possible try to take some of the photos using natural light,
outside or next to a window.
4. Try to take a few shots from the eye level of your pet.
Once you have all your photos you can e-mail them to me if they are digital
or get prints made and mail them. I will ensure that your prints will be
returned after completion of the painting.
Choosing a Background
You will need to decide on what type of background you would like the portrait
to have. There are a few things to consider in choosing a background,
for example, the pose you choose may not lend itself to a complex background,
or you may want something more neutral to blend more easily with your home
decor, and a more complex background would affect the price.
Most portraits I’ve done tend to work well with a plain white or textured
colored background To help with this decision, I’ve shown a few examples.
| The first option is to use the white paper
or a Vignette where the image blends
gradually into the background.
| The next example uses a textured colored
background, as you can see; we can
achieve some dramatic effects using
| Finally you may choose a background
where your pet is sitting on his or her
favourite chair, similar to the example
shown here, in which case you may have to
provide additional photos showing details
of the background you would like to see.