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7 Guidelines For Painting A Pet – Complete Guide

Last Updated on February 17, 2022 by Dogs Vets

7 Guidelines For Painting A Pet

Considering painting your pet? Here are some great guidelines to help you do so.

Step 1: Choose A Suitable Photo

The very first thing that you need to do is select the best photo. I can help you with this process so that you can get an appropriate glamour shot of your pet that would look great as a painting.

We will work together to determine the best pose and shot that best represents the true personality and nature of your pet.

I will need to get a high quality photo taken at a good angle along with a good background. This is necessary so that there are no shadows, overly bright lights or other issues.

Be sure to read this post on how to take a great portrait photo of your furry friend, commission a professional .

Step 2: Select A Background

The great thing about custom art is that you don’t need to stick to the background of your pet’s photo that was selected in the previous step.

You can have any type of painted background that you desire. This means that you can choose just about any colored background that you prefer such as softer colors, the colors of your sports team, nature scenes, strong and vibrant colors etc.

That said, it is best to choose a background that goes well with the color of your pet’s fur.

This will make the photo stand out. You should consider colors that are complementary and opposite of one another on a color wheel. So, a good example of this is if you have a dog that is a yellow lab, a good color to choose for the background would be blue or deep purple. This will definitely highlight your pet and make them stand out.

In the event that you want to have a customized background such as a nature scene that shows off your favorite plant, symbol, clothing etc, then be sure to let me know asap. I won’t charge you any additional cost to do this since I absolutely want you love your painting.

Step 3: Composition And Cropping

At this point, here is where I take full control of the painting. I will utilize various image editing software so that I can crop and change the composition as needed until it looks perfect.

This is a very important step especially if I need to use many different pets from different photos and combine them into one photo.

This is usually required if you would like to have a painting done of all of your pets, however, you can’t manage get them to sit together and pose for the photo. This is fine and it is easy to use technology to combine many photos together to achieve the desired look.

Do note that I won’t be using Photoshop or other similar type of software in order to make the portrait. You can rest assured that it would be completely hand painted. I only use software to develop a modified image that I’ll use to help with the painting.

Step 4: Drawing

Once I have the reference photo, I’ll then use it to draw out an outline on the canvas using a pencil. According to the photo, I may choose to use graphite paper to trace your pet or even project the image onto the canvas so that I can have a guide to hand-draw your pet.

You may be wondering, why would I do this? It is sometimes necessary in order to get accurate proportions.

Remember, when I’m painting your yellow lab, I want to paint your dog and not just any generic yellow lab. This means that I would need to capture the unique poses and features of your pet such as a crooked smile, goofy tilt etc.

These are important nuances that need to be exact in the painting so that it truly represents your beloved pet.

Step 5: Painting

Once I’m done with my preparations, I can start painting. The first thing I’d do is paint the background and then once that is finished, I’ll paint your pet over the background. This is a common strategy and you may have seen it if you ever watched any Bob Ross videos.

Many people often want to know how I paint the pet faces since I achieve very life-like expressions. This is a common question since the painting is meant as a tribute to their furry family member.

In order to achieve such a life-like effect, I usually start by painting the eyes of the pet first. This is because the eyes truly show the soul of the animal.

Once I spend as much time as possible perfecting the eyes, then I paint the nose and ears. This makes the pet come to life and truly captures their essence.

I always have the photo available as a reference as I paint so that the end painting is a perfect match.

Step 6: Approval

In this step, you’ll be able to view the finished painting so that you can review it and give it your approval. At this point, you can request small changes so that the painting would be perfect.

Step 7: Shipping

After you’ve given your final approval, I will package and ship the painting to you. I use UPS Ground for shipping which means that it won’t take long for you to receive it.

I also use acrylic paint for my paintings which dries quickly. This means I won’t need to wait too long before I can ship it to you.

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