Commissioning a Pet Portait
If you live in or near Toronto, a meeting with you and your pet is the ideal way to gather reference material such as photos and initial sketches. There is no charge for this meeting, although there may be travel expenses depending on distance.
In the case of long distance you can send high quality digital and/or hard copy photos. They should be clear, in focus, and printed photos should be no smaller than 5x7".
How to Photograph your Pet
The quality of the photos is important. Lighting is of primary concern, so that as many details as possible can be captured. A bright overcast day is the best condition in which to take reference photos. It minimizes harsh shadows. Natural light is preferred over indoor flash. The full body should be shown from several angles, front, side and three-quarters. A closeup of the head would be very useful. Photos should be done from the pet's eye level. You may already have a favourite photo that you would like to use as a reference.
If your pet is no longer living, it will be necessary to use any available photographs. I have done a number of paintings of deceased pets and horses with very good results.
The following process are guidelines for oil portraits of one subject. Prices may vary depending go the particulars of the painting, including complexity and number of subjects. If you live in Ontario, HST is applicable.
Other sizes available upon request.