If you have a pet, you probably enjoy showing them off to everyone who visits your home. You can also display your beloved pet to visitors by creating a custom portrait or other form of artwork to hang in your home. This is a great way to showcase your love for the furry creature who has become a cherished member of your family. It can be difficult to choose the best way to create custom pet art, so we will be walking through the process together.
Why Create Custom Pet Art?
Some people may not quite understand the appeal of having custom pet art, but there are many reasons to invest in it. The first reason relates to sentimentality. If a pet is getting older or has just passed, it is a touching way to memorialize their memory and keep them alive in your hearts.
The second reason to get this artwork is to give it as a gift. It can be a fun way to show your friends or family members how much you care about important things in their lives. A custom pet portrait is the type of thing that a pet owner would love but wouldn’t necessarily think of getting for themselves.
The third reason is that you should get one if it makes you happy! It can be nice to see your pet represented in such a professional manner. It is also an easy way to show off your pet to visitors who come over.
What to Consider First?
First, you will need to think about what type of painting you want to get. There are various mediums to choose from, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and oil paintings. If you want more of a rustic older look for your painting, you could consider using oil as the medium, as it would feel more authentic as well. The other options would be better for a more modern style of artwork. If you want a colorful portrait, you would likely go for watercolor, as that medium would pop the most.
The size is another aspect that you should consider. Many businesses provide several different size options to choose from when it comes to pet portraits. Typically, they will range in size from 8” x 10” to 48” x 72”. However, you can usually work with the artists if you are looking for a custom size. Keep in mind the area of space in your home that you have to work with. If you have only a small portion of wall space free, do not get a too big size to fit.
Finally, you should think about which photo you are submitting. The photo that you select needs to be high enough resolution for the artist to work with. Sometimes the artist will request that you send multiple photos of all the pet’s different angles. This will make it easier for them to understand your pet’s true size and weight. If there are multiple pets in the photo, you will probably need to buy a larger canvas to accommodate all of them comfortably.
How to Select an Artist?
One of the most important decisions is which artist you will be working with. Their style should match with the vision that you have in your head. If you prefer, you could work with a company that will select an artist for you. Otherwise, you could browse through different portfolios and then request a specific artist. If you prefer to work with an individual artist rather than a company, it may take more time to match with someone. However, it will be easier to communicate with an individual, and they may be more flexible on pricing.
If you are leaning towards working with an individual, try using Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace that shows all the artists who provide a particular service. You can click on someone’s profile and browse photos of their previous work.
Additional Perks to Watch For
Some artists offer extra bonuses if you work with them. Some examples of this include:
- Multiple framing options
- Free shipping
- Free revisions
- The ability to review proofs before confirming an order
- 100% money-back guarantee
- Only partial upfront deposit
Ability to create a payment plan