The Artist's Process
I will always start with a main photo, and customize from there. When more than two pets are involved I can combine photos. When there's a custom background involved, you can either submit a photo if you have something specific in mind, or simply talk to me about your ideas and I will produce a mockup rendering for you to approve before the painting process begins.
There are several steps to my process: the initial sketch done in pencil, the first layers of paint, which give me an initial framework and generally ends up looking like a 2D rendering of the painting, and every other layer of paint after that, where shadows, highlights, and details come in to form the final 3D piece.
Below are pictures of paintings I've done along with progress pics showing the different sages in my process. I always provide progress photos along the way because I think it's fun for people to see what a painting starts out as, and how it progresses to its final stages! This way you get to feel like you're a part of the process!
This is Bunny. I was asked to paint Bunny against a solid blue background.
This is Montana. I was asked to paint him against a snowy background.
This is Stewart and Eva. I was provided with the two pictures above and asked to combine them.
This is Pippa. I was asked to paint Pippa against a solid green background.
This is Beane. He's my dog!
Charles and Chipper. This is an example of combining two photos into one painting.
This is Ajax!
This is Buddy :-) His dad wanted a painting of buddy by a tree and next to hole because Buddy loves to dig so much!
Two separate portraits of these pups were ordered, each with their own solid colored background. I chose colors that I thought were most fitting.
I wouldn't recommend a picture that is dark and blurry like this one is but I managed to pull details from a set of other photos that the owner sent me. A few minor adjustments were asked of me, as you'll notice :-)
This sweet little pup was commissioned by a Realtor who wanted to give a super memorable closing gift to his client.
For this one, I was asked to use the first photo (laying down) but pull details of the face from the first photo since it's hard to see them in the primary photo
This is a combination of the first photo, with the raincoat in the second photo.
This is a straightforward portrait with the owner's favorite color in the background:
This is a straightforward portrait of an aging little cutie:
These dogs spend a lot of time with their owner outdoors, and in their back yard:
This is just a straightforward portrait of the owner's favorite picture with an interpretation of the background:
This French bulldog's owners are from New Orleans and the dog's name is "Boudin," a french sausage. 'Nuff said!
This a huge 3' x 4' portrait of the kids with their dog, done as a gift from a husband to his wife:
This new little pup's name is Maple :-)
This was painted as a wedding gift; the dog is featured on her favorite blanket:
Reflection of Chicago skyline in the eye - Ask me about painting YOUR pet with this design or any other reflection in the eye!
This dog was painted as a gift to the owners of MK Restaurant in Chicago:
This dog's favorite toy was incorporated into the background:
This was a commemorative painting done for an owner whose dog recently passed away:
This owner told me her cat was always by her food bowl! "Manger" means "Eat" in French:
This dog's owners are an accountant and an artist; I was asked to incorporate these two things:
This dog's owner is a HUGE Cubs fan - I was asked to somehow incorporate this into the painting:
This dog's owner is a fan of Mexican art and teaches a course on the subject; I was also asked to age the dog since the photo was older:
This dog and his owner used to live in Hawaii, where the picture was taken:
This cat's favorite toy is a small mouse:
These dogs love to sunbathe on the deck! The white dog had recently passed so this was partly commemorative in nature:
I was asked to incorporate the dog's favorite blanket in the background so I used part of the pattern for the blanket:
These owners love to take their dog by the lake:
This was a commemorative painting done for a woman whose dog had recently passed:
No preference of background was given for this portrait; the owner just wanted something abstract:
The owner's favorite color is green, and she simply wanted a green background:
No suggestion for background was given, but this owner's favorite color is orange:
This is my dog! First portrait I ever did!
This was a gift to a woman who loved her Sheltie!
This little cutie was painted as a birthday gift: