PET PORTRAITS – OVERVIEW
Capturing the innocence and beauty of a child’s face can make for a spectacular portrait. Their big bright eyes, cheeky smiles and fun personalities, when drawn well…
Obviously in history, artists would draw or paint the subject in a life drawing situation, live in front of them, as time has passed by artists would then do quick studies of the more complex areas of the subject, which they would then translate to the canvas. Nowadays with the use of modern technology, we can capture any subject or scene perfectly, that we can then use as reference for our drawings and painting. Using photos, whether that be digital or the physical prints for reference, has been the way artists have translated life to paper and canvas for years.
CAPTURING THE PERFECT PHOTO FOR YOUR PET PORTRAIT – DIGITALLY
Modern technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and shows no signs of slowing, year on year the technology in phone cameras and digital cameras has become so well defined, capturing the perfect image through a lens has never been easier, delivering amazing results. With this in mind capturing the perfect pet portrait can stil take a little planning and organising. Capturing a portrait of your dog or cat with a camera, dependent on the breed, can be somewhat of a challenge. For the more lively breeds almost impossible, but with the assistance of the latest tech is easier than its ever been.
If you have one of the more lively breeds of pets, it may be worth tiring them out first with their favourite toy or a long walk, this will help when you just want to have them sit or laid down in order to capture them on camera. The bonues with digital cameras, phone or SLR, is you can snap away to your hearts content, taking literally hundreds of shots, and once you have done that, you can sit back and review them afterwards, and I can guarantee you will have caught some amazing pictures.
When your photographing your pet, try and shoot them in different lighting conditions, indoors, outdoors, with spot lighting etc, you will get a really good variety of images this way. Each image will highlight different aspects of them emphasising their fur, dazzling eyes, or a cute aspect their appearance.
PET PORTRAITS USING A PHONE CAMERA
This is probably the quickest and easiest way to capture some great photos of your pets. Most people are never more than arms length away from their phone, so when your sat in the evening relaxing watching tv or chatting, that may be the perfect moment when your pet is looking at its most relaxed and cutest. The phone cameras of today are also one of the cheapest ways to get some great photos. Cameras nowadays have two and three seperate lenses to help capture every detail of your pet for me to use as the perfect reference for your pet pencil drawing. Capturing this level of detail in a photo will translate to a highly photorealistic drawing once I commence work on the artwork. I capture the finest of detail and if the reference is extremely clear this will only be emphasised when created at a pencil drawing.
PET PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS USING AN DIGITAL SLR CAMERA
Using a digital camera is the more professional approach and in some respects can have a slight advantage over phone cameras. They are slightly more versatile in terms of the settings and can make the more compromised scenarios, such as dark spaces, easier to capture a good image of. If you are using a digital SLR, you may also use light meters and lighting units, this is a far more professional approach with more often than not professional results.
PET PORTRAIT TYPES
DOG PORTRAITS –
This has to be my most popular type of pet portrait ordered, and as a nation of dog lovers with over 9 million in the UK its no big suprise. Capturing the perfect pet portrait of your dog can make for a wonderful piece of artwork that will be a lasting memory of your best friend. A lot of pet portraits I undertake are quite often the standard type of pose, the dog sat cute looking towards the camera. That said I have done some of dogs running or doing agility, quite often to refelct the true personality and breed of the dog. Looking through the photos you have, you may have that one special picture that captures your dogs personality, with an adorning look of love and devotion towards you that melts your heart, or just one that everytime you look at it makes you smile and evokes great memories. Whichever it is, I will be happy to talk over things with you to help capture the perfect pet portrait of your dog.
CAT PORTRAITS –
Another popular type of pet portrait, the trusty feline freind. As with dogs there are a great many breeds of cat, all with their own characteristics and physical traits. From the popular tabby cat through to the mancoon, I have done many pet portraits of cats, all with their own individual character reflected through the portrait drawing. If photographing a new pose in some respects it may be easier to catch the perfect shot of your cat as they can be a little more rested than the average pet dog. You may have a whole bank of favourte photos, maybe 2-3 you would like combining into a pet portrait, thats no problem, sometimes pet owners can’t choose that one photo that says everything about their feline freind. Get in touch I will be happy to talk over things with you, and I can guarantee we will create the perfect pet portrait of your cat.
HORSE PORTRAITS –
A typical pet portrait of your horse can have a variety of scenarios, maybe just a head and neck shot close up to show its wonderful face and character. Maybe its one of the horse grazing in a colourful field, relaxing with a wonderful landscape surrounding it. Or maybe its an action shot of you or someone riding the horse, at a jumping event or just on a leisurely ride? Whichever choice of picture you choose all horse portraits have a very regal appearance, reflecting the strength and prowess of the wonderful animal.
PORTRAIT DRAWING IN COLOURED PENCIL
Unlike with oils or other mediums I find using high quality pencil crayons allows me to capture smallest of detail and give an extremely photorealistic finish to all my pet portraits. As I work on an iPad i can zoom into the reference photo to 300% allowing me to focus on the smallest details as individual hairs, using
pencil crayon lets me translate this very accurately to create a pet portrait that has over the years become a style I am recognised by.
PET PORTRAITS – HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE?
This varies slightly dependent on what size and style you would like for your pet portrait. As a rough gauge it can take between 2-8 weeks, obviously the more detailed and complex the compostion the longer it may take, but if you are opting for a isolated pet portrait, maybe of a cat or dog front on at A3 in full colour, this can be achieved in 2 weeks. Please give me a call in the first instance to discuss things as my order book does get quite full at certain times of the year so lead times may be longer.