Are you looking for an animal lover gift that will be remembered and appreciated all year long? An original pet portrait is the ideal gift. It is also a very thoughtful gift for those who have lost a loved pet. Ordering an original pet portrait is a way to memorialize a pet that has passed away.
Pet portraits are available by artists who work with oils, pastels, acrylics, graphite, and professional colored pencils. Colored pencil portraits are beautiful and practical as Christmas gifts. They are usually a smaller size than an oil or acrylic painting, coming in anywhere from trading card size or ACEO which stands for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”. These cards are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches – the size of a trading card. The ACEO portraits in colored pencil are very popular as gifts. They can be collected in any trading card binder. They are an inexpensive way to get an original artwork for a fraction of the price. What also makes them collectible is that you can have different poses of the same pet on different cards. You aren’t tied down to deciding on one pose for a pet portrait, when you could have two or three original paintings done on the ACEO.
All you need to have an original pet portrait created is a quality photograph of the pet. The artist will take it from there. Try to get a nice detailed photo of the pet. There are some great tips for taking a photograph of your pet that will really bring out its personality, here. Once you have one or two photos, you upload them directly to the artist or send them in an email. The artist will probably ask you a few questions about the background for the painting. Each artist usually has a favorite medium they are expert at, so choose an artist who works with your favorite medium.
Prices will vary depending upon the artist. The more well known the artist is, the more expensive. There are many artists out there who do beautiful work, but are unknown. Usually, they are willing to work at a less expensive rate. Don’t reject an artist just because he or she is not Michaelangelo! You’d be amazed at the talented artists out there who paint wonderful pieces of art just for the love of it.
Etsy is a website that sells all kinds of arts and crafts. They also have many artists who display their works here. You can order original pet portraits directly from the artists on this site. There are many stunning pet portraits on Etsy and you can get in touch with the artists directly for personalized pet portraits. Take a look at this stunning portrait of a Maine Coon cat. The portrait is painted in colored pencil, yet it looks like it was painted with oils.
There are too many artists to list here who do pet portraits. Just google it and I’m sure you can find exactly the type of artist you would like. So, for the animal lover in your family, consider having an original pet portrait created in ACEO, 5X7, 8X10 or any other size you would like.