Choosing the shape and size of your commissioned portrait is a step that we can work on together. The prices are based upon canvas size and the number of animals to be included in the painting. The prices at the right are for one face per canvas. If you are planning to have multiple pets in the same canvas, ADD 30% PER FACE to the costs shown in the chart.
You can email me many images (in jpg form) that you love of your pet. I will look at them with the eye of what will work best for a painting, send back many crops/designs and different formats (square or vertical or horizontal) of the best photos and you will choose your favorite. Now you will decide on the size of your canvas.
Keep in mind, these are 1.5" deep gallery canvasses that are painted on all sides. They are meant to hang in all of their 3d glory, unframed. So, remember the space you want to fill will only be the canvas, no frame. And, you will save hundreds by not having to frame. It is wise to err on the size of larger, rather than smaller. In my style of painting, I don't shrink down animals, so choose a canvas that will allow your photo to be 'life size', or larger. For example, an 8x8 is appropriate for a cat's head or a very small dog's head. But if you want more body, the canvas should grow from that. 12x12 is the smallest size appropriate for a Lab, or Golden. Take a ruler out and really see how big these canvasses are. Let the pet's head size determine the smallest size the canvas should be.
If you are commissioning a memorial painting of a pet we will work with whatever images you have. I have done memorial paintings from old drug store prints and even old black and white prints! So, don't think it can't be done. It will be wonderful.
On the other hand, if you have the opportunity to make images just for this painting, here are some tried and true tips that I request for the best result:
1. Use natural light NO FLASH. The fur and face as it is shown in sunshine or a side window light makes for beautiful shaping, color and shine in the eyes. Flash photography flattens features and adds an unnatural quality to the fur and eyes.
2. If you can, get down on their level and look into their faces. This helps them to fill the canvas with their true stature and shape.
3. Try to have them look into the lens. Eye contact is usually desired, although I have done some wonderful paintings with sidelong gazes.
4. Use a camera that can provide a quality sized image. Most phone cameras do not work well. An exception is the high level capture of an iphone. Basically the larger the file, the better the image and the more detail I can pull from in painting. Therefore, shoot with the best camera you can, and send me the largest files you can. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to have me do the photography, I will do so for a nominal fee.