Pet Portraits

Julie's portraits are created from reference photographs and are made from quality, professional artist's materials. Whether you prefer a colourful, contemporary look or something more formal and elegant she'll create a painting that is right for you and your pet. Prices start at $369 CDN for Oil Paintings. Please see pricing page for details Pen and Ink Drawings starting at $99 CDN. Check out Julie's finished works in the galleries and fill in the information below to send her a picture of your pet and receive your no-obligation quote.


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Taking Pictures of your Pet


To paint a great portrait of your pet I will require a quality photograph to work with. Sometimes your favorite photo won't be suitable for use because the qualities needed for portrait-painting were not considered. While you may already have an existing photograph that is suitable, it is more likely that you'll need to put in a little effort to get a great shot!



1) TURN OFF THE CAMERA FLASH! The flash bleaches out colour, eliminates the beautiful contrast between light and shadow. Turning it off also helps to avoid red-eye.



2) Ensure that your photos are clear, in focus, and taken at a HIGH-RESOLUTION. Pictures taken with your phone may not be good enough, unless it is a really good camera! To check your image, zoom in to your pet's face--if you see detail it's probably ok, but if you see PIXELS it probably won't work.



3) Get down to the pet's eye-level rather than standing and taking pictures of them as they look up to you from the floor. Position them on a couch or chair, or get down on the ground with them.



4) The easiest way to get good, low-tech lighting is to take them inside near a large window on a fairly bright day. Set up your pet so one side of them is pointed towards the window, the other away. By doing this, half your pet's face should be lit, while the other half is in shadow--ideal for painting. (Don't shoot towards the window or have your dog facing the window).



5) Outdoor photos will work best in morning or evening when the sun is low in the sky. Set your pet up so that half of their face is in light, the other in shadow. Avoid super-bright lighting conditions as it may bleach out or distort the detail in your pet's coat.



6) Think about the body-positioning of your pet and try to get a nice composition.



For more information about getting a great photo please contact me! If we are able to connect in person it may be possible for me to photograph your pet for portrait use.



Most Common Photo Problems


1) Photo blurry, image resolution too low. I need to be able to see details to paint them!



2) Animal too far away. If the animal takes up les than half of the photo-area there probably isn't enough detail, even if it's a high-resolution photograph.



3) Flat lighting. Having a gentle contrast between light and shadow is what makes a painting beautiful, and is required to make it interesting.



4) Too much contrast between light and shadow. If the lit area is bleached out and the shadow area is obscured by darkness there is no way of knowing your pet's coat true colour.



5) Poor composition. Your pet needs to be posed in a pleasing manner as I won't be able to change their positioning.