The Art of Pet Portraits
There is something very personal about pet portraits and like human portraits they are a test of the artist’s skills. For any artist or illustrator to create figurative art, be it a human or an animal, in some detail, is an enjoyable and engaging excercise tempered only by the artist’s own expectations and satisfaction with the end result. When it is a commissioned portrait however, there is the added pressure of the work being judged not only on professional rendering but also on the added factor of likeness. An artwork depicting a cocker spaniel might look great to the casual observer but for the commissioner of the artwork it has to look like their beloved “Poppy” or the piece is a failure. Thankfully, to date, I have never had any rejected on that basis.