he following series shows how a portrait progresses from a photo to a concept sketch to the final finished piece. For some reason the true spirit of a dog comes through to a greater degree in a drawing or painting. My hope is to capture that spirit and give you a work of art to treasure as much as you do your pet.
commissioned work begins with you supplying a good photo taken at eye level without a flash. Try to fill the camera frame to capture as much detail as possible. Placing the dog on a picnic table or step with the sunlight to the side works nicely. If you have a dark dog try to have a light background; a light dog works well against a dark background. These contrasts help set off the animal. Try to get about five images--one being a pose you prefer. Other shots can emphasize details such as face close up, ears, eyes...
you get the picture.
If you are using a digital camera send a disc and I can work from that.
After I receive your pictures, I will proceed to a sketch which will be sent to you for approval. Upon approval, a deposit of 50% of the agreed upon fee should be sent along with any comments you might wish to make. After that I can work toward a finished painting. You will be notified of the approximate delivery date, generally about two months.
Upon completion you will be notified and arrangements can be made for shipping or pick up. Balance is due upon receipt of the finished portrait.
Do be mindful that colors shown in the website will vary from screen to screen.