Custom Pet Painting Photo Selection Tips

Coming up with a photo for custom pet paintings can be hard, to say the least. After all, which of your favorite images is going to reveal your dog or cat in the best possible light? Which picture is going to show the real personality of your best pal?

While some people know, without the need to think about it, which photograph is the one they want, some people don’t. Thus, it is helpful to have a large number of images for the artist to inspect. In an extreme situation the artist can draw from a number of pics to ‘compile’ or put together custom pet portraits.

The first rule when selecting a photo for an artist to work from, then, is never throw away an old Kodak of your pet. And, make sure you have the complete selection on hand for the artist to use. Even an old pet drawing your child might have made might have some use to the painter.

This rule, of not throwing away any photograph, applies to every image you might possess. Okay, the fur shading might not be fantastic in one pic, but the pose might be great. So you pick a good pose, and use the fur shading from another jpeg.

One of the things an artist will always look for is whether the eyes are clean and clear. A far away and fuzzy shot might not show perfectly, crisp eyes, but another photo might do the trick. This is a classic case of two images being brought together to make the perfect blend which results in the best possible painting of your buddy.

Here are a few things I have found useful over my years of painting. A picture of a pet with a son or daughter in it…it is possible to ‘delete’ the child and focus on that loving look in your cat or dog’s eyes. Or, a distant photo, when zoomed and cropped for a close up, might reveal enough detail for the artist.

Another thing that frequently comes up is an off center image. With today’s wonderful computers one can easily center and focus. This makes a photo that the owner might not think useful to actually have extreme value.

To bring this subject to a close, look for the best picture you can. In the event that you don’t have one that displays your furry pal in the best way, choose a couple shots and send them along to the artist. And, most important, always send copies, don’t send the original image for the painter to make your custom pet paintings with.

10 Tips For a Successful Portrait Painting From a Photo

1. It’s important to choose a photo that you love. If it is a photo you are “emotionally” connected with, it will make a great painting. Keep in mind: The better the photo the better the painting. Shadowy photos make excellent paintings as well.

2. Find an artist by Googling phrases like: “photo-painting”, “Photo to Painting” or “Custom Photos to Portraits”. Look at several pages and sites noting the quality, cost and procedures of the artist.

3. Pick an artist whose work you appreciate and who draws you emotionally into their work. Do they express personality in their paintings? Check out their “gallery” online. When you choose an artist let them know the type of their paintings you are drawn to and what you like about them so they gain a deeper insight into your particular artistic tastes and styles. They can incorporate your artistic flare into your painting.

4. Request a quote, giving them as much information you can about what you want painted from your photo. This request should be FREE of charge.

5. Ask if adjustments and changes can be made to the photo without charge. Perhaps background changes, deleting unwanted items or people, changing color…etc.

6. Determine what kind of portrait style you are looking for: realistic or impressionistic. It helps to give the painter examples of the “look” you are hoping to incorporate in your painting. Be thinking about background styles as well.

7. What kind of art medium does the artist use? Acrylic, Oils or Pastels. Keep in mind that “pastels” do not mean that your painting will be necessary “light in color or lacking vibrancy”. Pastels contain the exact same pigment as any other paint but the binder is different. Pastels are a great choice if you are looking for lasting quality.

8. If the artist is using a photo as a reference, it is helpful to fill them in on the personality of the person they will be painting, such as: hobbies, likes & dislikes, etc.

9. Make sure you understand the procedure and total cost for the painting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about any “hidden costs”.

10. When you view the finished painting, understand that adjustments can be made and most artists are anxious to please you.