The bond we have with our pets is deeper than words can describe. Just one quick glance into your dog’s eyes and you know exactly what they’re thinking.
The same goes for our whiskered feline friends, although they can be a tad more mysterious.
With such a unique bond between person and pet, it’s no wonder that custom pet portraits are becoming more and more popular–both as gifts and a way to celebrate your best friend.
If you are looking to capture your pet in an artistic and accurate way, a portrait is a perfect choice.
This company truly gets tails wagging, cats purring, and pet parents beaming with joy. They’re pet people, so they know how to capture the essence of what makes your pet unique. With a clean, simple, digital illustration with a modern flair, your pet’s portrait will be a timeless artwork that you will cherish for years and years to come. All you have to do is glance over their image guidelines (you want a clear, unfiltered, well-lit photo of our pet’s head) and upload the photo. Then their artists digitally illustrate your pet, frame your piece, and ship it within one to two weeks after ordering.
Want a complete family portrait? They do that, too. When it comes to picture-purrfect, check out West & Willow!
Product possibilities and style options: Modern pet portraits with a pink, white, or gray background on high-quality poster paper, framed in white or black, or unframed. Sizes include 8” x 10”, 12” x 16”, or 18” x 24”.
When your beloved beast deserves a custom, hand-painted portrait, Splendid Beast is happy to oblige. They’ll produce a vivid scene from your custom photo, or choose from their most popular backgrounds. They even have a ‘go wild’ option where you can describe your own unique scene.
Just select a background, upload 5 photos of your pet, wait for your digital proof, and POOF! – it’s ready to ship after your approval.
Product possibilities and style options: 12” x 16” or 18” x 24” (or bigger–ask about their huge canvas options), oil on canvas. They create a wide variety of styles in full color or black and white. You can choose to have your pet’s painting gallery wrapped, framed, or rolled.
iLovePaws creates pet portraits that really pop. Their modern, Warhol-esque style adds a splash of color to whichever room you choose to hang this stunning artwork. They also offer a preview of the portrait and change requests before they print. If you have a big pet family, that’s ok, too. iLovePaws will put up to six pets into one portrait (good luck getting them all to corporate for the photo session, though).
The ordering process is super simple. Just upload a clear photo of your pet (it can be just face or full body), pick a background color, review and approve the portraits, and your package is on its way!
Product possibilities and style options: Choose either Modern or Painting in 8” x 10” to 24” x 36” on rolled canvas.
For those dapper dogs and sophisticated felines, Royal Portraits will surely capture the pawfect likeness of your pet with Old World style and stately elegance. You can even choose a multi-pet layout or have yourself rendered in a style to match your furry friend. For a royally refined pet portrait, choose a close-up, clear photo that doesn’t cut off your pet’s ears. Use their angle guide to perfect that regal look. After you take your pet’s picture, choose which costume best fits their personality then upload your photo. Select a size and confirm your order.
Product possibilities and style options: 9” by 12” to 18” by 24”, framed or unframed, in full color on canvas. Choose a royal persona and theme for your pet.
5. Good Boy Art
Because your pet is a hero in your eyes, Good Boy Art has come up with an artistic and hilarious way to turn your pet into a superhero in a flash. All you have to do is choose which superhero best embodies your pet’s superpowers and personality, upload a clear, high-resolution photo of your pet’s face without a collar, and let them do the rest. They’ll email you when the portrait is on its way. Just don’t let your pet’s new persona go to his head.
Product possibilities and style options: 8” x 10” to 24” x 36”, full-color on canvas in the style of a superhero
Looking for a piece of art as one-of-a-kind and as full of personality as your Pug (or mutt, or kitty, or rabbit)? Look no further. The Unicorn Pug is an individual and talented watercolor artist who will carefully create a unique artwork worthy of your mantel. Just choose your size, enter your pet’s name if you would like it to appear on the bottom of the portrait, then checkout. After your order is processed, send the artist a quick message describing what you want with a photo attached. She’ll include or exclude details upon request. Your pet’s unique portrait will ship out in about 8 days and arrive on your doorstep soon after.
Product possibilities and style options: Watercolor on paper or canvas. A wide array of sizes (including micro paintings at 2” x 3”) and composition possibilities, including close-up, full-body, and more. They also offer custom Christmas ornaments.
When it comes to custom pet portraits, FolkCultureGallery offers authentic, hand-painted oil-on-canvas commissions. This means your pet’s portrait will be truly worthy of a museum. They will paint your pet with impressionist detail and vivid color–they’ll even capture that sparkle in your pet’s eye. To order, simply send them a message with a photo of your pet attached. They will respond with a suggested size and the price. From there, you will pay a 30% deposit. Then they’ll send you a proof. Once approved, they’ll finish the painting and ship it out.
Product possibilities and style options: Oil on canvas with a wide range of size possibilities
The Art Factory produces stunning digitally hand-painted pet portraits on rolled canvas. They’re bright, beautiful, and professionally crafted. They use an uploaded photo, but that’s just the start. The Art Factory does more than just apply an Adobe filter–their professional team enhances the image’s color, background, and details for a more refined, and artistically pleasing result.
Product possibilities and style options: 16” x 20” rolled canvas in full color
Paint Your Life creates hand-painted pet portraits you can be proud of. Their products are high-quality, highly detailed with a painterly approach. They even have a wide array of framing options, styles, and sizes. These high-end portraits become family heirlooms.
While the painting you will receive is anything but a simple digital rendering, their process isn’t complicated. To place an order, upload your favorite photo, choose the size and style, add any comment, then submit it. They will digitally refine your photo and begin painting. You will receive an email as soon as the brush hits the canvas. After your pet painting is complete, they send you a photo of the finished product for approval. You can make changes at that time if you desire. Otherwise, they wait for the paint to dry, frame your work of art, and ship it.
Product possibilities and style options: Sizes start at 8” x 10” and go to 48” to 72”. Styles include watercolor, oil, charcoal, pencil, acrylic, and color pencil. They offer different framing options, as well.
10. Support Independent and Up-and-Coming Artists on Instagram like Pet Nouveau
You can find amazing up-and-coming artists with talent, passion, and inspiration to capture your pet’s beauty and personality. Pet Nouveau is an amazing example of an independent artist who takes commissions for hand-painted, art nouveau style in ink and watercolor on high-quality watercolor paper.
Sagittarius Gallery is another excellent artist with a vibrant and original take on pet portraits.
Try searching Instagram with hashtags like #petportaits #petartists and #paintyourpet.
FAQs When Ordering a Pet Portrait
How much does a pet portrait cost?
Prices usually depend on the size of the piece. The average price for an 8” x 10” is about $50 before shipping.
How long does it take from start to finish to receive your pet’s portrait?
Most portrait services take several weeks. Good Boy Art and Paint Your Life have turnaround times of about 10-15 business days for rush orders.
What photos work well for a pet portrait?
Well-lit, high-quality photos, with an uncluttered background work well. To improve the perspective of your pet’s photo, get down to eye level. You can light up your pet’s eyes and encourage adorable faces using a squeaker and a lot of treats.
Do pet portraits make great gifts?
Absolutely. If you have a friend that is obsessed with her cat, dog, or another pet, a portrait is one of the best gifts they can receive! Just be sure you have access to a high-quality photo of your friend or loved one’s pet. You may have to break the surprise and ask for a high-resolution photo from your giftee.
Can I order a pet portrait with a frame?
Yes. Many companies, including West & Willow and Paint Your Life, provide you with framing options.
What is the difference between a hand-painted portrait and a digitally hand-painted portrait?
Technology allows artists to ‘paint’ using high-tech tools and software, providing a painterly effect that is one-of-a-kind. This is often referred to as “digitally hand-painted.” These portraits offer the beauty and elegance of a real painting. They are printed, though, so they’re frequently flat to the touch.
Hand-painted implies the artist used paint and brush to compose the artwork.
Is a pet portrait a good way to memorialize a pet that has passed away?
Yes. If you have a favorite photo of your belated pet, commissioning a portrait can keep your pet close to your heart.
Is Your Pet the Next Mona Lisa?
Ordering a pet portrait pays tribute to your fuzzy best friend. Whether you’re looking for an illustration of your pug or an oil painting of your Scottish Fold, your beloved pet can be a muse and inspire a striking and unique work of art for your home. Pet portraits also make excellent gifts and a sentimental and sweet pet memorial.