Custom Pet Portraits

Samples of custom dog portraits by Clare Hobson

Max - Portrait of German Shepherd Dog
Max – Custom Portrait of German Shepherd Dog

Winter demands a change of gears from busy summer days of watching & coaching riders to go around circles in a sand box.

I FINALLY have space to draw. LOTS of images demanding to come into fruition…

Here is “Max”. It’s been fun having him in my home and helping him come back to life this past week

Paper size 11 x 14″, 75 lb white acid free Daler-Rowney drawing paper

Derwent Studio, Primacolor and Staedtler Karat Water color pencils (dry)

Photo provided by owner

Custom Art Work - Katelyn - by Clare Hobson
Title: ‘Katelyn’
Custom Art Work - Ruff - by Clare Hobson
Title: ‘Ruff’
Custom Pet Portrait by Clare Hobson
Title: ‘Kayna”
Custom Art Work - Harvey - by Clare Hobson
Title: ‘Harvey ‘
Title: ‘Kayna’
Custom Art Work - Harley - by Clare Hobson
Title: ‘Harley’


Things to consider when commissioning a original portrait of your favorite pet:

I work from photographs. If you are have a selection of good photos then I can work from those. A three quarter or profile view will usually make the best portraits.

For best results, your photo’s should be taken at eye level of your horse or pet to avoid distortion. Photos that look down or up at your horse or pet are not the best to work from.

Photo’s need to be of high resolution, in focus and as close up as possible.

Outdoor photos in soft light or photos taken near a window with plenty of natural light are usually best.

Good lighting in the photo will allow me to add details of shine on the coat, buckles, bit and leather.

Photos taken in the dark with a flash often produce harsh, unflattering shadows.

Custom Art Work - King Charles Spaniel - by Clare Hobson

Depending on location, I can sometimes do a photo shoot of your horse, dog or cat. (summer coat for horses is usually better for detail)

Basically, the better quality photo, the better the portrait will be.

 After you have submitted your photographic or digital images and you have chosen the size of portrait and discussed details, I can get started on your horses portrait. Please include your 50% deposit at the time of order.

Depending on the number of commissions on my list and the size of the piece, portrait completion time is approx 2-4 weeks.

When your portrait is finished I will email or text message a photo for your approval.

If you are happy with the piece, final payment is due via PayPal, eTransfer (interac) Cheque or cash. I can deliver to your home if you are in Smithers or Telkwa BC. If you are out of town. I can arrange delivery via Canada post.

Frames and matting are not included. 


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