Pet Portraits

What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pet Portraits
For many Americans, pets are a special part of life. In fact, sixty-eight percent of American households own a pet. According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, a whopping 85 million families have pets in their homes. With numbers like that, it’s obvious that people understand the true benefits and rewards that come along with pet ownership. 

Pet owners understand that their four-legged loved ones truly are a part of the family. That’s why many pet owners would like to celebrate their furry friends with a pet portrait. Everyone has pictures or portraits of their family members proudly displayed in their home. Displaying a portrait of a pet in a home is a special way to show off the family’s pet. Pet portraits are also a great way to commemorate a beloved pet that has passed away 

The rich history of pet portraits

Humans have been creating art featuring pets for centuries. In fact, historians have found cave portraits of horses as far back as 19,000 years ago! Domesticated animals like horses, livestock, dogs, and cats have been a part art throughout the ages. In many fine art paintings, pets are present alongside their owners. You can find dogs in works by many of the European masters including:

  • Edouard Manet
  • Georges Seurat
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Paul Gaughan
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • And many others


Man’s best friend has been showing up in artistic works for years. Fortunately, today’s pet owners don’t have to know a famous artist to own a precious rendering of their pet. 

How is a pet portrait created?

A good pet portrait is a painting that captures an animal’s unique likeness and spirit. The best pet portraits go beyond mere likenesses of a dog or cat. Instead, they allow the pet’s personality to shine through on canvas. 

The first step to a good pet portrait is usually a drawing. This can be done using a photograph as a guide. Using a photo is usually much easier than getting a pet to sit still and model! 

Tips for drawing pets
Sketching animals may seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few tips, sketching pets can be a cinch.

The key to success is to use a good photo. Artists find that it is usually easier to paint from a photo they took themselves. From the photo, it’s best to tackle the larger shapes in the drawing first. Create shapes that will become the body, head etc. Then, you can begin to fill in smaller details and body parts. 

Once the sketch is created, the portrait can be filled in and brought to life with colorful paints.

Which type of paint is best?

Future pet portrait owners often wonder which type of paint is best? However, there is no right answer to this question. It is truly a matter of taste. Pet owners can choose from any number of mediums to create the portrait. Some common types include:

  • Acrylic paintings
  • Oil paintings
  • Watercolor paintings
  • Pencil drawings
  • Ink drawings


Some pet owners find that acrylic paint is an inexpensive and easy medium for amateurs or beginners. Acrylic paint is available in a wide assortment of colors at any local craft or art store. For the do-it-yourselfer, acrylic is a good choice. To attempt this project, pet owners can use a photograph of their animal friend as a guide for their special project.

While any type of paint can work, many homeowners desire the classic elegance that comes with an oil pet portrait. Like aristocrats of old, modern homeowners have learned that an oil painting of a pet lends a sense of sophistication to any room. Oil painting can be tricky, however, so it may be a good idea to bring in a professional. 

How can a real artist create a pet portrait?

While many may enjoy drawing or photographing their animal friends as a hobby commissioning a pet portrait created by a real, professional portrait artist is a wonderful way to honor any pet. 
Most pet owners may imagine that hiring a professional portrait artist for a pet portrait would be difficult or expensive. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With a service like Anything Painted on Canvas, a professionally painted heirloom pet portrait can be obtained by anyone. 

How much do pet portraits cost?

The first question many people have is: how much is a pet portrait by a real artist going to cost?

The short answer is: it depends on what you want. Anythingpaintedoncanvas.com offers oil paintings starting as low as $57. Check out the website to learn about the different options and prices.

Anything Painted on Canvas also makes the process affordable by allowing customers to start their order with a 20% down payment. Pay the 20% up front, then pay the balance once the artwork is completed and has been approved by the buyer. Customers also have the option of paying in full at the start of the process so there are no hassles or expenses to plan for down the road. 

How does the pet portrait process work at Anything Painted on Canvas?
The process at Anything Painted on Canvas is very easy. Here’s an overview of the steps:

  1. Choose the medium and size of your creation
  2. Select the “subjects” of the painting (i.e. the pets, people, landscapes or buildings that will be pictured in the painting)
  3. Select the specific artistic style of the painting
  4. Upload photos of the pet to be used as a guide for the artist. Be sure to upload the photos before adding the painting to the cart.
  5. Finally, add the item to the cart. That’s it!


Once the final result is approved and payment is complete, the only thing to do is wait for the pet portrait to arrive. And with unlimited revisions, customers can order with confidence that their pet portrait investment will be well worth it. 

Ready to create a one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet? Just follow our easy process to begin, or contact us with questions.