How To Find The Best Pet Portraits Artists?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 10/14/20 •  7 min read
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How to find pet portraits near me—the first place to turn is the Internet. The first place to start your search is with Google. In the Google search box, type in something like this “pet artist (your city)(your state)” and hit enter. Google should bring up a series of names, along with a map showing where each artist is located. If Google doesn’t bring up the list + map, just search through the entries below the search box and visit each artist’s website.

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Read carefully through each site before choosing one or more artists to contact. Be sure to read through all the details on the services provided, the costs and what types of files are used, and if the artist offers a guarantee.

Another way to find pet portraits near me is to ask family and friends, work colleagues, etc. for referrals. Ask if they’ve had portraits done of their pet(s), what artist they used and if they would recommend that artist based on the finished portrait and the artist’s customer service.

Custom Pet Portraits Paintings

Paintings are a popular option when it comes to pet portraits. You can choose to have your pet’s portrait done in oil paint, watercolors, or even acrylic paints. Artists may offer their services through their own website or Etsy shop, or may even work for a company that sells pet portraits of all types.

Here are a couple of examples:

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According to Shana, “The eyes, nose and other dominant features of the animal are very detailed, the rest is painted more loosely to create an eerie floating effect. Some splats of colors are added to give it some punch!”

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At Paint Your Life, you can also choose the portrait’s size and even add in special requests and comments to help the artist capture your pet’s likeness.

You’ll have a beautiful, unique custom pet portrait canvas painting to enjoy for years to come!

As you can see, there are many ways to find artists/sites who can work on your pet’s precious portrait. The Internet has a wide variety of options when it comes to custom pet portraits paintings. 

Pet Portraits in Unique Mediums

Not only can you get a custom pet portrait canvas with oil and acrylic paints, but a pet portrait can also be done in other mediums, such as embroidery or even a wood portrait! Let’s take a look at some examples!

EiraTeufel on Etsy: features intricate embroidered pet portraits on a pendant or as a bracelet charm. She even offers embroidered pet portraits on brooches, earrings and cufflinks. What a unique way to keep your pet with you all the time! Not only can you include your pet in the image, but you can also add flowers or letters to the image. Eira also allows you to choose the frame type for your jewelry pet portrait. This artist is from Saint Petersburg, Russia and loves making embroidery miniatures.

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Crystal Ho on Etsy: offers pet portraits on custom pillow tops. She paints a custom portrait, capturing the personality of your pet friend. The pillow top (doesn’t include filling) is made in their studio and is individually printed and sewn by hand. You just send photos of your pet—make sure they’re high resolution and detailed, as these create the best images. TripleStudio will send you updates during the painting process, which allows you to make changes as the portrait is painted. You’ll receive a final digital image, so you can proof the image before it’s printed on a pillow cover and sent to you.

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Starlight Studios on Etsy: sells a custom animal portrait on reclaimed wood. This way, you’re not only buying a beautiful pet portrait, but you’re also saving the environment with the reclaimed wood. Starlight Studios transfers your pet’s image directly onto the reclaimed wood (from a pallet). All imperfections will remain in the piece: this means the natural wood grain, nail holes and other imperfections will clearly show. The wooden photograph is then sealed and comes with the necessary hardware to hang your pet’s portrait after you receive it. Again, you’ll need to select the highest quality photo of your pet, with 300 dpi (dots per inch) or higher resolution to create the large wooden photo.

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You can have a custom animal portrait made in almost any medium! Not only that, but such pet portraits make a wonderful gift for anyone—family, friends, colleagues—who love their pets and/or who have lost a beloved pet.

Custom Cat Portrait

For cat lovers, you can even find artists who specialize in creating beautiful custom portraits of cats. Our feline friends can be a challenge to paint with their many moods and expressions. Cats also do “cat things,” making a one-of-a-kind portrait a true piece of art.

If you’d like to find an artist who specializes in cats, search for one who obviously loves cats. Carefully review the artist’s portfolio and look for the way they’ve captured the cats’ portraits. You’ll know a cat-lover when you see one!

A custom cat portrait also makes a great gift for the cat lover(s) in your life!

Custom Illustration or Cartoon Pet Portraits

Illustrations and cartoon pet portraits are also popular! If you prefer this style, take a look at these artists we found on Etsy:

Andrew: does cartoon pet portraits! Just send him a digital photo of your pet, and in 3-4 business days he’ll send you a digital cartoon image of your pet’s portrait!

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Deaandbean: creates a beautiful illustration of your pet! Each portrait is unique. This artist creates the illustration and in 5 business days the final print will be delivered to you. You can even ask for a printable version, which comes as a PDF file emailed to you. Then you can print out your pet’s illustrated portrait at home!

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Custom Portrait of You and Your Pet

Don’t forget that you can also find artists who are willing to create a portrait of you and your pet together! This is another option that makes a wonderful keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Here, again, you’ll find many options available—you can have your portrait done in any style, medium, etc. You can find artists on Esty and other sites who will help you create a distinctive portrait of you and your pet.

The Sky’s the Limit!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to getting a portrait of your pet made. We’ve covered several different options available from various artists online—from illustrations and cartoons, to oil paintings and wood pallet creations. A one-of-a-kind pet portrait is fast and easy these days—just turn to the Internet and click! Let your imagination run and find the best artist to create a unique piece of art from a photo of your precious pet.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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