Capturing the memories and showing off our dog’s wonderful personality is incredibly important to us. We all love to celebrate how much they enrich our lives; be it through photos or in more artistic ways, like dog portraits.
We’re celebrating our artistic appreciation for commissioned dog portraits. Paintings of our canine companions have been around since people could draw in caves, showcasing our fondness for the tail-wagging kind. Famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol also used their canine companions as muses for their artwork. Even the Queen has painted portraits of her Corgis at the palace.
We’ve been scouting dog portrait artists across the UK, so you can select the crem dela crem. Before we delve into that, let’s look at some of the reasons why you may get a dog portrait commissioned.
Why Get a Dog Portrait Commissioned?
The main reason is to commemorate and celebrate your pet. Our dogs only have a short and sometimes have an unexpected ‘tail. A portrait can capture their essence and continue to keep a special place in your home long after they’re gone.
Secondly, dog portraits can capture your dog(s) personality in a more creative way than a blurred photo can. This means you can bring out your dog’s spirit like it was meant to be showcased, in all of their goofy beauty. Some artists will also include extra features to make the portrait pop, including some of the dog’s favourite locations or toys. The detail and embellishment captured in a painting is worth its weight in gold – perhaps the reason why painted portraits were only reserved for the rich all those years ago.
Often when you think of a portrait, you imagine an oil painting or pencil sketch, but this is far from your only choice when it comes to dog portraits.
Artists work in different mediums, with different styles. Some work on the unusual canvas materials like wood, metal or glass. Others create quirky illustrations and comic portraits. There’s also plenty of digital artists who create some great pieces too.
We’re sharing something for everyone in this guide so you can find the best dog portrait artists to compliment your style and your dogs personality.
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Sarah is an experienced watercolour artist creating gorgeous art with dogs of all shapes and sizes. She takes time to capture your dog’s personality and provides you with the painted version. Compared to other artists, Sarah has quite a quick turnaround, and she even shares the process via her Instagram.
Hannah creates gorgeous hand-painted portraits with acrylic and takes great care and precision to capture your dog’s energy and character. She can also work in multiple dogs or animals should you want to get more into one painting. You can choose to have it in a small format (A5) medium (A4) or larger size (A3).
Fancy something a little more simplistic? Charlotte Glebocki is a Physiotherapist from London working for the NHS. She was inspired to create these after designing one for her own Whippet Inca. Charlotte creates beautiful line-art pooch pieces, each with a splash of colour to mirror their personality. The best part is these pieces will never look out of place in any home, adding a sprinkle of modern design with a whole heart of doggy love.
The detail in these dog portraits are incredible, both original and characterful. Steph started painting portraits during the pandemic after finding herself stuck in Vietnam. After travelling back to London, she started Steph Carr Design, and found a real spark for pet portraits in particular. These pieces are created with oil paints on a stretched canvas. Portraits can take 2-3 weeks to complete, but boy are they worth the wait!
Peek-a-boo! Just your dog’s adorable face popping up to make your living room look amazing. We love these from Pet Portrait Galaxy. These pieces are not digital, and are hand-painted and signed by the artist. They come in various sizes for you to mount onto a frame.
We love these personalised painted illustrations created By Kate. It makes you think of how your pooch would look if they were to have their own story book. She creates unique watercolour portraits to capture their personalities and bring them to life.
How about a portrait you can take with you wherever you go? Megan from PebbblePaint provides this quirky option for you, capturing their cuteness on a little wood chip. You can choose from four different colours of bakers twine tied through the wooden chip. You can also have your dogs name or a date on the back of the chip. Adorable!
If you want to truly make their personality shine, Rebecca will turn your pooch into a Disney like character with her clever line caricatures. You can choose to have the portrait created in a A5, A4 or A3. If you’re gonna go big with personality, then you might as well go big in size right? The originals are sent to you in the post ready to have their own special frame in the house.
Okay, we are pretty obsessed with these adorable custom digital drawings from Jen. Using multiple photos, Jen turns your beloved pooch into cartoon form, using unique features to bring out their personality. Once created, you’ll receive an adorable digital file which you can get printed.
Another cartoonised portrait we’re obsessed with from Irene. These digital portraits turn your dog into their own cartoon character. Perfect if you have any funny stories, or memories you want to remember. This one is also digital-only, but once you have it you can get it printed in any format you fancy.
Now this piece is a show-stopper. If you need to remind the peasants of the house who has the legendary status then this Nifty Gift is for you. This is created digitally using a tablet and pen brush painted over a classic portrait using a photo provided. It will make a great (and maybe kinda weird) addition to any home as framed art.
Share Your Pawtraits
Have you ever had some artwork commissioned to show off your dog in all of their glory? Share a photo of it and the artist in the comments below – we would LOVE to see them. Plus it gives dog owners the opportunity to find some other brilliant artists to show off their pooch.