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  • Writer's pictureAmy Elizabeth Fine Art

Memorial Dog Portrait- How to Commission a Memorial Portrait of Your Dog

How to arrange a custom memorial dog portrait to remember them by, after they have passed away.

It is difficult to explain the reasons why a pastel drawing should feel more significant than the photo it is based from. However, I do believe it is something to do with the love, care and time taken in the creation of it. Portraiture is an art form that has an enduring quality, that these animals will be alive in their frames for generations to come. This means that the joy that these animals brought to our lives, lives on, throughout both our lives and those of the generations yet to come.

The time we spend with our pets is just a brief for us, but to them we are their whole lives. The love that we give to them and they give to us in return, is profound. No matter how long they spend here on this earth, it is never enough.

A portrait of your dog as a memorial piece is a way for your pet to live on, as good portrait will show something of their character and personality. It is a special reminder, to keep their memory living on in your heart. A piece of artwork on the wall of your home, serves as an occasion to talk about them more and a chance to regale stories of happy times spent together.

So, how do you commission a remembrance portrait of a dog who has passed away?

The process of commissioning a pet portrait in tribute is very similar to the process of commissioning a pet portrait of an animal that is still with us. The only difference is the photo reference we can use. We are limited with the photos that you already have of your pet. This may be fine, as you have spent the years of your pets life carefully recording their life through the lens of your camera. If this is the case, all you need to do is email them to me and we can have a discussion regarding what kind of memorial pet portrait you would like.

However, some people may not have high quality photographs of their pet. In this case, you need to get in touch with any photographs you may have available and we can see what we can do together, to create a lovely tribute of your pet for you to treasure. This may mean we are limited to creating a smaller portrait (the smaller the portrait the less detail you can fit in, which means less detailed reference photos can be used). We may have to combine a variety of photographs together, or find photos of similar animals to fetch detail from. In the end, we will create a portrait that is true to your pet.

If you are considering a similar gift for yourself or a loved one, let me personally encourage you. You can learn more here about the general process of commissioning a pet portrait. If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me.

I am a pastel pencil and coloured pencil pet portrait artist based in Derbyshire. Working from photo reference taken by my clients I can work with you whether you are local to me in the UK or international.


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