Coming up with a photo for custom pet paintings can be hard, to say the least. After all, which of your favorite images is going to reveal your dog or cat in the best possible light? Which picture is going to show the real personality of your best pal?
While some people know, without the need to think about it, which photograph is the one they want, some people don’t. Thus, it is helpful to have a large number of images for the artist to inspect. In an extreme situation the artist can draw from a number of pics to ‘compile’ or put together custom pet portraits.
The first rule when selecting a photo for an artist to work from, then, is never throw away an old Kodak of your pet. And, make sure you have the complete selection on hand for the artist to use. Even an old pet drawing your child might have made might have some use to the painter.
This rule, of not throwing away any photograph, applies to every image you might possess. Okay, the fur shading might not be fantastic in one pic, but the pose might be great. So you pick a good pose, and use the fur shading from another jpeg.
One of the things an artist will always look for is whether the eyes are clean and clear. A far away and fuzzy shot might not show perfectly, crisp eyes, but another photo might do the trick. This is a classic case of two images being brought together to make the perfect blend which results in the best possible painting of your buddy.
Here are a few things I have found useful over my years of painting. A picture of a pet with a son or daughter in it…it is possible to ‘delete’ the child and focus on that loving look in your cat or dog’s eyes. Or, a distant photo, when zoomed and cropped for a close up, might reveal enough detail for the artist.
Another thing that frequently comes up is an off center image. With today’s wonderful computers one can easily center and focus. This makes a photo that the owner might not think useful to actually have extreme value.
To bring this subject to a close, look for the best picture you can. In the event that you don’t have one that displays your furry pal in the best way, choose a couple shots and send them along to the artist. And, most important, always send copies, don’t send the original image for the painter to make your custom pet paintings with.