How to Paint a Pet Portraiture
The Inspiring 3-Step Process for Painting Pet Portraits for Yourself and Clients
“Animals are some of the best people I know.” (Craig Johnson, Longmire novels) There’s no question that pets are beloved members of our families, and for many of us, provide an enormous sense of comfort. You can gain the confidence to paint the portrait of any pet, even if you have no experience and no clue where to start. You may be wondering:
- What supplies do I need?
- Do I need a good photograph of my pet to start?
- Do I need to be an artist?! 😢
- How do I know what colors and brushes to use?
- And most of all…Can I really do this – capture the soft fur, colors, and textures of a beloved pet?
Painting a pet portrait can be a very personal journey, or a way to honor the beautiful pet of another. You may want capture their essence for your own home, or give them as gifts to family and friends. You may also want to start offering pet portraiture for local or online clients. Or you may be a working artist who’d like to incorporate these techniques as a service you offer.
As a fine artist, Catherine's technique has evolved from a classical, indirect approach in oil. She uses underpainting and layers of paint and final glazes to create detailed realistic portrayals of her subjects. Catherine's award-winning artistry has been featured in gallery shows and art exhibitions. She’s created this course to share and teach the techniques needed for you to gain the confidence to ignite that creative joy of painting.
Here's what we'll cover.
By the end of this course, students will be able to create a captivating, meaningful portrait of your (or any) pet. You’ll know how to trace a drawing from the optimum photo source of your pet and transfer this drawing to your surface. You’ll learn about the right colors and mediums, the properties of each, and how to mix them. You’ll learn about each step in-depth, and watch Catherine as she works. You’ll also learn about brush strokes and paint application tips, starting from the rough block-in to the final refined details. The course is designed to take you through a 3-step indirect painting process, which allows for beginners to make several attempts, and is more forgiving than immediate or direct painting approaches. All the steps, including materials, tools, and palette, are fully explained and demonstrated. The in-depth class culminates in a beautiful finished portrait of Whiskey, or the animal of your choice.
This course is for you if:
- You want to learn how to paint your beloved pet, but you aren’t sure where to begin.
- You don’t have any experience painting, but you’re excited to learn!
- You’re looking for a meaningful and transformative creative outlet.
- You’re wanting to add pet portraiture to your fine art services, and need to know everything from palette to protection.