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Bespoke Pet Portraits – custom hand-drawn images of pets make great gifts!

Hello all! For Christmas this year, I tried out something new–I made hand-drawn portraits of some pets in my family and gave them to my loved ones as gifts. I can’t believe how fun this project was, so I definitely want to keep doing them!

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Finished framed pics of Rory and Monty’s portraits!

Unbeknownst to my family, I found or took images of their pets–all dogs in our family. The image had to be a clear shot of their face, and ideally a good straight-on pic where the pet was looking right at the camera. Then I used my drawing skills to isolate the likeness of the pup using thick pen lines, and then smaller shapes.

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Process shot for Rory and Monty. I did about four drawings of Rory to get the hair right.
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Final ink drawings for Monty and Rory, plus name tags.
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Process shots of Sable and Sadie’s drawings…

All of these came into Illustrator, where I added color, a little bit of a background shading, and a wreath to surround the pet’s face. Then these got printed and mailed off for their owners to enjoy!

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Sadie was my sister’s family pup. Unfortunately she passed away this last Christmas, so my portrait was just in time… such a sweet dog, and she’ll be missed!
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Sable, nicknamed “Rocket Girl”, is my parents long-haired dachshund.
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Showing the likeness with Rory… he wasn’t happy about it and his hair is pretty crazy here!
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Monty would barely hold his head up for this shot, I was taking too much time away from his napping.
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Rory and Monty’s portraits on our mantel. Success!

If you are interested in having your pet drawn in a custom illustrated pet portrait, please reach out to jennifer@jenniferhines.net with a query. Let’s chat about it!

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