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