Custom pet portrait, Vibrant, colourful, contemporary, animal art, commission, dog, cat, acrylic paint

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Custom pet portrait, Vibrant, colourful, contemporary, animal art, commission, dog, cat, acrylic paint



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  • Materials: acrylic paint, acrylic ink

What is it?

This is a listing for one custom hand painted acrylic ink portrait of your furry animal companion that captures their personality in a contemporary way using bright, vibrant colours, in miniature.

What is it made of?

These are painted by hand using acrylic ink and paint on canvas measuring 20x20cm (approximately 8x8 inches) If you would like a bigger or smaller painting then please have a look at my other listings as I offer a variety of sizes in paper, recycled card and canvas.

What do I need from you?

For pet portraits, in order to create the absolute best likeness I will require good quality high resolution photographs. These work best in natural light - the eyes really are the windows to the soul and camera flash reflections are the enemy of the pet portrait artist so please don’t use a flash as it's important that the colour of the eyes and the fur is as clear and accurate as possible for me to do your pet justice.

Ideally take the photo at eye level with the animal looking directly to the camera or side on. Alternatively it's possible to get a very sweet pose if your stand above and have them look up at you (adoringly!) Depending on the pose this can be painted either as a close up head shot or a full body pose but we can discuss exactly what your requirements are before I start. Ultimately, you know your pet best and will be able to determine which pose most represents their personality and I will then work to capture the essence of your animal with every vibrant brushstroke.

What is if it's for someone else?

If you want to get a portrait as a gift for someone else but don't have any photos of their pet don't worry, I can offer gift vouchers in any denomination which can be sent to you or directly to the person for whom the portrait is intended. Just get in touch over Etsy conversations and I can list the gift voucher for you.

What will you receive?

You will receive one custom painting of the animal of your choice. With this size of canvas you have the option to have it framed in a natural wooden floating frame - see photos for example. Please choose at checkout whether you wish to take the framed or unframed option.

Where possible I will recycle my packaging so the painting will be wrapped carefully in acid-free tissue paper and then protected with recycled bubble wrap and cardboard.

Postage within the UK is free and will be by International Tracked elsewhere.

Thank you for looking in my shop and please do get in touch if you have any questions. If you like my art and would like to know when I create new pieces then why not follow me on Instagram (@Art.By.Nicola.McLean)


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31 Jul.-09 Aug.

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12 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Lynea 24 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Nicola is amazing! She's wonderful to work with, and she is extremely talented. She captured my kitty beautifully, with such unique coloring and details. Can't wait to order a painting of my 2nd cat! 😻

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Helen 03 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I commissioned a portrait of my guinea pig Tilly (who you can probably see below). Nicola was really friendly and communicative the whole way through. The portrait is amazing and colourful and really does Tilly justice!

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Susan Lamb 18 Aug, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

We absolutely love our Noah sculpture!! Nicola did an amazing job....It looks just like her❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Elizabeth Christy 13 Aug, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Nicola’s Art is beautiful. I was so pleased with my card. I always send personal art cards now. This will also look wonderful in a little frame in my kitchen ! That’s if my daughter lets me have it! 😂💚

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