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Animal Lover

I love drawing and I love animals, so there's no greater joy than having a career as a pet portrait artist! I'm a crazy cat lady to my 5 babies: Toulouse, Sweet Pea, Ranger, Gizzie, & Nero, so I know first hand how important it is to have portraits that truly capture your pet's unique personality and quirks!

 

I've been professionally creating for the last 6 years and I put the utmost attention to detail into each portrait. I love the challenge of making my portraits look even better than the reference photo!

 

I strive to create such photorealistic portraits that my clients exclaim, " OH! I thought that was a photo!" It all comes down to detail....and that's what I'm known for.

The Process
Palette

Select Size & Medium

Colored Pencil or Oil Paint?

Do you want an 18x24 oil painting or a 8.5x11 colored pencil drawing? Or perhaps a 16x20 oil painting of 2 pets together! Select whether you would like your portrait in colored pencil or oil paint, then choose the size (which can be found under the "Pricing" tab). Keep in mind, the larger the piece the longer it takes, but that also allows for the utmost detail. Typically, colored pencil portraits take 2-4 weeks and oil paintings take 2-4 months.

Camera

Send High Quality Photos

The better the photo, the better the portrait

I can't stress enough how important good quality photos are! Your portrait is only as good as the photos you provide. Up close, eye level shots of your pet in bright, natural outdoor light are best! That allows me to really zoom in and see every detail of their fur and little quirks, it also allows for richer contrast with shadows and highlights. I work from one main photo, but please send multiple shots of your pet so that I can really get a feel for them. If you are wanting a portrait with multiple pets, I can work from separate photos and combine the pets into one scene, but it is imperative that you send a group shot so that I can see size relation. Please send your selected photos as JPG or PDF files to my email and then I can start composing! Keep scrolling to see examples of what a "good quality photo" looks like so you know exactly what to send!

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Create a Mockup

Let me take it from here

Once I've received your photos and have determined that the quality is good enough for use, I'll then begin sketching the mockup. Sometimes in order to create the perfect composition, I'll need to combine 2 different photos, which is actually quite common. For example, sometimes a pet has the perfect face in one photo but is laying down and the owner wants them sitting upright, so  I'll have to takes the head from one photo and combine it with the body from another photo. These mockups are normally created in Photoshop so you can see exactly how the angles will look. Creating a digital mockup gives me the ability to shift things around and adjust colors until we get the composition just right! Once you've approved the mockup, I will then begin the actual drawing/painting. This is where the real fun begins!

Pencils

Duration

Creating your Masterpiece

Colored Pencil Drawings:  2 - 6 weeks

The larger the drawing, the longer it takes.

Oil Paintings:  2 - 4 months

The larger the painting, the longer it takes.

During this time, please feel free to email me about updates on your portrait. I can even send you progress shots if you'd like, but I've found that most of my clients like to be totally surprised at the end when they see their completed portrait for the first time. If there are any changes you would like made to the portrait, now is the time to tell me, before I varnish it. Once you have approved the final piece I will then varnish the painting in either a high gloss or matte varnish, depending on your preference. Varnishing the painting seals it all in and protects it indefinitely, and will also make the colors appear richer. It's amazing what a good varnish can do!

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Social Media

Progress shot or big reveal?

I am active on Facebook and Instagram and regularly post progress shots of the commissions I'm working on. My clients often like to follow along and see the progression of their portrait, but if this is a gift or you'd like to be surprised at the end, then please let me know so I can refrain from posting. I will always ask you before I begin but it's still nice to be reminded.

Framing

Do it yourself or allow me

I offer my clients the option of having their portrait custom framed. I know a lot of people get overwhelmed when they hear the phrase custom framing so I tried to make it easier by taking care of that myself. Besides, since I spent the last 3 months getting very familiar with your pet, I think it's safe to say that I might have an edge on picking out the most complimentary frame ;)

If you decide to have your piece custom framed, simply tell me the price point that you wish to stay in and I will find a frame that fits it. Please note that if you are custom framing, you should expect to spend around $100 - $250 depending on the size of your portrait, number of matts, and quality of the frame. The custom framing price is in addition to the cost of your portrait, and there is also a $25 convenience fee for my time. So, if your 9x12 oil painting costs $375 and the custom frame costs $90, I would expect a payment of $490 upon deliverance of your piece.

So, Tell Me...

What's the difference between oil paint & colored pencil?

Oil paint is a wet medium that requires more time to dry in between layers. Each consecutive layer is more detailed than the one before it, but takes about 2-7 days to dry.

Colored Pencil is a dry medium that allows me to work continuously. I am able to work on these continuously.

What materials do you use?

Oil paintings are created with archival quality, stretched 7/8" profile stretched canvas, and premium Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton oil paint.

 

Colored pencil drawings are created on Strathmor Smooth 500 Series Bristol Board with light-resistant, light-fast, professional Faber Castell Polychromo and Caran d' Ache Luminance colored pencils.

I love everything about this reference photo BUT this......

Is your pet wearing a red collar but you want to change it to blue? Does your cat normally have a dark green fleck in his eye but you can't see it in the reference photo you provided? Do you want your dog sitting up but the reference photo shows him laying down, "but his face is just so perfect?!"... Minor adjustments to your portrait can be made. I can put your pet's head on a differently posed body, adjust collar colors or add/subtract collars, enhance a certain feature, etc. If you would like changes made that aren't in the photo you provided then please clearly tell me what it is you're wanting and providing a photo that shows it.

What kind of photos do you work from and how do I get them to you?

Crisp and clear, eye level photos of your pet in bright, natural outdoor light. Please refrain from using Flash and harsh lighting. I do not recommend taking photos indoors or at night inside your home. For cats, please capture the kitty sitting by a window on a sunny day. Again, your portrait is only as good as the reference photo you provide.

Email me high quality JPEG or PDF files of your pet. Please make sure that they are of the highest resolution so that I can zoom in and get the maximum detail possible. Photos taken on your phone are absolutely fine. Please email them to: taylormallatt@yahoo.com

Can I see another example?

This reference photo is a good example of what can be omitted. This was taken outside when it was snowing, but if you don't want the little snowflakes on his fur then I'd be happy to eliminate those from his portrait. Simply ask and I'll tell ya what I can do!

What payments do you accept?

PayPal, Venmo, Cash or Check in the mail.

Venmo: @Taylor-M-Walker

Paypal: taylormallatt@yahoo.com

 

If at all possible, I prefer not to use Etsy because they have really increased their fees. But, if that is your prefered method of purchase then I will create a custom listing of your piece that you may purchase that way.

I also accept Credit Cards. If I am delivering your portrait in person then you can pay via CC on my Square Reader.

Which one do you recommend?

Oil paint is what the old master's used and has a very rich, luxurious look to it. The colors are going to be bolder as compared to colored pencil. 

Colored Pencil drawings tend to look crisper. Because I have maximum control over the handling of dry pencils, I can really dig deep and draw every. individual. hair. 

Do I need to pay a deposit, and when is final payment due?

Yes, I require a 30% deposit to secure your spot on my waitlist and begin your piece. Deposits can be paid via Venmo, PayPal, Etsy or check in the mail.

I will always email a final invoice the week before I deliver the finished piece. Once you've approved the final portrait, please pay the final balance.

Can I change colors or features?

Yes, I can change colors and add/delete certain features. Collars are the thing I get asked to change the most. I can change the color from red to blue, or add or exclude it. Sometimes collars take away from a piece and other times, if it's a integral part of who that pet is, they can greatly add sentiment to the portrait. As always, if you're wanting something specific then please provide me with a photo. I can also delete little physical quirks that might have arisen with old age or injury like white hairs, spots around the mouth or nose, balding patches of hair or glazed eyes,etc. 

Do you work from multiple photos or just one, and can I combine multiple pets into one portrait?

Many people think that I take parts of multiple photos and piece them together into one, but I actually use one main photo for the portrait. However, it is helpful for my clients to provide multiple reference photos so that I can really get a feel for your pet and be certain of their coloring and unique, physical quirks.

Yes, I can combine separate pet reference photos into one final composition. You can provide individual photos of each pet with their desired pose, but please provide at least one photo of all of them together so that I can see size relation.

Can I see the final portrait before you send it and make last minute changes?

Yes, I will always send a final phot of your piece before I package and send it; that way you are able to make any last minute changes and aren't bombarded with any "surprises".

Yes, you can make slight changes to the portrait, like brightening or darkening specific areas of colors or adding more fur or detail to certain areas. 

Can I purchase a Pet Portrait Giftcard/Voucher as a gift?

Know a crazy cat lady or dog lover and want to get them something really special for Christmas? Pet Portrait  giftcards make wonderful gifts because your recipient can redeem them whenever and choose their favorite photo for the portrait! 

 

To purchase, send an email with the size or value that you're wanting to purchase, and I'll send you a link to either Paypal or Venmo. You can also pay with cash or check, too!

Once purchased, I'll mail you a physical voucher that you can wrap and gift to your recipient! It's as easy as that! Talk about the perfect animal lover gift!

Can I see progression pics?

Yes. Of course! I normally ask my clients this before I start a painting. If you'd like to see, then I'll simply email you about 4-5 different update pics through the span of the piece. If you don't want to see, then you'll just be surprised at the very end when I send you the final picture of your piece..

What color are the backgrounds?

Colored Pencil Portraits are always drawn on a white background. A clean white background really allows the details to pop off the page and make your pet the focal point. 

Oil paintings can have a solid colored background or abstract-ish scenery.  Suble gradations of brown, green, tan and gray are most often used for "solid" backgrounds and blurred grasses, forest lines and distant landscapes are normally used to portray scenery. 

I'm on your Waitlist, what does that mean?

Certain times of the year are busier than others, especially Holiday, so if  I tell you that you'd be on my waitlist that means I have a couple clients ahead of you that have already paid their deposit and solidified their spot in my queue. To guarantee your spot on my waitlist I'd need a 30% deposit which goes toward the overall price of your piece. Out of respect for my clients, I work on a first come first serve basis and try to complete portraits in the order I receive them.

Can I see an example of a good quality reference photo?

This is a clear, eye level photo of this pet out in bright, natural light. I can see every little hair, whisker, and green fleck in his eyes. This is a premium quality photo that allows me to zoom in and really capture every single detail.

I took this photo of Shadow on my phone while he was out on our screened in patio. Cats can be difficult to capture in natural light, so I suggest capturing them sittig by a window, or take him right outside your front door and have a friend snap a quick pic while holding them.

How will I receive my final portrait?

I practice the utmost care when sending your final artwork; there is nothing more devastating than seeing a beautiful piece damaged in transit because it was not packaged or protected properly. I send all work with FedEx Office with their large or medium framed art boxes.

On the rare occasion you are in driving distance, I am happy to meet you at a public, mutual location like Starbucks. It's nice to put a name with a face so if you are open to this then so am I!

Can I share my finished portrait on social media?

Yes, yes and YES; please share away! Word of mouth is a powerful thing and I've received many clients this way. Please feel free to share across all your social media platforms, I just kindly ask that you tag @tayloredillustration so that others can easily find me.

I really appreciate the shoutouts and praise, so thank you in advance!

How accurate are your portraits?

Can I see more examples

of "good" reference photos?

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E: taylormallatt@yahoo.com
P: 765.421.1947
Indpls, IN