Natural History Illustration + custom pet portraits



Please use my contact form or email me directly at if you are interested in commissioning a portrait for 2020!



Have you ever wanted a custom piece of artwork of your beloved family pets? What about artwork that connects you to the natural history where you live? You have the option to commission a special piece of artwork to mix your subject matter of choice with my style of artwork, creating the perfect new piece for your home, office, or a loved one’s home. Because custom work is time consuming and generally requires 30-50+ hours of drawing time alone, it is truly an investment in the creation of a piece you will love and I will do everything I can to bring our collective vision to life.


In order to reserve space on my calendar, I require:

  • A reference photo that we have both agreed upon - check out this page for my tips on which photos are most helpful for pet portraits

  • A signed contract that outlines our agreement

  • A 50% non-refundable retainer fee that is applied toward the final balance


I am often booked up months in advance for pet portraits, so please plan ahead if you have a pet portrait in mind for a gift. I recommend contacting me via email if you have a deadline in mind - I can let you know what my current wait time looks like. Sorry, but I cannot accommodate last minute portraits. Wildlife portraits sometimes require a custom quote via email.


Please note that the sizes listed below are the paper size for the portrait, which is the size you will mat/mount and frame (matting and framing is not included in my pricing). Each drawing is sketched out to utilize the space on the page as well as possible while leaving enough space to frame the piece comfortably. Please do not frame portraits directly against the glass and avoid hanging them in direct sunlight. These things will help to keep your portrait in good condition for many years to come. Prices include shipping within the United States -- contact me for a custom international shipping quote if needed. Colorado state residents will be charged the appropriate sales tax.


Prices are subject to change. Quotes given via email are valid for bookings made within 1 month.



Pastels accentuate the softness and shine from fur or feathers, while also capturing details and color vibrancy within the portrait. Pastel paintings may have a white background, a neutral toned background (grey, tan, brown), or a color background. I am always happy to make recommendations for what would look best if you are unsure. Pastel is a more delicate medium that requires proper handling and framing to prevent damage and ensure longevity. When framed properly, this is a very long lasting medium that is quite striking in person. Anyone considering a pastel portrait should be aware that they may need the piece framed professionally by a framer experienced in working with pastel artwork.

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Prices are for one subject. A second subject is typically an extra 25% of the portrait fee. Please email for a custom quote for two or more subjects in the same portrait.



Colored pencil portraits are perfect for detail work and they allow your pet to stand out against the empty background. It is an excellent choice for people wanting a neutral background as the heavy, white watercolor paper will work with any wall color and any frame type. Not every reference photo is suitable for this type of portrait due to the level of detail it requires, but it is an excellent choice when detail work or easy framing are things you'd like to achieve.

Portrait of medium hair cat in colored pencil by Kit Gray Illustration







Prices are for one subject. A second subject is typically an extra 25% of the portrait fee. Please email for a custom quote for two or more subjects in the same portrait.


As the artist, Kit Gray Illustration retains full rights to each piece of artwork created, including the right to make reproductions.