Custom Pet + Wildlife Portraits

 

 
 

Please use my contact form or email me directly at kit@kitgrayillustration.com if you are interested in booking a portrait for 2019!

 

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Have you ever wanted a custom piece of artwork of your beloved family pets? What about a wild animal you have a special connection to? Commissions are made for this exact purpose! Commissions are made to mix your subject matter of choice with my style of artwork to create the perfect new piece for your home or a loved one's home. Because custom work is time consuming and generally requires 30-40 hours of drawing time alone, it should be viewed as an investment.

 

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 portraits

  • A signed contract that outlines our agreement

  • The medium/style and size of the portrait you would like

  • 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 rush portraits. Wildlife portraits with a lot of white space (such as songbirds with no background) may 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 2 months.

 

PASTEL PORTRAIT

Pastels accentuate the softness and shine of your pet's fur, while also capturing details and vibrancy within the portrait. Pastel paintings may have a white background, a neutral toned background (grey, tan, brown), or a full color background. There are a variety of paper colors available and 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 (usually a mat/mount or spacer so it is not against the glass) to prevent damage and ensure longevity. When framed properly, this is a very long lasting medium that is quite striking in person. Care is very important with pastel portraits and it is important to understand you may need the portrait framed professionally.

Greyhound sighthound pastel portrait by Kit Gray Illustration

10"x10".....$550

9"x12".....$550

12"x12".....$595

11"x14".....$595

12"x16".....$645

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

 

COLORED PENCIL 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

8"x8".....$615

8"x10".....$630

10"x10".....$700

9"x12".....$700

12"x12".....$770

11"x14".....$770

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

 
 

VIBRANCY PORTRAIT IN SOFT PASTEL

Vibrancy portraits are created primarily using soft pastels, with some small details created using pastel pencils. These portraits are based in realism, but have more loose details, and they include bright pops of color + motion to try and add a creative feel to your piece. Sometimes, you just need a bold portrait for a bold personality! Vibrancy portraits are able to be customized to colors you associate with your pet, colors you prefer visually, or you can leave it open ended. They can be completed on either white or dark grey/nearly black paper. Because they are pastel, the regular suggestions apply in regards to framing these pieces as they need to be framed in a way so the glass is not touching the pastel itself.

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8" x 8".....$270

8" x 10".....$280

10" x 10".....$330

9" x 12".....$330

12" x 12".....$400

11" x 14".....$400

12" x 16".....$460

Prices are for one subject. A second subject is typically an added 20% of the portrait fee. Please email for a custom quote for two or more subjects in the same portrait.