Category: How to Order a Pet Portrait

Welcome to the Paws By Zann pet portrait blog! Here you’ll find a wealth of information on painting with oils, painting animals, how to take reference photos, art videos and more. Enjoy!

Labrador retriever Oil Painting
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How a Chocolate Lab Oil Painting Gets Made

A Chocolate Lab Oil Painting in 4 Steps Coco’s dog-mom wanted a custom oil painting of her dog, so she reached out to me with a few photos. In this post, I’ll walk you through the process we went through to turn her pet portrait idea into a beautiful, polished

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Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Zann
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A New Twist: Dogs Playing Poker and Dogs Playing Pool

3 Classics like the ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Series Come Back as Custom Art Pet portrait artist Zann Hemphill is well known for her amazing renditions of pets. She uses traditional materials (oil paints and canvas) and works entirely by hand. Usually, this means working from a client’s photo to produce

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Pet Art Lighting in Pet Portraits
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Pet Art: Simple Guide to 3 Types of Portrait Lighting

The Importance of Lighting in Pet Art When you buy a pet portrait (or any portrait art) probably the most important thing is that it does a good job of looking like the animal or person in question. Because that’s the whole point, right? But a close second is how

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Dog Beach Painting Video: Maya with a Seascape

Painting Maya, a Dog on the Beach, from Photos Lighting-wise, this dog beach painting has been a challenge. The main reference, the one that I’m using for Maya’s pose and expression, didn’t show much of her colouration. It also didn’t have great lighting. So I have a second photo to

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Angelic Heavenly Pet Memorial Painting
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Pet Memorial Painted in an Incredible Heavenly Garden

A Pet Memorial Painting for Gigi For this pet memorial, my client and I worked together to create a beautiful garden in this custom memorial portrait for a little Pomeranian dog named Gigi. When I was first contacted by Gigi’s mom, she had a very speific vision in mind. She

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colourful pet portraits
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How To: Colourful Pet Portraits In A Realistic Style

Colour in Pet Portraits I’ve painted hundreds of paintings of pets over the years, but until I introduced brightly coloured backgrounds, almost everything I painted was a shade of brown. See more of Zann’s Pet Portraits here > And while these muted portraits look great in some rooms, what about

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