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!

How Big Should my Pet Portrait Be?

The Complete Guide to Pet Portrait Sizing

How Big Should a Pet Portrait Be? Understanding pet portrait sizing and choosing what size you want can be difficult with custom work. Because you can’t hold the piece in your hand or up to your wall! But in my experience there are really only two things to take into

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Chocolate Lab Portrait [Video]— How to Paint a Chocolate Lab

Chocolate Lab Painting in Oil This chocolate lab portrait is a larger piece, featuring a delightful named Perlie. I was lucky enough to meet Perlie while delivering her portrait, and she might have been the SOFTEST chocolate lab I’ve ever felt. I don’t know what they’re feeding her but her

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Custom Cat portraits by Zann Hemphill
All About Pet Memorials and Ashes

Cat Memorial Art and Gifts to Remember Lost Kitties

Cat Memorial Paintings The only downside to having cats is that they leave us too soon. Cat memorials can be a great way to celebrate life’s greatest kitty companions and keep their memories close. And the best pet portrait artists are the ones who can work with you to capture

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Dog Art Tutorials

How do you paint dog eyes realistically?

This video will focus in on how long it takes to put the finishing touches on a dog’s eyes. So I’ll take the piece from sketched-in all the way to fully rendered. This stage is important because before you see it with your own eyes, the rendering process can seem

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Mini Dog Painting in Oil on Canvas [Complete Video]

“Edge of the Table” Mini Dog Painting “Edge of the Table” is a new piece from my “Dogs at the Table” painting collection. In this 3-minute video, I’ll be completing a 6″x6″ mini oil painting in one sitting, using the alla prima or “wet on wet” technique. More dog painting

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Dog Ash Remembrance Pet Memorial Painting
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Dog Memorials: Celebrating A Lost Pet With Art

Dog Memorials: Paintings that Keep them Close The only downside to having pets is that they leave us too soon. Art can be a great way to celebrate life’s greatest companions and keep happy memories close. And the best pet portrait artists are the ones who can work with you

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Best Christmas Gifts for Dog Lovers
Giving Pet Portraits as Gifts

The Best Christmas Gifts for Dog Lovers [2018]

My Favourite Christmas Gifts from 2018 Finding the best Christmas gifts for dog lovers during the holidays can be a challenge. But sometimes you find one of those evergreen ideas that is meaningful, personal, and just keeps giving year after year. As a pet portrait artist, I get all sorts

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What to Expect When you Buy Pet Portrait Art

5 Stages of a Pet Portrait Oil Painting—with Examples

In this post I’ll walk you through the different steps I go through when painting realistic pet portraits from photos. With the examples, I’ll show you what to expect at the end of each phase, as well as what brushes and materials I’ve used to complete it. Early Stages  The reason

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