Category: Pet Paintings from Photos

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!

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Pet Paintings from Photos

Labrador Retriever Paintings in Oil — by Zann Hemphill

Labrador Retriever Wall Art over 5 Years I’ve been painting pet portraits professionally since 2017, and over that time there have been a LOT of labs! And there are a couple things I love about painting them. For one thing, having a dog that’s all one colour means I get

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Pet Paintings from Photos

Rabbit Portraits: Paintings in Oil you’ll Love

Life as a pet portrait artist who paints rabbits When most pet owners approach me for a pet portrait, they ask things like ‘how much do pet portraits cost’ or ‘how long do your paintings take’. But rabbit owners start off with… do you even paint rabbits?? Can you paint

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BC & Alberta Guide Dogs 25th Anniversary Painting
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BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Commission New Painting — 25th Anniversary

Celebrating a Puppy’s Journey to Become a Guide Dog The BC Guide Dogs society provides professionally trained guide dogs, autism service dogs, and PTSD service dogs for people in BC and Alberta. For their 25th Anniversary, Canadian artist Zann Hemphill was approached to create a piece celebrating the incredible dedication

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Pet Paintings from Photos

Painting a Black Dog in Oils [Video] with Buddy the Great Dane Puppy

Full Great Dane Painting Video (breakdown below) In this post, I’ll walk through what I’m doing when painting black dogs in more detail. Check out the video for a 3-minute demonstration! As with most animal paintings, everything starts with getting the anatomy right first and—then progressing through the different

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Dog Portrait Painting
Pet Paintings from Photos

Happy Dog Art by Canadian Painter

Happy Dog Art, Happy People From the contented company of an old friend to manic whole-body wags greeting me at the end of the day, nothing makes me smile quite like getting smiled at by a dog. I loved making each of these happy dog paintings because they show just

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Cat Portrait from Photo
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Amazing Pet Portraits from Photos (Before and After)

Making Pet Portraits from Photos I paint pet portraits from photos, using one or more of my clients’ favourite pics to start off. The “or more” part usually comes in when the piece is a gift or memorial. Getting a perfect reference photo isn’t as easy as grabbing your phone

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Horse Painting in Oil Pet Portrait from Photo
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How to Make a Horse Oil Painting in 5 Steps

Horse Oil Painting Featuring Luna the Mare This post goes through some of the unique challenges of painting horses from photos, as well as my complete painting process—start to finish. I go through these same steps with all of my pet portraits, starting with some digital mockups. Luna’s owners sent

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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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