Category: How to Paint Animals

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!

Pet Portrait Painter Artist Zann Hemphill
How to Paint Animals

10 Unique Discoveries in the Pet Painting Studio

In this post, we’ll share 10 unexpected discoveries from the Paws By Zann pet portrait studio. These range from on-easel insights about lighting and brushwork to answering brass-tacks questions about fixing dented canvas. Zann works in oil paints, creating custom portraits of dogs, cats, and horses. She also creates handmade

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Cat painting before and after background of black
Cat Art Tutorials

How A Black Background Improved This Cat Painting [Video]

Cat Painting Before the Black Firstly, let’s take a look at how this cat painting, featuring Mimou (what a cutie) got started. I started by working on white fur in the shadows. While I knew in my head these were white, my eyes couldn’t help but read “Brown and Blue”.

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Custom Vinyl Sticker of Your Dog Process
How to Paint Animals

How to Make a Cute Vinyl Sticker of Your Dog

How to Turn a Line Drawing of Your Dog into a Custom Vinyl Sticker in 5 Steps (or 1) My town (Nanaimo) seems to love stickers. Especially on cars. And we definitely love our dogs. So naturally I’ve gotten a few requests to make custom vinyl stickers of pets, and needed

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how to paint a golden retriever dog video
Dog Art Tutorials

How to Paint a Golden Retriever [Video Demo]

In the Studio with a Golden Retriever Painting I’d like to share a recent golden retriever painting from my pet portrait studio This 8″ x 10″ Golden Retriever Painting (in oil) came together over several hours. In this video I’ll show you the process I use to get the lighting,

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Dog Eye Painting Oil Process Video
How to Paint Animals

How to Paint Dog and Cat Eyes Properly [4 Videos]

Learning How to Paint Dogs & Cats? It’s All About the Eyes Zann Hemphill is a professional pet portrait artist. Visit her gallery here. People often remind me that the eyes are the most important part of any portrait. Done well, they bring the subject to life! Done poorly, and

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Dog Art Tutorials

Watch this Beautiful Sunny Dog Painting in a 6-Minute Video

Oliver’s Sunny Dog Painting: 2 Days in 6 Minutes Pet Portraits by Zann This beautiful golden dog was a perfect sun-drenched subject for a dog painting that went on to become a beloved Christmas gift. In the reference photo, I loved how the greens of the water contrasted Oliver’s warm

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Dog Art Tutorials

How to Paint German Shepherd Fur: Full Process Video

How to Paint German Shepherd Fur This video gives a step-by-steo breakdown of the alla-prima (wet-on-wet) painting technique I use to create the textures, colours and shading in German Shepherd’s beautiful fur. These techniques are some of my favourites to use in all my breed portraits! I love how the

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Dog Art Tutorials

The Ultimate Guide on How to Paint Dog Noses

My Journey in Painting Dog Noses I’m a professional pet portrait artist, and I’d like to share with you what I know about dog noses. They’re a hugely important feature in a dog’s face, and fall into that unfortunate category of things that are familiar enough we know when they’re

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