Category: Uncategorized

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!

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”.

Read More »
Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Zann
Creating Compositions

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

Read More »
Pet Art Lighting in Pet Portraits
How to get great reference photos

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

Read More »
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

Read More »
Angelic Heavenly Pet Memorial Painting
Creating Compositions

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

Read More »

4 Pieces of Corgi Art You Need to See Right Now

Looking for Corgi art that will make you smile? Look no further. This oil painting series features one of my favourite breeds (the welsh corgi) and hones right in on their fluffy unders. More Pet Portrait Paintings by Zann 1: Cheeky Corgi Why corgi bums? Why Corgi Art at all?

Read More »