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Dog Models for Pet Portraits

Hi all. I want to get back into painting and am planning to start selling my artwork again.

I want to paint some portraits of purebred or common mixed breed dogs (bully breed x, doodles, puggles, etc) so I can have some paintings to sell to the public and post to my gallery.

I've done some portraits for some dogforum members in the past, but as I've gone through a few computers since then, I've lost a lot of the photos of those. If anyone has one by me though, feel free to post a pic to the thread.

Here's my website and some examples of my artwork
Gallery - Art by Meghan Burke







But anyways, I need models. I will paint your dog for free. If you decide you want to buy the portrait later I will do a significantly reduced price for (regular) dog forum members. If your dog is very unique looking and you still want a portrait, I can do that if you're willing to buy the portrait yourself (again, I can give you a discount). I can also use other animals for models or commissions if you have a cat or something. I'm best at dogs though.
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This is my havanese:

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Very cute! I'd love to paint him. Do you have a good picture of either his face, or maybe a good action shot (running, catching a ball, playing, etc). Also, are you at all interested in buying the painting after, or are you just volunteering him as a model? (You don't have to commit to buying it but if you think you'd want to buy it you could choose the background color).
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7 months old (only good action picture I have)


3 months


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I am only offering her as a model

PS: she is a girl
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It took me a couple of months to start the picture. In December I painted a couple of portraits as Christmas gifts- a portrait of my sister's hedgehog and a portrait of Mia for my parents. And then in January I painted a picture of the Rainbow Fish as a commissioned gift for my new cousin's Christening.

I don't have a photo of the Mia portrait. It came out SO well I wanted to keep it. But I guess I'll have to paint another for myself.

Here are the other paintings I did, and the progress I've made on Pantalanomin's Havanese. Painting fluffy dogs is so hard! With them it's more about texture than structure. When I paint short haired animals I can focus on structure instead.
First I sketch the portrait. Then I paint in blocks of color as underpaint. And then I paint the details and texture on top of that.

For the silver scales, I actually happened to have iridescent silver paint. I had bought it on a whim years ago but I knew it would come in handy someday!


Eloise Cupcake the Hedgehog




The bad quality of the photos is really frustrating to me, it's not a good way to share my art. The pieces look so much nicer in real life, I'm kind of embarrassed by the photos. The colors and textures look different. But I only have my iphone camera and it's going to be a LONG time until I can afford a nice camera.
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Nice! The hedgehog is my favorite the expression is perfect.

Do you still need photos?
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Nice! The hedgehog is my favorite the expression is perfect.

Do you still need photos?
I would love some more photos! It's slow going but I'm trying to paint more in my free time!
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