My Pet Portrait Process

When it comes to art, the process is just as important as the finished piece.  I love making custom pet portraits and every one is unique.  I often approach them each a little differently depending on my mood but this is generally how I make my portraits...

I start by organizing the reference photos from the customer.  I am going to write a post with tips for taking great photos of your pet soon!  So be on the lookout!

It helps when I am given several photos to choose from! Here, I have chosen my favorite angle of Tuco, but have the others handy for color reference as well as fur detail and general likeness and personality of the pet!

Then I roughly sketch the portrait, scan it in, and digitize it in Adobe Illustrator.


This give me flexibility and nice crisp vector lines.  I can now increase/decrease line weight, make minor adjustments, and design the background.

Next, I bring the vector illustration into Photoshop, where I complete the coloring of the portrait....

If you're interested in commissioning a pet portrait, visit my website for more info and to place your order!


Tiffany Everett


Tiffany Everett

Hi, My husband and I are interested in ordering two different portraits of our beloved pet who has passed away. Would you be able to create two different portraits of the same dog? The goal is to have the portrait tattooed. We just love your take on pets.

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