About Custom Art Portraits - Picture Your Photo

Custom art made from your photo!

Your art is created with a digital tablet while my digital pen acts as a paintbrush.  Each tuft of fur is applied one stroke at a time and the process is similar to a traditional oil on canvas.

Step 1:  The Reference Photo

The reference photo is very important to the success of your finished art . The more detail I have in the photo the more detail I can add to your finished painting.  It's important to chose your favorite photo, one that really captures the spirit and especially the eyes of the subject.  (Unless it's a sleeping photo of course)

In the example below I have multiple dogs that the client wanted put into the same painting. 

Reference Photo for Art Portrait

Reference Photo example for digital paintings

Final piece of art of all dogs together

Step 2 - Creating backgrounds and foregrounds for custom art portraits

Every art portrait is one of a kind and I strive to make it uniquely yours.  I handcraft backgrounds and foregrounds to match your d├ęcor or your personal tastes adding custom colors, rolling landscapes, beaches or favorite flowers.

Custom art portraits

You and your pet together in art

Multiple pets together in one painting

Three cats from same household celebrated in art!

Step 3 - The heart of the art, the brushstrokes!

This is where the magic is made.  The texture and detail of my art is what I take the most pride in.  It is the most important part of the process and it's also the most time consuming.  Although this is a digital process, each brushstroke is applied by zooming in very close so I can paint one tuft of hair at a time in the direction of the fur or hair growth.  This technique maintains the details of the subject for quality and realism. For skin we use a much gentler pressure applying skin tones to create a polished, porcelain glow. 

Fur detail of pet portrait

Step 4 - Color and fine tuning of the portrait

The play between color and light is what makes art...well art. I will spend hours layering color and shading until it feels alive..  For pet paintings, my favorite part is the eyes, truly what I focus most on in my paintings, second of course the fur,  so real you could almost feel the softness! Every pet portrait is very special to me and I will put in the time and attention to detail to create a piece of art that will be treasured for years to come. 

Fur detail and color, contrast, light and dark

You approve before paying anything

Custom Art Portraits- Why choose Picture Your Photo

The great thing about digital paintings is you can love your art well beyond the limitations of a canvas.  My customers enjoy the freedom of choosing print, merchandise and download options to enjoy their art. 

Of course I love to see finished pieces on the big stretched canvas but it also looks great as a print, shared on Facebook or Twitter, made into a coffee mug or a cell phone cover. 

Fact is, I just want you to love and enjoy your pet's art

Your final art proof will be sent to you for approval so you can make as many changes as you like until it's perfect for you.  Once you approve and purchase your painting your high resolution digital version is sent to you.  From there you can make your art into pretty much anything you can imagine.  Best of all, our prices are just a fraction of a typical oil painting.  In other words, a forever memory for a great value.

Let's Get Started!!

Reach out to me using the CONTACT US link above or email for a quote - and be sure to send a photo of your subject.  (if there is  more than one photo please send each in a separate email to ensure delivery) . 

Tina Hartman


Picture Your Photo


Custom art portraits for dogs, cats small and large animals

  • Sweet Cece

    Cece's pet portrait. What a beautiful girl.

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