Custom cat pet portraits make a wonderful gift. What better way to memorialise your feline friend for ever. But there is no need to wait until they have crossed the rainbow bridge! If you are still enjoying the companionship of your cat you have the advantage of taking photos specifically with a portrait drawing in mind, rather than only having a snapshot to remember him or her by.
Whether you opt for full colour or traditional black and white, I love capturing that special something that makes your cat unique. A close up will show off their expression and facial markings, while a full body drawing will highlight a favourite pose.
Many of my cat pet portraits are drawn as surprise gifts and can't be shared here (or at least until after they have been received by the delighted owner) but below are a few that I have been able to include.
Although some people are lucky enough to spend many years with their cats, that is not always the case. This lovely boy left his owners well before his time and their kind neighbours commissioned this picture as a memorial for them.
I actually drew him twice as I wasn't satisfied with my first attempt. It was my first time with thick, fluffy fur and I didn't quite capture it the first time around. He looked more like a Persian than a Maine Coone! In such situations I will alter a portrait if possible, but if not, then I start over in order to produce an improved version.
In this instance the completed work elicited tears not only from the owners of the cat but also the commissioner, Rob.
Henderson, a memorial portrait of a beautiful Maine Coone
Pet portraits are most often commissioned in colour, but sometimes an owner will request a graphite picture, as was the case with Leo, one of my early drawings.
He is a smart ginger and white fellow and the apple of Penny's eye. This was drawn from a phone snapshot which was actually a great portrait when you eliminated the background from the photo. Unusually for indoor shots, the lighting worked well, as the shadows and highlights helped to give form and shape to his facial structure. Without the benefit of colour it is helpful to have side lighting, as in this portrait, to help show that the chin, cheeks and nose come forward from the rest of the head.
Although much of the fur appears white, very little of this drawing was left as bare paper. A very light layer of graphite was laid over all but the highlighted areas on the bridge of the nose and the edges of the cheeks.
The shades of orange fur were depicted with softer grades of graphite which give a darker tone.
Leo, in graphite pencil
Your cat is as much a part of the family as any other member, and deserves a pencil portrait, in either colour or black and white. All I need to create that special memory for you is a clear photograph that shows its character, markings and fur directions.
If you would like a head and shoulders portrait then try to get the camera close enough, but not too close otherwise the photo can become distorted. Take care to include the tops of your pet's ears and enough of the neck to allow a natural stopping point unless you want an extreme close up as with the Wildcat at the top of the page.
Please use the contact page to drop me an e-mail so we can discuss your requirements. I would be happy to work with you to create that special cat pet portrait for your wall.