top of page
  • gemmanolan92

Colourful Companions: Why Coloured Pencil Pet Portraits Make Great Gifts

There’s no denying that every pet owner has a deep and emotional connection to their furry friend(s). They are not just animals, but integral (and adorable!) parts of our lives and families. With that in mind, why would you not want a beautiful, hand-drawn portrait to celebrate and commemorate that special bond with your pet!

If you're considering purchasing a portrait of your pet, with everything from traditional paintings and photography to digital interpretations available, you may be wondering what style to go for. As an artist, I primarily work with coloured pencils and I’ve put together some reasons why you might want to choose a hand-drawn, photo-realistic, coloured pencil portrait of your furry (feathered, shelled, or even hooved) friend!

Capturing their unique personality and character

The photo-realistic nature of my portraits allows me to focus on capturing your pet's unique personality in a way that a photo simply can’t. I use colour, texture and very sharp pencils to bring out tiny details that encapsulate the essence of your pet, and highlight their unique features and quirks.

A timeless and traditional feel

While digital art has evolved massively in recent years and is an amazing artistic medium in itself, there’s just something wonderfully charming about a piece of art that has been created by an artist’s fair hands (mine in this instance!). Every individual pencil stroke I make will give your piece a timeless feel that will never go out of style, and can be passed down through generations as a cherished family heirloom.

A personal and meaningful gift

A hand-drawn portrait of a pet can make for a truly personal and meaningful gift for any pet lover for any occasion in their life. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding or even a gotcha day, a drawing of a pet can show your loved one how much you care about them and their furry friend. Sadly, many of the requests I get are also for commemorative portraits. Losing a pet is undoubtedly a devastating experience, and it can be hard to find ways to commemorate the life of a beloved member of the family. For these types of commissions, my main focus is capturing the true likeness of the pet so that the portrait can be cherished as a lasting tribute to their memory.

Customisable to your preferences

To create all of my portraits, I work closely with my clients to allow them to customise the piece to their preferences. From choosing the perfect photo for me to work from, to the size, background and any other details like names or inscriptions, I’m always happy to consider any aspect that will make the portrait more personal and unique to you.

If you’ve been considering commissioning a pet portrait for yourself or a loved-one, I hope this has given an insight into why they make the ultimate gift for any and all pet lovers or just the perfect treat for yourself. Should you wish to take the next step and commission a portrait, simply get in touch via my contact form or drop me a message on Facebook or Instagram!


Recent Posts

See All


Post: Blog2 Post
bottom of page