I love animals and think they make great subjects. I draw and photograph my own and the family's regularly and included them in many a painting.
The interesting bit comes when I am asked to paint someone else's animals that I've never seen before.
For this I have to rely on the owner's photos and here's some of the guidelines I give them.
|An elegant pose!|
- Your camera isn't really important. Most modern cameras, even on phones, take a very good picture. If you hold your camera as still as possible you're onto a winner.
- First of all take at least one photo of your whole pet, don't leave the feet or the tail out.
- Capture the pose you would like painted. (easier said than done I know)
- Then take lots of close-ups and from different angles, not just from how you see your pet but from down on their level.
Not easy to see the dog!
- In fact in this digital age take as many photos as possible, even if they're not in the pose you want.
- Daylight is best. Light from one side shows the best detail.
A good looking spaniel!
- Let the artist see the scale of your pet in relation to people and other animals.
- Consider the colour you want shown. Do your photos reflect that?
|Snap of the cat, a bit blurry.|
Many a portrait has been painted from an out of focus photo.
It makes the artist's task harder but not impossible.