Five Things to Look For in a Pet Portrait 

If you’re in the market for a pet portrait, you’ll notice that there are a lot of options out there. There are hand-drawn portraits, hand-painted portraits, digital ones, and many more. So how do you know what option to go with? Well, here are five things to look for when you’re thinking about purchasing a custom pet portrait.

Quality and Reviews 

No matter what you’re purchasing, when you are shopping online it is very important to check the quality of what is being sold and the reviews of the person that is selling. There is no exception to this rule when you’re shopping for a pet portrait. Checking online reviews is a good start to notice any potential quality issues.

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Portrait Technique 

Whether you’re looking to get a pet portrait of your dog, your cat, multiple pets or otherwise, you are going to want to make sure that the artist you are considering has a technique and style that matches your aesthetic. Some artists will do hand-drawn or hand-painted pet portraits while others will create a custom pet portrait digitally. The last thing anyone wants is to spend money on a customized item that ends up being hidden away for not fitting in with the rest of the home decor, so make sure you’re putting a lot of thought into the technique you pick.

Portrait Style 

Going along with technique, each artist will have a different style. Before you place an order for your pet portrait, make sure that you’ll be paying for a style that you really like. Some artists prefer painting a minimalist portrait while others prefer adding more objects in the background.


If you’re ordering a pet portrait, you’re doing so to capture the essence of your pet to honor and remember them forever. That being said, you want to make sure that the artist you are thinking about hiring to create your pet portrait is going to be able to accurately depict your pet’s individual personality in their work. Along with providing pictures for your artist to go off of, check and see if they are willing to have a conversation with you about your pet. This way, you will be able to tell them all about what kind of pet you have. Be it playful, sleepy, cuddly, or energetic, having a conversation about your pet’s personality along with providing pictures can mean receiving a portrait of your pet instead of a portrait that looks like a generic pet picture.

Ways to Display 

Many pet portrait artists will offer their work in different mediums. Some ways that you can receive your pet portrait can include a canvas, pillow, blanket, coffee mug, and plenty more! When you’re purchasing a pet portrait, be it for yourself or someone else, be sure that the way the portrait is going to be displayed will make the person receiving it happy. If you’re unsure of exactly what way you’d like to have the pet portrait displayed just yet, or you’re not sure what the person you’re gifting it to will appreciate, some artists even offer their pet portraits to be delivered digitally!

Pet portraits from CustomBark are unique because they are hand painted without filters and can be created based on any photo of your pet. 

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