Creating Your Pet Portraits
There are few things better than immortalising your pet in a beautiful piece of artwork. Either commissioned yourself or received as a present from a friend or loved one, it is something that you can treasure forever. There are a number of different mediums that artists can recreate your pet from including a pencil sketch, painting or even wood carving. I however am obviously partial to a hand embroidered piece. I find that cotton or silk thread can perfectly emulate fur, feathers, hair or scales in a way that no other medium can.
When I first start off a new piece, selecting a great reference photograph is a great place to start. It is best that this shows off not only the beauty of your pet but also expresses their unique personality so that I can ensure that this is shown in the final piece. Portraits can either be a full body or a ‘floating head’ or somewhere in between depending on budget and your desired effect. Other things to consider include overall size of the piece and whether it is in a hoop (circular) or in stretcher bars (square/rectangular). Apart from the obvious differences in shape an embroidery hoop allows for staining of the wood to alter the shade where as with stretcher bars the fabric wraps over the edges.
This is purely a personal preference as I can never decide what I prefer! However I do aim to advise and help with these decisions to ensure that the final product is perfect for you.
Probably the main decision in my eyes is the colour of fabric to go for. Whether it be bright yellow, moss green or a neutral stone, there is no end to the possibilities! I again am here to help with this choice and to recommend what might complement the colours of your lovely pet.
Before I commence stitching I do like to send some images for approval of any sketches and the final fabric. Once that is all done I can get going!
It usually takes between 15-30 hours depending on the piece and how many pets are in the portrait. I will let you know a timescale from your first email so that you know when to expect your piece but it can take anywhere between 1-4 weeks depending on busy periods. If you need it within a time limit, say for a present, then I will always do my best to meet your requirements.
I create them by gradually building up layers and shades and thousands of stitches.
I like to share my progress of each piece on my Instagram account so you can track the progress there or I can email you some images. If however it is a secret gift then let me know and I would not post any pictures until the recipient had received their gift!
Once the piece is complete it is ready to be sent to you and you can start enjoying and showing off your pet portrait!
I love seeing picture of my artwork with your pets and in your home so feel free to send me any or tag me in your posts, (@artisiastudio).