I wanted to share a couple of my latest pet portrait commissions, Flex and Hogan. Flex's portrait was done earlier in the year and was in memoriam of a wonderful feline family member. Flex was an all black cat with a small patch of white on his belly. While he had many favorite spots in the house, we decided he looked best on his cat tower, overseeing his kingdom. Flex was a bit camera shy, and so I used several photos of him to piece together this regal portrait. After the painting was complete, a black, gold, and red frame was selected, and the portrait hangs in the client's home, where I have no doubt he is cherished daily.
In the short video below, you can see how I went about painting his face.
Then there is Hogan, who has the perfect "puppy dog eyes." His portrait was a surprise for the client's brother, and from all I have heard, they were delighted to receive it. His portrait below was based on a photo where he had just had a fresh haircut. His dog bed was added for context. For this painting, a black and pewter frame was chosen to compliment him.
Below is a reel from my Instagram account, @hollybianchi_art of Hogan's portrait process. This video is a bit more in-depth from drawing to painting to varnishing and framing.
Both Flex and Hogan were a joy to paint. Being someone who has always loved animals, they are some of my favorite subjects. If you are thinking of gifting a pet portrait this upcoming holiday season, I have a few commission openings left and would love to hear from you. Contact me here to get started.