Below are a selection of portraits completed to date for clients in pastels, pencil and oils. At Yorkshire Pet Portraits, dog portraits in both pastels and oils have strong colours, and are highly detailed and realistic. Portraits in oils have traditionally been considered superior to portraits created in other colour media but it's not the case at Yorkshire Pet Portraits. Both oil and pastel portraits are equally stunning and it's entirely down to your preference and budget. Scroll down to find your favourite!
"That looks great, thank you so much!"
"I can't wait to get it on the living room wall!"
This portrait was commissioned to remember Cassie who had recently passed away after 14 happy years with the family. The best photo was chosen from a selection of four high quality photos sent by the owner and the background colour, mottled grey, was selected to compliment the colours ...CLICK FOR MORE >
This pastel portrait of Pippa was commissioned as a present for a husband's special birthday. The photo used for the portrait was taken during a photo session by Yorkshire Pet Portraits. Trying to capture Pippa's unique pose of casually-crossed-paws-when-lying-down proved a challenge too far though! ...CLICK FOR MORE >
I produced this portrait as a thank you gift for a friend who is a huge Indiana Jones film fan. Even his dog is called "Indy", named after film character whose father had a dog called Indiana. The story goes that such was the affection for the dog, he adopted the name himself. This Indy is one of the nicest ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"After losing our black Labrador, Millie, back in May I gave Andrew the task of making Millie's photo into a pastel portrait in time for a Christmas present to my mum and dad. Andrew was very helpful and efficient at getting back to me with any questions ... "CLICK FOR MORE >
"It's wonderful! Can't wait to get it framed."
Pippa had recently passed away and this pastel portrait was commissioned by the owner. Whilst the photograph on which it's based is missing the right hand side, this could be fairly easily reconstructed. The beautiful subtle colours of Pippa, on a background paper from a similar palette, really did lend ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"It looks fantastic! I'm so pleased and am sure my friend will love it too."
Commissioned as a present for a friend after the loss of Henry. The challenge with this 20" x 16" pastel portrait was to capture the "hairyness" of Henry in just the right amount and also the various colours his hair is made up from. Like all portraits I've found, there are so many subtle colours in animals ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"It was well worth the wait, I'm delighted and I'm sure my partner will be also, it is a birthday present for him." CLICK FOR MORE >
A montage of family pets with a dales-like background. Each of the animals were taken from individual photographs and then scaled to the correct size relative to each other and the composition left to right arranged. The initial idea for the two cats on the right was for them to be sat on hay bales but they ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the portrait of Milly, it's absolutely beautiful ..." CLICK FOR MORE >
"It looks amazing!"
A 16" x 16" pastel portrait commissioned as a mum's present. A running theme for surprise presents for other people is the difficulty ... CLICK FOR MORE >
This oil painting of Honey sat in the grass was commissioned as a 'Long Service Award' from a company ... CLICK FOR MORE >
Below is a portrait of the owner's first dog by another artist, the grass background was reproduced on Dexi's portrait to create a complimenting image. Below are photographs of Dexi including the one chosen for the portrait. CLICK FOR MORE >
Commissioned by the owner and his wife after the passing of Amber. The original photo on which the portrait is based included a few bluebells in the background which have been carried over into the portrait. The only modification required to the image of Amber was to remove the harness ... CLICK FOR MORE >
Commissioned as a Christmas present for friends, this large bold painting celebrates labradors, Toffee and Fudge and a much loved family home. Painted on a deep box canvas, the purple area on the left is designed to evoke memories of the distinctive purple front door of the house with the red ...CLICK FOR MORE >
"That's fabulous! Thank you so much. I can't wait to see it and give it my friend, she will love it."
This pastel portrait of Georgia was commissioned as 30th birthday present for a friend. The portrait is 20" x 16" and uses a ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Just to let you know Ben is in situ and he looks fantastic. He looks so lifelike its made us tearful but in a good way. I posted the pic on face book with the comment. "Ben is finally home thanks to Andrew Howard at Yorkshire Pet Portraits" and we have had so many ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"It looks amazing! :-)"
This portrait of Ben and Floss was commissioned for a mum's 60th birthday present. Double portraits are always tricky to arrange as ideally both dogs need to be in the same photo or it had to be done as two separate 'mini' portraits due to the angle you are viewing the dogs. Also if one dog is photographed ... CLICK FOR MORE >
20" x 16" pastel portrait of Bess commissioned as a partner's wedding present. The background paper colour, (called 'Honey'), is almost ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"I just wanted to tell you that Steve was absolutely delighted with the portrait - he was over the moon! Thank you again for a super portrait."
Pastel portrait of a beautiful Red Setter commissioned as a husband's birthday present, requiring a couple of discreet photo sessions to get the perfect shot. Slightly tricky to do from a technical point of view, the highlights and shadows on Bopp's hairs are very close together and there are many of them ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"My dad loved it, thanks Andrew, outstanding quality as usual!"
Commissioned as a 65th birthday present, the photographs for this portrait Max and Purdey were quite a challenge to obtain! As to be expected, trying to capture a great photo of one dog can be enough of a battle but two to get photos of two dogs that work well together can almost border on the impossible ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Wow...brilliant thanks! Tegs cried (happy not sad) when she saw Asty's portrait! "
Portrait of 'Asty', the dog named after an Aston Martin. The portrait of 'Aston Martwyn' to give him his full name, (Wyn to reflect his Welsh home) has a frame and background sprayed in the 1980's Aston Martin car colour, Cumberland Grey, and features an amended Aston Martin badge that ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Our Troy portrait is framed and in our front room, everyone loves it!"
This pencil portrait of Troy was commissioned as a present for a husband having seen a previous small pencil sketch of a pointer by Yorkshire Pet Portraits. Produced A4 size, the finished portrait was a complete surprise when collected as he'd been given no indication of where they were travelling ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Received the picture - it is Fantastic!"
Produced as a prize for one lucky winner in a competition hosted by Northern Wolf sled dog group,www.northernwolf.co.uk, this pastel portrait of a malamute puppy was produced 20" x 16". CLICK FOR MORE >
"Thank you Andrew, it looks amazing. My mum and dad will love it. It looks so much like my boy."
Commissioned as a parent's Christmas present in the previous October, this oil painting of 'Jasper' was painted on a 20" x 16" canvas board using the photo on the left as the basis for the portrait. The green grass background was removed and replaced with a plain studio-like backdrop. Not an easy portrait ... CLICK FOR MORE >
This 16" x 16" pastel portrait of Harry was produced as a family's Christmas present, a black and white photo was supplied for the portrait. CLICK FOR MORE >
"My husband loves the painting the entire family think it is wonderful and his dad even recognized exactly where the background is! I've taken it in to be framed today and then it will live in the dining room along with the portrait of my horses."
Commissioned as a special present for a 30th birthday, this pastel portrait of Jess and Jip was a very carefully composed and ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"Bloody hell Andrew! That looks absolutely excellent."
Pastel portrait of Magnus commissioned as birthday present for the customer's girlfriend. A selection of the photographs supplied of the wonderful Magnus and his partner in crime, Murdoch. CLICK FOR MORE >
"Thank you for the portrait, it looks great!"
This little portrait of the late family dog was commissioned as a Christmas present for parents. The missing bits of the photograph could be easily added to the portrait using photograph from the internet for reference. CLICK FOR MORE >
This oil painting of Wally was commissioned as a 40th birthday present for the owner's wife. A selection of photos from the 'extensive' photo shoot consisting of 63 photographs taken in 20 minutes by the artist is shown below! CLICK FOR MORE >
First portrait with a vivid pink background, the pastel portrait was commissioned as a 21st birthday present. Framed in a black frame with a white mount, this portrait uses just 3 colours and results in a striking, almost symmetrical looking image. CLICK FOR MORE >
"It's stunning!! Even more beautiful than it looked in the picture - she just seems to leap off the the page!"
In early 2012, the climatic scene of the then new James Bond film 'Skyfall' was being filmed on Hankley Common in Surrey. As an avid James Bond fan, I was keenly monitoring news of the film's progress through various websites. A huge mock-up of a manor house had been constructed on ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"I LOVE IT! Thank you very much, look forward to seeing it in the flesh!"
This pastel portrait of Rogan and Poppy was commissioned as a 20th wedding anniversary present for a husband, inspired by a similar portrait given as his wedding present! To compliment his portrait of Zac, their dog at the time of their wedding, Rogan and Poppy's portrait was based on two photos ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"It's looking good!"
This oil painting of Senga was commissioned as a surprise 50th birthday present for a husband using the photo below as the basis. ... CLICK FOR MORE >
"That's perfect - absolutely spot-on!!"
Commissioned as a husband's Christmas present, this large a striking portrait of Boomer hangs in the hallway and greets everyone who visits! CLICK FOR MORE >
"It looks fantastic you have done a wonderful job and captured Poppy as she really is.
Poppy's portrait was produced as a Christmas present. Unfortunately the best photo of her wasn't complete so the two photograph had to be carefully joined together for this oil painting portrait! CLICK FOR MORE >
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