Lotti Brown Designs

-- I create art for people who like to take the time to savour the beauty of the natural world around us -- Pet Art & Custom Pet Portraits - Wildlife & Bird Art - Floral Art - Nature-Inspired Surface Pattern Designs --

Custom Pet Portraits by Lotti Brown - Celebrate that Special Bond with Your Pet

Choose Lotti Brown’s custom pet portraits to celebrate the special bond between you and your pet.

Pet art and custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Pet art and custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Do you want to celebrate your furry friend being part of your family? Or are you looking for the perfect personal gift for someone really special - something unusual,  something that will make them beam with pleasure, something that shows how much you care?

My custom pet portraits are a unique, colourful, and wonderful way to celebrate the special part that our pets play in our lives...

When a pet shares your home, they become a treasured part of your family. You get to know their little quirks and foibles and begin to really understand and appreciate their unique personality.

Whether you are ‘parent’ to a devoted dog, or have been volunteered into the role of head housekeeper to a cuddly cat, you and your pet share a very special bond.

You belong to each other.

It is this very special connection that I create my  pet portraits to celebrate – the way your pet looks at you, and what your pet means to you.

It’s not just your pet. I can include additional detail in the pet portrait, such as flowers, foliage, scenes or patterns which reflect the special bond between you and your pet. Perhaps a treasured memory, a personal meaning, or a quirky style. It is this that makes your pet portrait extra special.

Love the portrait, it is unique and individual, and really captures the likeness and shows the character of our son’s dog, who incidentally lives in Australia!
— Mrs J, Yorkshire

Greyhounds double pet portrait

What you Get

  • Framed and mounted fine art giclée print – ready to hang in your home
  • Original preparatory sketch of your pet – the original working drawing in pen and ink on 300gsm card, which I used to create your final artwork
  • High-resolution digital artwork* so that you can use your pet portrait as a screen saver or print onto phonecases, cushion covers, tote bags or more (*for your own personal use only - not for commercial use without a licence)

How do the Custom Pet Portraits Work?

I can create your contemporary pet portrait from a photo.

  • I use a digital photo that you provide. We can choose one together and talk about what will work best.
  • I draw your pet with pen and ink. If required, I separately draw flowers or other elements that have meaning to you or the recipient, or that just look pretty, to include in the artwork.
  • I scan my drawing into the computer and use a digital illustration programme to combine the pet drawing with a hand-painted background and other drawn motifs, in order to create the final artwork.
My signed and dated sketch drawing will be sent to you as part of your pet portrait package

My signed and dated sketch drawing will be sent to you as part of your pet portrait package

The completed artwork will be sent to you ready to hang as a framed and mounted high quality fine art giclee print.

I also send you the preparatory sketch I created of your pet, done in pen and ink on 300gsm card...

And a high-resolution digital version of your artwork which you can use as a screen saver or get your pet portrait printed onto cushions, bags, phone-cases and more (for your own personal use only – not for commercial use without a licence from me).

International service available.

 

Below you can see a behind-the-scenes of the creative process - click on any of these images below to see them full-size...

Rough collie pet portait

Rough collie pet portait

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I gave my friend her picture yesterday at long last. I have never seen anyone so thrilled. They love it. So many thanks once again.
— Mrs D, Yorkshire

Here are some examples of photos that work well for making a pet portrait from (below). If you’re not sure if your photo is good enough, please just ask me.

Making Sure the Photo is Suitable

Getting the right photo for your personal pet portrait is very important.

As much as we might wish differently, a poor photo does not translate into stunning art.

A charming, close-up photo where your pet has a winsome expression will help to make your final artwork so much better.

So much relies on the quality of your original photo.

Some top tips for making your pet portrait from a photo a success.

For better results:

  • Get down to the same level as your pet
  • Concentrate on the face of your pet
  • Centre on the eyes – make sure they are open
  • Take the photo while your pet is relaxed and happy – perhaps resting after play or while sat quietly, chewing a favourite chew-toy
  • Try and attract your pet’s attention so that they look at you while you take the photo - but it doesn't matter if they look away.

Have a few attempts so that you can choose the best one or two for your custom pet portrait. 

Make sure your photo is:

  • Clear and in focus with detail visible in the face in particular
  • A reasonable size
  • Your pet must be the main subject of the photo, reasonably close up, and not obscured by other people, pets or things.

Don't have a photo?

If you don't have a photo handy for your custom pet or animal artwork, please ask me when you get in touch and I may be able to source a photo of a particular breed or species to help create the artwork you want...

 

Deciding on a Plain or Decorative Background

One of the first things to decide on will be whether you want to have a plain or decorative background to your pet portrait. 

It's very much a personal choice, so I just wanted to show you a few examples of each so that you can better see what's involved in each option...

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Decorative Backgrounds

Decorative backgrounds can often have meaning for the pet owner, such as a special flower with a personal attachment or with a meaning from the Language of Flowers.

This could be a specific flower you choose to have included or you can tell me some stories about your pet and I can decide on some suitable flowers or ideas to create the decorative background for you. Sometimes, you might just want something pretty, a field or some flowers.

The colour scheme can be up to you, too, to go with a particular room scheme or personal preference.

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Plain Backgrounds

Plain backgrounds aren't perfectly flat and plain - they have subtle blends of colour to add interest to your artwork (which are created from hand-painted fabric scanned into the computer).

Plain background pet portraits can have a lot of impact and it really puts the focus on your pet and makes sure they're the star of the show.

You can choose the exact background colour if you want or leave it completely up to me. I can work with your colour preferences or a room colour scheme.

Sometimes neutrals are nice as your pet portrait can continue to adorn your wall even through several colour scheme changes. 

If you're not sure, I can do a few background colour options for you to choose from, or tweak one until it's just the right shade.

Click on an image below to see the full version...

Commissioned custom pet portrait 2017 - plain background with some personal elements added

Commissioned custom pet portrait 2017 - plain background with some personal elements added

If you'd like one or two extra elements added, perhaps a single flower, or some meaningful words as part of the background, these can be quoted for on a bespoke basis.

Want a decorative background but not sure what?

If you know just what you'd like included, that's great - but if you know you'd like something for the decorative background, but you've no idea what, don't worry...

Just tell me about your pet and it's my job as an artist to put that into a visual representation for you.

That's why I love to find out about you and your pet, what your pet means to you, and what you love about your pet...

So that I can make it into the perfect artwork for you!

 

Custom pet portrait case study - Lidio, little Spanish rescue dog in Yorkshire (opens in a new window)

 

Framing

I have a small range of carefully selected, high quality frames for you to select from. These are individually handmade for your order by Fine Art Guild Commended Framers.

Click the images below to see them larger...

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Your Frame

The frames are beautiful solid wood with your choice of smooth black paint, silver-colour mottled leaf finish, or gold-colour distressed leaf finish.

 

The frames are of sturdy construction with MDF backing, precision cut, pinned, and put together with high-tech equipment and fitted with ultra-clear Clarity+ acrylic glazing for safety.

 

Your artwork is mounted as standard in a warm-white double mount of conservation-grade quality. Coloured mounts can be selected as part of your custom pet portrait.

More details about materials and techniques used in the framing here.

If you already have a favourite frame in mind or would like to choose your own frame, I can send the artwork mounted and ready to frame, or unframed and unmounted (sent rolled in a tube – ideal for overseas delivery) – or as my service is always bespoke to you, I can help you select a frame from the large range offered by my trusted framers.

 
Colourful, contemporary and fun Westie pet portrait

Colourful, contemporary and fun Westie pet portrait

Sample Custom Pet Portrait Prices

Prices may vary depending on your exact requirements for your own custom pet portrait and the work involved.

I often work in a square format, but this isn't always the right option for a particular portrait, or customer.

I will quote you for exactly what you want, whether it's a completely plain background, highly decorated or anywhere in between...

And if you feel stuck for ideas, just tell me about your pet, yourself, and your home - and I'll come up with something great for you...

 

 

Your portrait package includes:

My original preparatory sketch of your pet will also be sent to you as part of your pet portrait package

My original preparatory sketch of your pet will also be sent to you as part of your pet portrait package

  • Framed and mounted fine art giclée print – ready to hang in your home
  • Original preparatory sketch of your pet – the original working drawing in pen and ink on 300 gsm card, which I used to create your final artwork
  • High-resolution digital artwork* so that you can use your pet portrait as a screen saver or print onto phonecases, cushion covers, tote bags or more (*for your own personal use only - not for commercial use without a licence)

Your artwork is just for you – I don’t sell prints of your pet.

 

Additional postage charges will apply depending on your location – sample postage charges to the UK and Ireland are shown.  

 
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Sample price for one pet and plain/simple background

(P&P to be added)

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 200mm x 200mm square print (approx. 8” x 8”) - £395

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 300mm x 300mm square print (approx. 12” x 12”) - £425

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 400mm x 400mm square print (approx. 16” x 16”) - £475

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 500mm x 500mm square print (approx. 20” x 20”) - £565

Other print sizes are also available. P&P will be extra and charged at cost, which is dependent on your location.

For a framed print of the above sizes: P&P to UK destinations will be charged at £8.50; P&P to Republic of Ireland will be charged at £18.50. Other destinations, please enquire for a quote.

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Sample price for one pet and floral/patterned background

(P&P to be added)

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 200mm x 200mm square print (approx. 8” x 8”) - £575

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 300mm x 300mm square print (approx. 12” x 12”) - £605

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 400mm x 400mm square print (approx. 16” x 16”) - £655

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 500mm x 500mm square print (approx.20” x 20”) - £745

Other print sizes are also available. P&P will be extra and charged at cost, which is dependent on your location.

For a framed print of the above sizes: P&P to UK destinations will be charged at £8.50; P&P to Republic of Ireland will be charged at £18.50. Other destinations, please enquire for a quote.

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Sample price for two pets and plain/simple background

(P&P to be added)

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 200mm x 200mm square print (approx. 8” x 8”) - £675

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 300mm x 300mm square print (approx.12” x 12”) - £705

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 400mm x 400mm square print (approx.16” x 16”) - £755

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 500mm x 500mm square print (approx.20” x 20” print - £845

Other print sizes are also available. P&P will be extra and charged at cost, which is dependent on your location.

For a framed print of the above sizes: P&P to UK destinations will be charged at £8.50; P&P to Republic of Ireland will be charged at £18.50. Other destinations, please enquire for a quote.

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Sample price for two pets and floral/patterned background

(P&P to be added)

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 200mm x 200mm square print (approx. 8” x 8”) - £1,095

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 300mm x 300mm square print (approx. 12” x 12”) - £1,125

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 400mm x 400mm square print (approx. 16” x 16”) - £1,175

-- Custom artwork plus framed and mounted 500mm x 500mm square print (approx.20” x 20”) - £1,265

Other print sizes are also available. P&P will be extra and charged at cost, which is dependent on your location.

For a framed print of the above sizes: P&P to UK destinations will be charged at £8.50; P&P to Republic of Ireland will be charged at £18.50. Other destinations, please enquire for a quote.

“I can’t thank you enough, Lotti, for this absolutely amazing picture of my special ladies.

You have captured each of their expressions exactly.

I am blown away by every aspect of it, the detail, the thought that has gone in to it...
— Mrs H, Hampshire
Corgi pet portrait

Corgi pet portrait

Please use the form below to contact me and tell me about your pet and what you'd like from your custom pet portrait. We can discuss what you'd like and I will send you a no-obligation quote...

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Please tell me about your pet and any initial thoughts or ideas you have about your custom pet portrait. There is no facility for sending photos with this form but I will need to see your pet photos, so please have a few good photos (ideally around 4) ready to send me when I reply.

Thanks for sending me your information. I will be in touch soon, usually within a few days. Please, have your photos ready to show me when I reply.

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