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.

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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

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.

The completed artwork will be sent to you as a high quality fine art, giclee print or canvas at whatever size you prefer.

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

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

Making Sure the Photo is Suitable

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

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.

Commissioned custom pet portrait 2017

Commissioned custom pet portrait 2017

 

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...

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.

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 background colour (or leave it up to me) and 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...

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.

 

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 see what I can come up with that you might like...

Price includes your custom pet portrait from photo and an unframed and unmounted giclee art print of the specified size (additional postage charges will apply).  

Sample price for two pets and plain/simple background (P&P to be added)

  • Custom artwork plus 8” x 8” print - £325
  • Custom artwork plus 12” x 12” print - £330
  • Custom artwork plus 16” x 16” print - £340
  • Custom artwork plus 20” x 20” print - £350
  • Custom artwork plus 24” x 24” print - £360
  • Custom artwork plus 36” x 36” print - £395
  • Custom artwork plus 48” x 48” print - £445

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

Sample price for two pets and floral/patterned background (P&P to be added)

  • Custom artwork plus 8” x 8” print - £435
  • Custom artwork plus 12” x 12” print - £440
  • Custom artwork plus 16” x 16” print - £450
  • Custom artwork plus 20” x 20” print - £460
  • Custom artwork plus 24” x 24” print - £470
  • Custom artwork plus 36” x 36” print - £505
  • Custom artwork plus 48” x 48” print - £555

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

Sample price for one pet and plain/simple background (P&P to be added)

  • Custom artwork plus 8” x 8” print - £180
  • Custom artwork plus 12” x 12” print - £185
  • Custom artwork plus 16” x 16” print - £195
  • Custom artwork plus 20” x 20” print - £205
  • Custom artwork plus 24” x 24” print - £215
  • Custom artwork plus 36” x 36” print - £250
  • Custom artwork plus 48” x 48” print - £300

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

Sample price for one pet and floral/patterned background (P&P to be added)

  • Custom artwork plus 8” x 8” print - £290
  • Custom artwork plus 12” x 12” print - £295
  • Custom artwork plus 16” x 16” print - £305
  • Custom artwork plus 20” x 20” print - £315
  • Custom artwork plus 24” x 24” print - £325
  • Custom artwork plus 36” x 36” print - £360
  • Custom artwork plus 48” x 48” print - £410

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

“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

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.

Please note that I am now fully booked for custom pet portraits to be delivered in time for Christmas 2017 but I'm open for orders into the new year... please, get in touch...

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Please tell me about your pet and any 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.

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously