Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits in Pencil and Coloured Pencil to Commission by UK Pet Portrait Artist

Pet portraits make wonderful gifts and keepsakes!

Pet portrait artist Anna Shipstone carefully blends and builds the colours in her pet

portraits – the result glows with colour, bringing your pet to life. Or for a more

simplistic look, Anna will also draw your pet in graphite pencil. To read more, and

see pet portraits in progress, click the "pet portraits tutorial" link, left of the page.

To discuss your pet portrait, simply Email your favourite pet photos. The artist will

edit your pictures if necessary, and email suggested compositions back to you.

To see how a pencil portrait can improve on your photo, click here.


A non-refundable deposit is required to secure larger pet portrait commissions.


Pencil Pet Portrait



Pet Portraits – Pricing


portrait pricing




Depending on complexity, backgrounds may cost extra.

Postage is £6.00 (UK.) All pet portraits are sent insured.

Please Contact the Artist about pet portraits of 4+ animals.


You will have the chance to approve your pet drawing before you pay

but pet portraits cannot be dispatched without cleared payment.






Pet Portrait, 6×8"

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12×16" Pet Portrait – Shane


7×9" Pet Portrait


Pencil Pet Portrait


Frequently Asked Questions



1. What’s your turnover time?

Estimated delivery for detailed portraits is August (Updated 31.05.12)


2. How much do your pet portraits cost?

Prices are listed above, and show 3 sizes of pet portraits (pencil and coloured pencil).

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure larger pet portrait commissions.


3. Which photos do I send and how?

Please realise that the quality of your pet portrait depends on the photos.

To bring out the best in your pet, a photo taken in natural light is preferable.

To take the best portrait photo, look across at your pet rather than down.

A background can often be improvised into the final pet portrait.

Red-eye, poor contrast etc. can be rectified by the artist.

Emailed photos or a disc are preferred.


4. Can you combine more than one photo into one pet portrait?

Often yes, but not if the lighting or quality differs greatly between photos. Example.


5. What about payment?

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure larger pet portrait commissions.

Final payment is due on approval of an emailed image of your completed pet portrait.

Methods: Paypal, cheque, bank transfer.

Pet portraits cannot be dispatched without cleared funds.


6. Can I cancel my pet portrait?

I’ll confirm before beginning your pet portrait.

Orders for pet portraits may be cancelled any time prior to starting work.


7. How will you send my pet portrait?

Pet portraits are sent in firm postal tubes unless otherwise requested, with instructions on handling.

Special Delivery is the securest mailing option,

but you may receive your pet portrait via Recorded Delivery if preferred.


8. What if I don’t like my pet portrait?

Please read my Returns Policy.


9. Can I order a pet portrait from outside the UK?

Pet portraits are posted worldwide. Read More.


10. Can I buy a gift token?

A gift token secures your pet portrait commission and gives an estimated delivery date (Sample.)

Please enquire.


11. How do you draw your pet portraits?

The pet tutorial explains techiques and show photos of pet portraits in progress.

Please see the link under "Portrait Tutorials ."


12. What kind of paper will you draw my pet portrait on?

I use smooth artists’ paper for pencil pet portraits, and textured artists’ paper for colour.


13. Will my pet portrait be shown on your website?

Pet portraits and, occasionally, small pet photos, may be displayed unless I hear a contrary preference from you.


14. Can you frame my pet portrait?

I don’t offer framing but have compiled advice on framing pencil and coloured pet portraits.

Please see the link under "Other Pages."


15. Can you fit me in for a quick pet sketch?

Sorry, but I only sketch people – pet portraits are in high detail.





8×10" Pencil Pet Portrait





A selection from past pet / family portrait clients.


" This portrait is more than I could ever ask for. Rodrigo was the most beautiful dog we’ve ever known. I love him so much, and now I can see him forever in this drawing." (Amy – Commemorative Pet Portrait Coloured Pencil, ’07)

"I must thank you for the 2 pet portraits of lurchers my husband commissioned for me. It was the best surprise he ever gave me." (Su – Coloured Pencil Pet Portraits 1 2 ’07)

“This has been very therapeutic for me. Thank you for the sensitive way in which you have dealt with my request.” (Gloria – Commemorative Baby Portrait, ’08)

“Your picture has evoked so many emotions in me. You have given me the photo I never got the chance to take. You have also made Luke look so serene. I can see in your portrait how Luke would look today, if he had not been so ill and I could not ask for more.” (Jacqui – Commemorative Baby Portrait in Pencil, ’08)

“I have just received the portrait and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.  I am having a coffee morning for Swiss Mums next Thursday and I shall proudly be displaying the portrait.” (Lizzie – Children’s Pencil Portrait,’08)

“I have to say it took many hours of searching on the net to find someone who I thought could do this portrait. In fact I think you have exceeded the high expectations I had based on your website.” (Graham – Commemorative Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’08.)

“I received the portrait today and I’m over the moon, I’m going to give it to my sister and her husband today, I can’t wait to see their faces. I’ve had a little plaque engraved with the baby’s name and I’ve put it at the bottom, it looks lovely!” (Rachael – Commemorative Baby Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’08)

“That’s fantastic – the portrait’s still totally like Nathan but just slightly enhanced – perfect!!!” (Lizzie – Pencil Children’s Portrait, ’08)

“My work colleagues were amazed at the likeness and quality.” (Caroline – Baby Pencil Portrait ’08)

“Wow – You really are a terrific artist. She may look better here than she does in person, ha ha! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with me!” (Paulina – Coloured Pencil Pet Portrait ’08)

"It looks so much better than the actual photo. You’ve also been an absolute pleasure to deal with! Thank you for saving us from boring-present hell!" (Jo – Pencil Drawing ’09)

"I love it! The eyes are very expressive and the smile’s lovely. I love the background too. Thanks for doing such a lovely drawing of her 🙂 " (Stanley – Coloured Pencil Portrait, ’09)

“Thanks once again for your great work. I know all of us lucky people who’ve had something done appreciate the portraits of friends, family and pets, but our link to the art isn’t the only thing that makes them so special – you have an amazing talent to capture the emotion of a moment, not just the details.” (Terry – Pencil Portrait ’10)

"Thank you for your suggestions about which photo to use and what should be included in the portrait. Your portrait will certainly be the centerpiece of our collection." (Dave – Pet Portrait ’10)

"It’s almost as if you can reach into the portrait and feel the texture of his skin. The only problem is waiting to give them the portraits. I feel like a kid waiting to open presents at Christmas!" (Terry – Children’s Pencil Portraits 1 2 ’10)

"The portrait is better then I could of imagined!! I know it was a strange request but it’s turned out so amazing! I cannot wait to see my mum’s face! You’ve been a pleasure to talk to and so helpful. Every time I look at this portrait I will laugh and smile. It’s so Zola!" (Katrina – Character Pet Portrait ’11)

"It’s great, and you’ve got the babies very well – although I think your portrait is a little bit prettier than we are IRL! Thank-you!" (Sophie – Pencil Portrait, ’11)

"I cannot put into words how fantastic it is. You’ve captured my wife’s sparkle perfectly. If you would like to use the portrait on your website I’d be honoured for others to see this masterpiece. This means more to me than you could know." (Lee – Commemorative Pencil Portrait, ’12.)

"Thanks so much for all the time and effort you’ve put into the portrait for us. Mace certainly looks magnificent!" (Jane – Pet Portrait, ’12.)

"You’d think that by now I’d be used to just how breathtaking your portraits can be, but this is absolutely stunning." (Terry – Children’s Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’12.)

"We are SPEECHLESS, EMOTIONTAL AND OVER THE MOON!!! Absolutely thrilled with the portrait!! Totally exceeded our expectations!!!!!" (Wendy – Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’12)




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