The Portrait Process

IMPORTANT NOTE: My whimsical pet portraits are not photo-realism. The idea with this "caricature" or "cartoon-ish" style is to exaggerate certain features for a cute or comical effect. Each one is drawn from my own interpretation of the subject. When you purchase a custom portrait, you are purchasing your pet as seen through the eyes of Ally Cantrell. Please do not order if you are expecting an exact representation of your dog. My focus is to portray personality above all else.


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The Process:

Ordering - The process begins with you ordering a drawing. I take orders in batches and announce the when orders are "open" via my newsletters and social media pages. So keep an eye out! When orders are open you can place your order directly through my website - HERE

Getting to know your dog - Once you place your order, the order confirmation email will have a link to a form where you can upload photos and tell me about your pup. You can send a variety of photos that you feel best capture your dog's spirit and personality. We will discuss your favorite poses and expressions that commonly define your pup. Is he happy and always smiling with a tongue hanging out? Does he sleep all day long and give you the side eye if you wake him? Does he have a weird sitting posture that you love? Any favorite toys you want me to incorporate?

Initial sketch - Everyone is sent and initial sketch of their dog (this goes for both the traditional pencil and digital drawings). This is a rough draft. This is the part in the process where we can work together to make sure you'll have an end result we are both happy with. The rough sketch will allow you to see the basic shape and posing as well as the expression that I plan for your dog. Here is an example of a "rough draft"







The drawing - I am an artist and I do my best work when allowed a certain level of artistic freedom. Once we have the initial draft approved I will take it and do what I do best! 

Approval - Once the drawing is complete I will message it to you for approval. If you are wanting things changed then that is addressed on a case by case basis. Additional fees can apply depending on how much you want changed.




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