Happy Monocal is an immensely talented artist who’s work I find to be both classic and chic. She will gladly “capture the spirit and personality of your little friend” through her work with watercolor, pencil and ink. Information for her exquisitely commissioned pet portraits can be found here. While you’re there, be sure to scroll through her beautiful gallery of past pet projects. Happy Menocal’s pet portraits will certainly make a lovely gift for art-appreciating dog lovers (like me!). In fact, I’m picturing a framed portrait of Miles above my fireplace at this very moment.
Star Animal creates custom animal portraits like no other: humanized and historical! And, a little silly. OK a lot silly.
You send your photo and choose your style, then artist Philippe Tyberghien will create your pet’s portrait and you receive a file and/or a printed portrait. Website is in French.
The guys behind Superstudio can turn a favorite photo of your pooch into a fun and colorful pop-art portrait. All you have to do is just email them the photo and they’ll digitally draw and color it and then mail you the print. The pet portraits are available through their Etsy store (p.s. they do humans, too!).
Are you looking to pay homage to your dog, but don’t want to go the painted portrait route? Why not get a custom mosaic by Martin Brown?
Each piece is made up of of thousands of pieces of hand cut glass mosaic that are assembled to produce an exquisite representation of your pet. Based in Barcelona, Martin works with US and non-US customers alike, working from a selection of photos or specific photo of your dog. He will work with you to select the best photo and can even retouch or alter the photos to bring out the best form, color or shape before he begins the mosaic. The commissioned works are about 28″ x 24″ in order to get the best detail possible, and take about four weeks to complete.
Rachael Rossman will create a picture perfect watercolor painting of your furry friend. Her signature style looks like beautiful water droplets on paper. Rachael lives and works in Oregon where she is also a mom with a day job (I don’t know how she does it all!). If you are interested in having a portrait done (she also does people!), contact her here or you can visit her Etsy shop.
Can you recognize the famous pair in the first portrait?