Pet Portraits

Pet portraits make perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts. Whether you’re looking for a personalised dog portrait or a horse and owner print for a special gift idea, you’ll find a unique gift at Created by Magic they’ll love.

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Dog Portraits

dog portraits

Horse Portraits

horse portraits

Cat Portraits

Cat Portraits

Pet & Owner

pet and owner portrait

About Our Pet Portraits

Our pet portraits are unique to you as a pet owner, the watercolour style has been the same since 2016 and will remain the same for years to come. Making it a perfect way to collect pet portraits of all your beloved pets for a consistent design across your framed prints at home.

We work with the most stunning felt marked Tintoretto Gesso paper which will compliment your pet portraits beautifully. This is available in two thicknesses, which has a subtle difference, the felt mark is ever so slightly deeper on the 300gsm in comparison to the 250gsm. You can read more about the paper on our paper guide page, if you have any further questions, please get in touch.

Your pet portrait is totally unique to you, you may choose to have a simple light grey watercolour behind your pet or include the original background that appears in the photograph. This is a great idea if your pet is sitting in its favourite spot or running through a bluebell meadow to add some personality to portrait of your pet.

Alternatively, we can do an artistic mix of both of those options, this is recommended if your pet is photographed with a slight covering, ie blanket is covering its paw or your pet is laying in long grass.

Whichever you decide, our creative team will work their magic on your personalised pet portrait.

Our pet portraits can be tweaked into a memorial print is a wonderful alternative to a traditional photograph, and we will capture their unique characteristics and spirit in a creative way, making our pet art a touching tribute to the memory of your pet. You can choose to add a little ‘In loving memory‘ text above your beloved pets name and even add a special message below, making this a wonderful memorial keepsake.

We pride ourselves on our high-quality prints, and we do need high resolution images to ensure this is achieved. If possible, you could take a new image using the highest resolution setting option on your camera or smartphone.

We know that in many cases it might not be possible to send a brand-new image across, so please send any potential photographs to our team and we will do our best to help.

Please see our guide for Top Tips to Photograph Your Pet for a Portrait

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We can also supply our pet portraits framed, Whether you choose a traditional natural real wood frame or a modern white or black painted wood frame, we guarantee to provide a range of options which will suit every interior style.

You can read more on our framing by clicking here.

Custom pet portraits make a perfect gift for a pet owner, with many of our customers sending their favourite photographs for us to turn into unique pet art. From birthdays and Christmas gifts to anniversaries and other special occasions, our traditional watercolour pet portraits will create a focal point in any room.

We believe that pets share a special place in their families, and every home should be adorned with images of beloved pets. We only use the best quality materials in our pet illustrations, so you can be sure that your gift will arrive in perfect condition ready to be treasured for many years. From images of cats in their garden, to dogs on their favourite walk and horses at a sporting event, we can transform any great photograph into a stunning piece of pet art.

We understand just how heart-breaking it can be to lose a much-loved companion, which is why our team take such care to create beautiful pet illustrations for those who have suffered the loss of a pet.  A pet portrait memorial print is a wonderful alternative to a traditional photograph, and we will capture their unique characteristics and spirit in a creative way, making our pet art a touching tribute to the memory of your pet.

Our pet portraits are digitally created with high quality photographs, our graphic designers use digital brushes and the latest design software to create a portrait of your pet that is life-like yet affordable. Hand-painted can often mean – expensive, also without spending a huge budget, hand-painted may not ‘capture’ the character of your pet as well as our digitally created approach.

pet portraits bundle

Simply add three or more items to your cart, bundled items will be created and dispatched together.

our paper pet portraits

Our Stunning Paper

As an FSC certified source, the paper is known for its soft hue and lightly hammered surface, which is a result of the environmentally friendly ECF pulp manufacturing process.

Our digital prints, artwork and illustrations are brought to life by this excellent printing paper and we are sure you will be impressed, whether you are ordering a gift or a piece of art for your own home.

Pet Portraits, Personalised Family Prints

Not sure about image quality?

It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether the image of your pet will be good enough to create a digital illustration from your phone/device. Please feel free to send you image or images to us and we’ll let you know what if your image has the quality we need to create this pet portrait print.

What we need to create one of the pet portraits?

Simply send us a high resolution image of your beloved pet, we ask that the image is a minimum of 1mb in file size. The quality of the image with depict the outcome of the illustration due to the way it is created digitally.

Tips for a good photograph for a pet portrait;

  • Use natural light
  • Space around the pet in the image
  • Avoid zooming in
  • If you use flash, only do so during the day
  • Use gridlines to balance your shot
pet portrait before and after

Pet portraits are artistic representations of pets, typically created by a skilled artist using various mediums such as oil paints, watercolors, charcoal, or digital software. These portraits can capture the unique personality, features, and essence of a pet and are often treasured by pet owners as keepsakes.

Pet portraits can be commissioned by pet owners or gifted to pet lovers by their friends and family members. They make excellent gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, or as a memorial for a pet that has passed away. Many pet portrait artists offer a variety of styles and options, allowing pet owners to choose the one that best represents their pet’s unique characteristics.

One popular style for pet portraits is a realistic depiction of the pet. This involves creating a detailed, lifelike image of the pet, with an emphasis on capturing its facial features, fur, and other distinctive details. Another style is a caricature or cartoon-style portrait, which emphasizes the pet’s more playful and humorous qualities.

Pet portraits can be created using a variety of mediums, such as oil paints, watercolors, pastels, or digital software. Each medium has its own unique characteristics and offers different advantages and disadvantages. For example, oil paints are known for their vivid colors and longevity, while watercolors are known for their transparency and delicacy.

If you’re interested in commissioning a pet portrait, it’s important to find a skilled artist who specializes in creating portraits of pets. Many artists have their own websites or social media pages where they showcase their work and provide details on their commissioning process.

In conclusion, pet portraits are a beautiful way to celebrate and honour the special bond between pets and their owners. They can be created in a variety of styles and mediums, making them a unique and meaningful keepsake for pet lovers.

Digital pet portraits are artistic representations of pets created using digital software and tools. They are a popular and modern way to capture the unique personality and essence of pets, and offer many advantages over traditional pet portraits.

One advantage of digital pet portraits is the flexibility and convenience they offer. Digital artists can create a portrait using a range of software and tools, and can make adjustments easily and quickly. They can also work remotely with clients from all over the world, which can save time and money for both the artist and the client.

Another advantage of digital pet portraits is the ability to create highly detailed and realistic images. Digital artists can use a range of techniques to create a portrait that captures every detail of a pet’s features and personality. They can also use specialized software to add texture and shading to the image, which can create a highly realistic and lifelike effect.

One popular style for digital pet portraits is a realistic depiction of the pet. This involves creating a detailed, lifelike image of the pet, with an emphasis on capturing its facial features, fur, and other distinctive details. Another style is a cartoon-style portrait, which emphasizes the pet’s more playful and humorous qualities.

If you’re interested in commissioning a digital pet portrait, it’s important to find a skilled artist who specializes in creating pet portraits using digital tools. Many artists have their own websites or social media pages where they showcase their work and provide details on their commissioning process.

In conclusion, digital pet portraits are a modern and convenient way to celebrate and honor the special bond between pets and their owners. They offer many advantages over traditional pet portraits, including flexibility, convenience, and the ability to create highly detailed and realistic images.

A perfect pet portrait memorial is a beautiful and meaningful way to honour the memory of a beloved pet. It can be a touching tribute that celebrates the life and unique personality of the pet, and serves as a lasting reminder of the love and joy they brought to our lives.

To create a perfect pet portrait memorial, there are several important considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Choose the right artist: Look for a skilled artist who specialises in pet portraits and has experience creating memorials. You may want to review their portfolio and read reviews from past clients to ensure they can create the type of portrait you want.
  2. Choose the right style: Consider the style of the portrait that best represents your pet’s unique personality and characteristics. Some popular styles for pet portraits include realistic, cartoon, and impressionistic.
  3. Select the right medium: Decide on the type of medium you want the artist to use. Popular options include oil paints, watercolours, charcoal, or digital software. Each medium has its own unique characteristics and can produce different effects.
  4. Provide a good reference photo: To ensure the portrait captures your pet’s likeness, provide the artist with a clear and high-quality reference photo. Try to provide multiple photos to help the artist capture your pet’s unique features.
  5. Incorporate meaningful details: Consider incorporating meaningful details into the portrait, such as a favourite toy or collar. These details can help make the portrait more personal and serve as a reminder of your pet’s unique personality.

In conclusion, a perfect pet portrait memorial is a thoughtful and touching way to honour the memory of a beloved pet. By choosing the right artist, style, and medium, and incorporating meaningful details, you can create a beautiful and lasting tribute that celebrates the life and love of your pet.

How it works:

  1. Simply choose which style portrait you’d like, upload your image and select background style and size/finish.
  2. We will create your digital watercolour pet portraits and add your personalisation.
  3. You can request a design proof of your pet portrait, however this is optional. Once your design is complete, we’ll send to print or to be framed.
  4. When your order is ready we will dispatch in a timely manner your pet portrait will be delivered to your door!

Award Winning Pet Portraits

As chosen by BBC Dragons Den’s, Theo Paphitis

Our award winning pet portraits regularly win over fans, which makes us very happy here at Created By Magic! We’re also delighted to be supported as a small business, with our dog portraits and pet memorial portraits now officially award-winning. 

In 2018, we were the recipients of the ‘Small Business Sunday’ award, with respected entrepreneur Theo Paphitis choosing us for our work who in turn now has a pet portrait of his own, of his dog Gladys.

Our award-winning pet portraits are the ideal way to brighten up any room, and make great gifts for devoted pet owners. 

read more about the Theo Paphitis Award

Theo Paphitis award winning small business

Customer Reviews

Hear what our loyal customers say about us, and our work.

I bought a watercolour picture of my son’s dog as a gift. The print is outstanding, I couldn’t be happier. I know my son will be over the moon with it. The customer service from Created by Magic was fantastic, I ordered the print, checked the proof and received the actual item within a week!!! Seriously 2 weeks before Christmas, that has got to be the best service I’ve ever had and the quality is first class. I will be back to buy more and will certainly recommend. Keep up the good work :)

No Name, Trustpilot

After my dog unexpectedly passed away a couple of months ago I wanted to order a painting of him for my mum to frame. I came across this site and contacted them on Facebook messenger with some queries about the picture I was going to use etc. The lady was so lovely and caring! The design was finished within a couple of days and I was given an online copy to check and amend, I ordered some additional copies and then it came in the post the next day. It was absolutely perfect! Made us all cry with how realistic and detailed it was. A truly brilliant business. I showed all of my friends the design and they was all stunned, I have even had a couple contact me recently to ask for the site so that they can get a design done for their family too! Would 100% recommend. Thank you so much 😊

C23, Trustpilot

The portrait of our puppy now hangs in our living room. I gave it to my partner for their birthday and they absolutely love it. The service was faultless too – quick responses to enquiries and super fast delivery. I love the result and would 100% recommend as a wonderful gift.

Helen, Trustpilot

What a fantastic find! The perfect gift for my partner and he loves it. We recently lost our beautiful beloved cat Sylvester and I opted for the pet portrait. It arrived so quickly and I’m super happy with it. So much so I have ordered another pet portrait for my mum. Thankyou so much. Would definitely recommend

Heidi Sanderson, Trustpilot

How much does a pet portrait cost?

Pet portrait prices vary, our portraits are created digitally using digital watercolour brushes and cost between £28.00 and £91.00 depending on the personalisation, size and finish you choose. Due to the way our portraits are created, your portrait will always be an accurate representation of your pet.

Alternatively, Hand-painted pet portraits of a similar size and style can cost somewhere between £130 and £560, all artists styles and standards are different so it’s always worth checking their portfolio before they begin.

How do I create a Pet Portrait?

  1. Choose the pet portrait design
  2. Send us the personalisation
    1. First Name
    2. Message underneath
    3. ‘In loving memory’ added (optional)
    4. Background options
    5. Upload high resolution image
    6. Choose the size & finish
  3. We will then create the design
  4. We dispatch the same day if ordered before 11am (Mon – Fri)

Framing your pet portraits

We believe that the milestones in your life should be celebrated and cherished, and in our opinion, there is no better way than with framed pet portraits and framed artwork. Whether you are looking for framed pictures as a gift or to have your special prints framed, we have carefully selected a range of handmade frames and high-quality traditional window mounts.

We offer two print design sizes, A4 and A3, with matching frame sizes. These are the most popular sizes for wall mounted prints, and we have a variety of paper finishes available to suit your specific requirements. The frames will arrive ready to be placed on the wall, with fittings on the reverse of the MDF backing. All products have options for framing on the individual product pages making it easy to place your framing together with your personalised print order.