Deciding upon the medium for a pet portrait can be quite a tricky task. The flow of emotions and expressions along with a balanced composition of various tones does not come naturally with a pet’s face, in comparison to a human portrait. This is the reason why you need to make a sure decision on medium of the painting after you have decided upon the mood of the painting. Here are few of the most commonly used mediums for pet portraits or painting:
Pencil can take up a lot of your time as you have to individually mark every line but it can give you beautiful and realistic results if you know the techniques right. Moreover, pencil don’t cost much so it can be very well be within budget.
Charcoal artworks can be really striking. They provide with a beautiful contrast of black and white and give an intense appeal to the overall art. If you have a bright coloured wall as your background to place the artwork, you could go ahead with an art of charcoal portrait. It won’t be disappointing!
If you want to give a soft appeal to the portrait and not compromise with the vibrancy of colours as well, go for pastel work.
- Coloured Pencil
These are the same as pencils but only coloured ones. They allow you to define details in a better way compared to an ordinary pencil. You could add more textures to the overall artwork.
Watercolours give a soft feel to a painting. The colours won’t be as vivid and thick as compared to acrylic or oil painting but that is what makes watercolour painting unique. The loose touch to the painting makes it perfect for the composition of pet portrait. And it works best for a smaller canvas size.
- Acrylic & Oil Paints
When it comes to portrait painting, oil paints are the most commonly used medium and it has been so for centuries from now. However, both acrylic and oil paintings are thick and add durability to the painting. You could experiment with layers and textures at your free will. While oil painting gives a classic feel to the pet portrait, acrylic paints makes it look more vibrant.
- Digital Artwork
If you want a stunning work of digital art then it will cost you cheaper than a painting and will be a unique piece of art. The time taken for this will also be lesser in comparison to a painting. You will be able to pick from a wide variety of editing software styles.
Coloured Pet Portrait VS Monochromed Pet Portrait
A lot of owners prefer their pet’s portrait in colours but that does not mean it overshadows black and white pet portrait. Both are unique in their own ways. The black and white appeal of charcoal or pencil is striking and has a raw appeal of its own and they are usually used to hang on corridors or personal spaces unlike big paintings which are usually meant to take the spotlight in spaces such as living room or lounge area. The power of contrast and colour composition can make you inclined towards coloured portrait but monochromed portrait have a unique intensity to them that make them look classic and ageless.
So what is your choice of medium for your next pet portrait?