Here are some photographs of dogs and the pet portrait paintings created by Cynthia Crawford from them.
The photos are good representatives of what I am looking for -clarity, detail, close-up-to make a good painting. If I can't actually see your pet, the coloring and details will be quite dependent on the quality of the photograph, although I can, to some degree, go by description and typical coloring for a particular breed or species. The important thing is to get a photo you really like for me to work from.
This photo works pretty well for doing a portrait because: 1.It is taken on the same level as the subject (translate-get down there with your pet!)
2. It is outdoors where the coloring is more likely to be accurate
3.It shows something of the character of the dog
What's missing: 1. Eye color-if a close up is wanted
Again, here is a good close-up photo, directly in front of the dog. The eye color is still not clear, which is why I always ask for a description.
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