Cheddar and Azara: one-of-a-kind gifts.
Previously, I published Azara, another pet portrait commission. Both cats live with the same owner who wanted to have her pets printed on cushion covers as a surprise for her partner for Valentine’s Day.
A one-of-a-kind gift
The client found me in a local Facebook group before Christmas. She wanted the portraits to be completed by the end of January in order to surprise her partner with a pair of unique cushions for their contemporary entertainment room.
I started the work in mid-January and the client had the portraits by the agreed upon due date.
Since the client was intending on printing the portraits, we agreed that they should be painted on watercolour paper. She requested that I paint them in matching suits.
Getting to know the client’s tastes
After consultation, I had a really good idea of the client’s tastes.
She sent me several excellent photos of the room to show the colours (grey, teal, with splashes of burnt orange) as well as photos of the décor such as existing cushions, wall unit, sofa, and artwork.
In addition, she was adamant that she didn’t want any flowers or pinks and yellows.
Once I had the cats sketched on paper and roughed in the some of the fur, I began to swatch various colours for the background and we agreed on the colours, saving the strongest ones for the suits and ties.
Throughout the process, the client was consulted and there were no surprises when the portraits were finally picked up at the end of January.
I enjoyed working with this client who was very specific about her expectations. She sent me many photos from different angles including clear, close up shots as well as photos that showed the cats’ personalities.
Two different personalities
It is obvious that Azara is the shy one while Cheddar is much more playful and extroverted, if one can say that about a pet.
Cheddar is such a comical cat.
Each morning, he watches his owner make coffee. His “crazy personality” is shown in these photos, only a select few I received from the client.
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Don't forget that pet portraits on wood slices are excellent surprises any time of the year.