Yesterday I re-launched my pet portrait side-business, PetArtWorks.com. I guess it's only appropriate that this week's Friday Night Art should be pet-centric.
I spent a few years doing only portraits of these two. That sounds like a lot, but really it was only a few: I wasn't constantly doing portraits, but when I did dog paintings, the subject was usually one of them since I had plenty of photo references to work from.
When I started PetArtWorks last year, I also set up a Facebook page hoping it would help me publicize the web site and stimulate interest.
I held a couple contests for free pet portraits, trying to stimulate orders and interest. I discovered that Facebook is great if you want to hold contests to give something away for free. As for paying customers?
I'm still waiting for my first Facebook sale.
One of the contests I held was "A pet and their human" contest in which everyone entered by submitting a photo of them with their pet and the winner would get a free portrait inspired by their entry photo.
This is a video of a painting I did of one of the entrants (not the winner, but I did this one for fun anyway).
The video is interesting because it shows two things:
- It shows that I paint very much like a traditional painter (dark to light, large to small shapes, highlights last, etc.
- It also shows the ease with which digital allows me to recover from a mistake. On the girl's face I erroneously went too light too soon, and kept fiddling with it trying to save it, but in the end just wiped it out and started over. You can do this in oils, but it's risky for a number of reasons. In digital, it's a breeze.
I created the music in Garageband, and produced the video in Adobe Premiere.
Note: click the video go-button on the bottom left. For some reason the center button won't work in this Wordpress theme.