Kids love Pets : Pet Painting Made them Happy too!

When you own a pet, you are always on the go to do something special for it every day. Be it a new toy or a surprise treat you never back out to keep doing more. So, how about pet painting? Sounds pretty good, isn’t it? It is however quite intimidating and can turn out to be a big mess. Gift your Kid and his pet a unique portrait. Avoid the common mistakes with these very simple tips for a hassle-free painting:

Step 1: Get the supplies

The first step would be to get the right supplies before starting with anything else. You will find almost all the supplies in any art and crafts store:

  1. A digital printout of your pet’s photo
  2. An art paper (preferably one which can be easily framed)
  3. Acrylic paints
  4. Paintbrushes
  5. Pens
  6. Black markers
  7. A soft art pencil (B6)
  8. A printer
  9. Paint palette

Step 2: Paint the background first

Choose a background colour that compliments the colour of the painting of your pet and also goes with your wall colour. As the whole painting is comprised of light/dark shades, highlights and shadows, choose the colour wisely. It should look nice wherever you are planning to hang it. Paint the entire art paper with the colour you chose. Leave it to dry.

Step 3: Edit the photo of your pet

This is the trickiest part of the entire process. The goal is to have a final pet painting with the right contrast and shadows while at the same time, your painting should exactly resemble your pet or in other words, the picture should be easily recognizable.

You can use any photo editing software for this. Be it any software these tips are sure to ease out your process-

  1. Crop the photo such that only the picture of your pet is prominent
  2. Change the coloured photo to black and white
  3. Increase the contrast and set the highlights and brightness such that the colour is mainly black and white with very fewer shades of grey.
  4. Now finally print the photo. The photo may need to be printed on a number of sheets depending on the size of the painting you are hoping for.

Pro tip: To recognize if you have missed out on too many details, notice the eyes of the edited print out. If the iris in the eyes is not visible it clearly indicates that you have missed out too many other details of the picture as well. However, this does not hold true if your pet’s iris is dark always. You can go for some other parts such as the nose or any part of the fur as a reference.

Step 4: Outline the printout

Use a soft pencil to outline the prominent shadows of the picture. Be careful so as to include all the details like ears, wrinkles, eyes and forehead. These will be filled with black paint later. Once done, place the picture face down on the art paper (only if the background colour has dried out). Rub against the back of the print out with the blunt end of a paintbrush by holding the print out very firmly.

Though unusual, you get what you want using this technique. You now have a perfect sketch of your pet. The mirror image of your pet’s sketch will finally give the correct pet painting version in the end.  

Step 5: Pet paint all the way

You can now use the black marker to emphasize a bit more on the pencil outline parameters. Next, paint inside the lines with black. You can very well be playful with colours to bring a whole new coloured version of your pet.

Let the painting now dry. As you wait for the amazing result, quickly collect the painting palette and clean it off dry. And do not forget to sign the painting before you hang it on the wall and watch it become the centre of the room.