Many pet portrait artists specialize in just one medium. This is a fine approach, but I prefer to offer several choices in order to accommodate the widest possible range of preferences. The basic choice, pencil, is the most affordable option and can produce very sharp detail. Colored pencil on smooth drafting film provides the best level of detail in color, but takes longer than other media and isn’t as well suited to larger pieces. All around, the most popular choice is pastel, with its warm, smooth tones and relatively quick finishing time. For larger color pet portraits, pastel is generally the best option, especially because of the relatively short completion time.
If you don’t have a particular media preference, don’t worry. After looking at your reference photos and discussing your needs, I can make recommendations to help you choose the right media for a lasting pet portrait memory.