1. Get in touch  …

To commission a dog portrait, please get in touch by sending me an email with your thoughts –  sarah@bowwowsketch.co.uk   Currently there is a waiting list of around 3 months but please let me know if you have a more urgent request and I will do my best to fit you in sooner. Please note that from September I begin getting bookings for Christmas.

 2. Taking a good photograph …

One thing that is key to a good portrait is a good photograph.  If the photograph looks ‘blurry’ when you zoom in, it will be difficult for me to capture the details.  Whilst I do not strive for photographic realism in my work, I do need to understand certain things about your dog.  I need to know what colour they are – there are countless shades of browns, blacks, greys and whites – and whether their coat is thick and soft, smooth or coarse.  In particular I like to focus on the eyes – as with people, dogs convey so much with their eyes.  If the photograph shows them in a good amount of detail with the colour just as you know it to be, I can capture that for you.

Some general tips:

  • Imagine your dog – do you see him alert and playful or relaxed and calm? Which would you prefer as a portrait?
  • Take the photograph in good natural light
  • Make sure your dog is in focus and fills the frame.  Get up close.
  • Please send the highest resolution (the biggest file) you have.
  • Send several photographs – a collection will give me more information and a better sense of your dog.

3. Prices …

I’m a big fan of simplicity which is why the prices here are inclusive of (UK) postage and packaging.  All portraits are sent to you mounted and securely packaged, via tracked and signed for Royal Mail and include insurance. I ship worldwide, please get in touch for international shipping costs.  I can generally get a mount cut to suit the frame of your choice – do let me know if you have  preference. Sizes below

Watercolour and ink paintings on hot-pressed watercolour paper. These begin with an accurate pencil drawing followed by many hours carefully layering watercolour.

Head and shoulder portrait – approx 400mm x 400mm / 16″ x 16″ mounted – £280
Full body portrait – approx 400mm x 500mm / 16″ x 2o”  mounted – £360


Sketch portrait – looser and sketchier portraits with more pen than paint, on hot-pressed watercolour paper:

Full body or head and shoulder portrait – approx 400mm x 350mm  / 16″ x 14″ mounted – £150

To secure the time for your portrait, I require a non-refundable 50% deposit with the remainder paid on completion.

Payment plans and gift vouchers are available – please get in touch for details.

4. Bespoke …

I am absolutely happy to discuss other sizes, several dogs together, other animals and so on.  If you have something specific in mind please just get in touch and I’d be delighted to talk it through with you.


Please note that all copyright remains with the artist and images may be reproduced by the artist and sold as limited edition prints or other printed media.