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 4 months but 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.

I offer two kinds of portrait; sketch portraits and paintings.  Sketch portraits are  a combination of pencil or ink and watercolour.  Paintings begin with an accurate pencil drawing and then several days of careful watercolour layers.  There are 12 available spaces for paintings each calendar year.

I approach each very differently  and enjoy working in a variety of ways.

2. Taking a good photograph …

  • Imagine your dog – do you see him/her alert and playful or relaxed and calm? Which would you prefer as a lasting 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 – although I work from one image, a collection will give me more information and a better sense of your dog.

3. Prices …

Sketch Portraits:
9″ x 12″ loose portrait in ink/pencil and watercolour on  Saunders Waterford paper : £200 +postage
12″ x 16″ loose portrait in ink/pencil and watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper : £270 +postage

12″ x 16″ refined painting achieving a high level of representation and accuracy on Arches paper : £600 +postage

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.  All portraits are sent securely packaged, via guaranteed next day delivery,  Royal Mail.  I regularly ship worldwide, please get in touch for international shipping costs. Please note that there is a 5% additional charge for international payments to cover Paypal fees, thank you.

A tree will be planted by The Future Forest Company in the name of anyone commissioning a portrait.

4. Bespoke …

I am happy to discuss other sizes, several dogs together 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. I can also arrange framing if required.


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.