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Suzanne Schirra - Custom Animal Artwork

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole
 -- Roger Carras

Rufus!

Happiness is a
warm puppy!
-- Charles Schultz


 

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The Quality of your photo is very important. The first step is to choose your favorite photo of your pet. I am a photo realist and work directly from just one photo. It can be in color or black and white but must be in sharp focus and have good lighting. I will not paint what I refer to as a "Frankenpet" which is, for example, taking the head from one photo and putting it on the body of another photo. I have tried this before and it does not work.

I prefer to paint just the head and chest as this is where the personality is. However, if the photo lends itself, I will paint the entire pet. It does not have to be a close up. Most of the photos that I work from are of the entire pet and I crop the photo down to the part we want to use. I have found that photos taken at the pets level work much better than when take from above.

Lighting is very important. Please make sure that the sun or flash is hitting them square in the face or a little off to the side which allows me to catch all the highlights and details. This is especially important with black or dark dogs. If your photo has red eye, do not worry, I can remove it

You can either e-mail me your photo or mail it. I blow it up to 8x10 to see detail and will return your original with your painting Once we receive your 50% deposit, you will be added to my commission schedule. I am backed up about three and a half to four months. You will receive a color sketch to approve before I begin. This will show color and how I have cropped your photo. It will be a rough sketch, but it will give you a good idea of just how your painting will look.

Suzanne Schirra

 


THE DOG POUND

Alaskan Malamute
Albatross
Aust. Shepard
Basenji
Basset Hound
Beagle
Bearded Collie
Bernese Mt. Dog
Bichon Frise
Bloodhound
Border Collie
Bouvier
Boxer
Bullmastiff
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Cats
Cavalier KC Spaniel
Chinese Crested
Chow
Cockapoo
Cocker Spaniel
Corgi
Coton de Tulear
Dachshund
Dalmation
Doberman
English Bulldog
Flat Coat Retriever
French Bulldog
German Shepherd
Goldendoodle
Golden Retriever
Great Dane
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greyhound
Havanese
Horses
Jack Russell
Labrador Retriever
Labradoodle
Lowchen
Maltese
Maltipoo
Mastiff
Mixed Breeds
Multiple Subjects
Newfoundland
Pit Bull
Pointer
Pomeranian
Poodles
Portuguese Water Dog
Pug
Pugle
Rottweiler
Saluki
Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Shih Tzu
Staffordshire Terrier
Tibetan Terrier
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Westie
Wheaten Terrier
Yorkie


 


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Suzanne Schirra
suzanneschirra@aol.com
PO Box 3068, Vail , CO 81658