For your animal portraits I work directly from your photographs. All you need to do is send me a photo of your little (or large) angel that you would like to have captured on paper forever. I do prefer to have at least 3 or 4 photgraphs to work from and a character description too please - i.e. are they quiet and gentle, or do they run around causing mayhem from dusk to dawn? I keep that in mind when I'm drawing, striving to capture that spirit in their eyes. I can only do that however if the photographs are clear so please bear the following in mind:
High-quality, non-filtered head and shoulders photographs that let me see the eyes are the best. If the photography is not your own and has been taken professionally, please let me know as I would need the permission of the photographer to use their picture. Of course, there are instances when you won't have the luxury of a few photos to work from. Perhaps you want a portrait of a long-gone pet as a gift for someone and can only find one curled up printed image from the early 1980's (yes, we used to have lots of actual printed photos way back then)- in which case I will do my best to produce a likeness. We would need to work together closely, with me sending you regular updates for approval before I move on to the next stage and finally finish the portrait.
Have a look online for "pet photography hints and tips" if you are really unsure. Basically though, the clearer the better, and when it comes to horses' heads, they are nearly always far better at an angle and not looking at you straight on.
I hope this is helpful. if you are in any doubt just send me your question.