Pet Art is My Day Job

So, let’s talk about art. It’s what I do every day. It has become my “day job” and, aside from a few freelance articles a month, it’s my only job.

If you asked me 15 years ago (which is about when this photo was taken) if I ever thought that my art would be more than a hobby, would be of any interest to people other than my friends or family and would be as enjoyable after the 312th pet portrait in one year (that is the milestone today), I don’t think I would have believed you.


But it’s true. I’m doing as an adult what I loved to do as a child! And it’s something that I continue to work on and experiment with.

I’ve used a lot of media in my art — watercolor paints, oil paints, acrylic paints, pastels, oil pastels, air brush, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, digital art — but I’d never tried watercolor pencils. (For that matter, I’ve never tried gouache, either.)

The other day, while at Michael’s craft store, I decided to pick up a set of watercolor pencils and give it a go. I used a photo of Banjo and tried it out on a 5×7″ sheet of watercolor stock.


At first I wasn’t super thrilled with how the drawing looked. It seemed like regular colored pencils, except really cheap, non-blending, chunky, gross colored pencils.

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Then I wet my brush and started blending the pencils marks.

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Ooh! It turned out so pretty! I’m going to have to make a bunch more!


14 thoughts on “Pet Art is My Day Job

    • Thanks for reading!
      The best city in the world is whatever city you happen to live with those you love — especially if you love dogs! So I think we all live in the best city in the world!

  1. Very inspiring post!! Thank you! I am pursuing my dream of being a full time artist! This has inspired me and encouraged me that one day “Pet Art is My Day Job” as well! Great work!!! 👍🏻👍🏻

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