Dogs, Illustrated

If there’s one positive outcome of a global pandemic, it’s having found the time to rediscover long-forgotten interests. Before December 2020 I hadn’t picked up a pencil in more than 15 years, but my close friend Lydia’s upcoming birthday prompted me to illustrate her dog Cookie. Her emotional reaction to the gift set me on a new recreational path of illustrating dogs, with other friends and family members lining up to have their beloved canine immortalized in graphite.

The following are recently completed portraits—click each dog illustration for details.

Illustrate my dog
Cookie Dog Illustration by Harv Craven

Cookie

Austin Dog Illustration by Harv Craven

Austin

CC Dog Illustration by Harv Craven

CC

Elwood Dog Illustration SM by Harv Craven

Elwood

Winnie Dog Illustration SM by Harv Craven

Winnie

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you charge for your dog portraits?
Your investment is for a single head study, hand-drawn 9″-x-12″ graphite illustration on Strathmore 400 Series recycled drawing paper. The final illustration will be supplied to you packaged flat and ready to frame. Please contact for details.

How long will it take?
A typical pencil drawing will take 7–10 days from start to completion, and commissioned illustrations must be paid in full prior to commencing.

Do you offer framing services?
At this time, framing services are not offered due to myriad possible combinations of frame and mat materials. If you have a local framer, I recommend you enlist their services for custom framing options.

I’m not local, can you ship my completed illustration?
Absolutely. Shipping charges will vary, so I will advise of costs prior to beginning your commission.

What kind of image do you need?
I require clear, in-focus, high resolution images of your canine companion. Due to the photorealistic appearance of my illustrations, low-resolution, blurry, or dark images are not suitable for my reference. Your dog should be well lit and no parts of their face obscured by objects. At this time I offer head studies only, so the body portion is irrelevant in your supplied photograph. Head over here to upload your photos.

What methods of payment do you take?
Visa, MasterCard, and e-transfer are accepted. Credit card payments will appear on your statement as Harv Craven Design.

Great! How do we get started?
I need to see photos of your dog to ensure good reference quality. Once we have a good working photo I will request a deposit. Due to increased interest in my illustrations, I work from a commissions list in the order in which deposits were received. A small deposit will hold your position in line, and when your commission comes up I will contact you to arrange for full payment. I will then begin your illustration and keep you updated throughout with progress photos. Once your commission is complete we will arrange for shipping or local pickup.