How do you make a work of art commemorating your furry muse?

If you’ve got the artistic urge, but you can’t think of how to get started, you may or may not have the perfect subject to paint or draw living in your house right now: your pets. Animals, especially domesticated ones, have a nearly universal appeal and a mysterious grace and beauty that are perfect for the immortalization art can provide. So, now that you have your subject, how do you make a work of art commemorating your furry muse?

First and foremost, you may be concerned about getting your pet to hold a pose, and that can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. For starters, you can capture the image of your pet while they sleep. Sleeping animals are often the cutest kind and ripe for depicting in a tasteful and artistic fashion. However, if you want an awake and alert pet on display, but you fear they won’t cooperate, then snap a photograph or two. Not only does this eliminate the need to keep your pet from moving around, as they are wont to do, but it also gives you the ability to choose from a variety of different poses, including more action oriented images like running or jumping.

Another facet of making your pet into a work of art is accessories. Putting your pet into an interesting outfit or costume can spice up an image and make it stand out. However, if your pets’ natural beauty is what you’re after, you can still employ foreign objects to improve a piece. Consider using the photography method above to capture an image of your dog chasing a ball or even offering it back to you. Don’t be afraid to seek out striking toys or other accessories to make your project pop. PetSmart can provide what you need to make a work of art that accurately depicts your pets’ personality and beauty.