People and Pet Portrait – pricing, details, and examples

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Hi, my name is Chad and have been doing portrait work for over 10 years. The mediums that the portraits can be done in are pencil, colored pencil or acrylic paint. Portraits are done using reference photos that are emailed or mailed to me. Provide a professional experience from start to finish with progress updates, fast turnaround, and free shipping (United States only). If you have any questions or would like to order a portrait please send an email to:

!!Currently not taking commissions for portraits at this time!!

Here is my pricelist. My prices are based off of size and medium.

5″ x 7″ – $40
8″ x 10″ – $55
9″ x 12″ – $65
11″ x 14″ – $80

colored pencil:
5″ x 7″ – $55
8″ x 10″ – $85
9″ x 12″ – $100
11″ x 14″ – $120

acrylic paint:
11″ x 14″ – $175
16″ x 16″ – $275
16″ x 20″ – $300
Other details: pencil and colored pencil portraits are matted to the next standard frame size up. Acrylic paintings are sprayed with a protective coating and sides are painted so the painting can be hung on the wall without a frame if desired. If there is more than 2 people or pets requested in portrait may be extra charges
Timeframe: 1 to 2 weeks for a pencil or colored pencil portrait, 2 to 3 weeks for an acrylic painting (during holiday season or a during a sale turnaround is a little slower). Will send updates throughout so you can see your portrait progress
Payment: paypal preferred but will also take check or money order. Will send money request for paypal transactions otherwise will send mailing address. Payment involves – 20% initial deposit and the rest when portrait is finished.
How to Order: email: with reference photo/photos, choose medium (pencil, colored pencil, or acrylic paint) and size.
Examples: Here are a few examples but for more examples please visit the following: facebook artpage or instagram.


Holiday Portrait SALE this week only!



20% off select portrait mediums and sizes this week only

colored pencil:

5” x 7” – $55   SALE price – $44
8” x 10” – $85   SALE price – $68
9” x 12” – $100   SALE price – $80
11” x 14” – $120   SALE price – $96


8” x 10” – $55   SALE price – $44
9” x 12” – $65   SALE price – $52
11” x 14” – $80   SALE price – $64

E-mail if you would like to place an order

You can also visit for more portrait details or to see more examples

Sale ends Sunday November 23rd

Ordering a portrait and the process involved



Here is an informational post concerning the ordering of a portrait and the process involved. 

To order a portrait you can visit my website at or e-mail me at

I do people and pet portraits mostly but will do commissions and can get you a quote for any kind of artwork desired whether it’s traditional or digital. 


Here are the things that I will need from you to get started when ordering a portrait:

-reference material (pictures) 1 main reference photo and 2-3 additional photos

-what size portrait you would like

-what medium you would like the portrait done in (pencil, colored pencil, or acrylic paint)

-a deposit on the portrait

One of the main questions that I get asked is if I work from the actual pet/person or from a photo. The answer is I work off of pictures. The pictures can be e-mailed or mailed to me. It is good to send me more than one picture so that the additional reference pictures can be used for fur color, eye color or any distinctive markings. Although if you only have one good photo that is fine. One of the pictures will be used as the main reference picture. In the case below the main reference picture is of Halle the chihuahua. It is a good idea to send as good a quality photo as possible since they are the best to work from and make the best portraits.


Halle the chihuahua (pictured above)


Here is a few ideas that I have done in the past that work well in certain circumstances. 

– Will take individual pictures and lay them out on the computer. This works great for family pictures or more than 2 dogs. It’s hard to get more than one dog to pose. Also will have a mock layout for you to view before the portrait is even started.

– Another thing that can be done is to add a family name or your pet’s name on the portrait. Also have done quotes or song lyrics on a portrait before.


Your first e-mail update:

One of the perks with having your portrait done by me is I will send you e-mail updates so you can see the work in progress. This also allows you to address any concerns or helps me make changes so you get the best portrait possible. You also feel like your part of the process. Once I receive all the info and things needed from you to get started you will receive an e-mail with the initial pencil sketch. This is a very loose and rough sketch which basically is a reference to get started with the medium.


Halle the chihuahua (initial pencil sketch)


2nd e-mail update:

After you have ok’d the initial pencil sketch the second e-mail will show you some progress on your portrait. In this case the client went with a colored pencil portrait. Will usually start working from the eye area and then move out from there.


Halle the chihuahua (portrait in progress 1)


3rd e-mail update:

In the 3rd e-mail update you will see more progress on your portrait. In this example you can see that I’ve finished Halle’s head and am getting ready to start working on his body.


Halle the chihuahua (portrait in progress 2)


Final e-mail update

Sometimes the 4th e-mail update isn’t the final update but in this case it was. The number of e-mail updates will depend on the complexity and size of your portrait. You’ll notice in the final Halle the chihuahua portrait that the background is pink. The background is usually the last thing that I do and the client will choose the color unless they want me to choose. You can let me know what color background you would like as early as when you send me the photos. Will do gradient, grass or detailed backgrounds if desired. 

Also since the portrait is finished you can choose what color of mat you would like. The mat is basically the border around the picture that goes into a frame. This mat will be cut to a standard frame size. So if you order a 8 x 10 portrait it will be matted for a 11 x 14 frame. This works great because once the portrait is in your hands all you have to do is put it in a frame. Only the pencil and colored pencil portraits are matted.

If you order an acrylic painting the sides of the painting will be painted so you can hang it without a frame if desired. The canvases are hand stretched and have a wire on the back for easy hanging. You can also frame the painting if you want.


Halle the chihuahua (finished portrait)


Once the portrait is finished and matted will send the portrait out via usps priority mail. Will send you another e-mail letting you know the expected arrival date and give you a tracking number to track the package. 

Hope you found this information helpful and hope to do a portrait for you in the future!!!


Chad Thomas



February Colored Pencil Portrait SALE and holiday portraits


Colored pencil portraits are on sale for the month of February.

Here is a list of the regular and sale prices for the colored pencil portraits:

5 x 7 inches – $55   SALE $45

8 x 10 inches – $70   SALE $60

9 x 12 inches – $85   SALE $70

11 x 14 inches – $100  SALE $85

16 x 16 inches – $135  SALE $110

18 x 24 inches – $180  SALE $140

20 x 24 inches – $220  SALE $180

The colored pencil portraits when finished include being matted. If you are getting a 8 x 10 portrait it will be matted for a 11 x 14 frame.

If you wish to order a portrait or would like more info please send me an e-mail at or visit my website at

Also would like to share a bunch of the portraits that were done for the holidays!!!!


Sisters – acrylic painting


George and Bailey – colored pencil


Baby Tate – colored pencil


Chani and Xavier – colored pencil


Wright family – colored pencil


Manny and Louis – colored pencil


Kathy’s Aunt – colored pencil


Kyra, Lucy, and Rob – colored pencil


Larry and Jenna – acrylic painting


Clyde – colored pencil


Okie – acrylic painting

Four Generation portrait painting



Four Generation portrait painting – 18 x 24 inches 

The painting is done in acrylic paint. Had to make many changes due to quality of photo and other changes needed to be made as requested. Also added some mountains in the background. 

Here is the original reference photo that I worked from:



Also started a new piece of colored pencil artwork entitled “Hoo goes there”

Here is a portion of the work in progress:


Please visit for prices and information on portraits and to view more artwork.

Two new pet portraits and some progress



Antwon – acrylic paint 11 x 14

This is the second portrait of Antwon the yellow lab that I’ve done. The toy was left in the painting because Antwon always has to have something with him. 


colored pencil 8 x 10 inches

So much love in this picture!


Four Generation portrait painting in progress

Had to make a lot of changes so far with this since the original photo is very yellowed and there is shadows covering up important areas. Thank goodness for extra reference material!


If interested in getting a pet or people portrait please visit for more details


New family portrait painting finished and 2 colored pencils portraits in the works


Here is the newest painting that I’ve finished. It was done from 4 different pictures in which I layed out on the computer before starting. The size of the painting is 16 x 20 and done in acrylic paint.



Here some progress on the recent colored pencil portrait done from an old photo. Also started the colored pencil portrait of an older lady holding a shitzu.