“Naomi captured our dearly departed Louie perfectly…”
“The loss of my beloved Louie was such a shock. Thanks to Naomi she will be forever with us, watching over us and judging our silliness as she used to do! Naomi asked questions about Louie’s personality, likes and dislikes and using this she got the very essence of her in this wonderful portrait. I ABSOLUTELY recommend her, whether it's a memorial or a just because you want a portrait. She is an amazing artist. THANK YOU Naomi so, so much!” - Norma Dunleavy
If you have a special feline family member, or you have a loved one who’s cat is the apple of their eye, then you’ve come to the right place. I specialise in creating cat portraits that epitomise your cat’s beautiful nature and capture all that they mean to you.
Your cat will be as unique to you as your fingerprint. He might be a true mummy’s boy and love curling up on your lap for some affection. Night time calls for extra snuggles of course, and he’s a master at sneaking under the bed sheets and stretching himself out full length next to you!
You might have a more mischievous moggy in your life. Her daring acrobats are always getting her into tight spaces. That Velux window looked like the perfect place for a cosy sunbathe, but now the route down is looking more than a little taxing!
Maybe you and your cat have been on quite the emotional journey. Having being rescued from a difficult start to life, he’s taken years to learn trust again. Now you both share an unbreakable bond and you’d never be without him.
Knowing your cat’s unique personality is key to enabling me to craft your perfect portrait, that really captures them down to a tee.
Understanding your cat
Before I begin drawing your cat, it’s key that I can learn as much about them as possible. I’ll ask you to give me an insight into their characteristics, their quirks, their likes and dislikes. Where did she come from? Has she been a member of your family since a kitten, or is she a rescue that had a hard start to life.
You can tell me stories, or send me photos that really sum up her nature. You can even send me a short video clip if you wish.
These key insights will help me to build up a wonderful picture of your cats’ personality, so that I can craft a portrait that captures their true likeness.
Some of the fabulous photos I’ve been sent from clients to give me an insight into their cat’s personality.
“My wife and I commissioned Naomi to draw a portrait of our cat who recently passed away. Naomi was very communicative and helpful when discussing reference photos for the pose in the portrait. She makes an effort to understand the personality of the pets she draws and makes sure it comes through in the portrait. The final result is absolutely incredible.” – Neil Matthews
Drawing your portrait from photos
As well as sending me photos which demonstrate your cat’s personality, I’ll also ask you to send me some good quality photos which I can use to draw your cat. I call these ‘reference photos’. Your reference photos might be the same as your ‘personality photos’ of course, and that’s fine. Just bear in mind that reference photos will need to be of good quality; taken at high resolution, with sharp details and good lighting. You can view my Photo Guide for more tips on choosing suitable reference photos.
This cute portrait of Arlo the kitten was commissioned as a surprise birthday gift for my client’s wife, Caroline. Arlo’s portrait is the second drawing I’ve done for them both. The first was of their gorgeous Cocker Spaniel, Lily. Both Lily and Arlo’s portraits now hang proudly on display in the family home.
Gifting a portrait to a loved one
If Christmas is looming on the horizon, you’re probably searching for that perfect gift for your loved one. Or maybe they have a special birthday coming up. Whatever the occasion, if your loved one is besotted with their feline friend, then a beautifully hand-crafted cat portrait will make for a truly memorable gift.
I’m always very discreet with surprise portraits; I know how precious that moment of unwrapping will be, and the excitement of watching your loved one see their portrait for the first time. I’ll never post up images or details of your portrait on my website or social media channels until you’ve gifted it to your loved one. I’ll also check your delivery preferences with you. You may wish to have it delivered to your work address for example. All exterior packaging will be unbranded so as not to give the game away!
If you wish to gift a portrait for a special occasion, then it’s key to get in touch with me early. Often my waiting list can be several months long. In the event that I’m booked up, you may wish to purchase a gift voucher instead. These work especially well if you think your loved one would love to be involved in the creation of their artwork. Not only will they be able to tell me all about their cat, and choose which photos I work from, but they’ll have the added excitement of seeing photo and video updates as their portrait unfolds. For more information, please visit my Gift Vouchers page.
Portrait of “Tiggy” alongside one of the reference photos my client sent me. Tiggy’s owner was given one of my Gift Vouchers as a special Christmas present from her husband. She was so excited to see her portrait of Tiggy unfold through my regular updates on social media. Receiving the finished drawing was the icing on the cake!
Choosing the size of your drawing
I have a wide range of size options available for your artwork so there’s something to suit everyone. Selecting the right size for your cat portrait will need a little more thought than simply ‘what will fit on my wall’. Obviously, this is an important consideration, but there are a few other things you might want to think about…
For example, is your cat a giant bundle of Maine Coon fluff, or is she a petite Cornish Rex. Your cat’s physical size can have an important bearing on the dimensions of your portrait, as you may wish to go for something that’s life sized.
What are your favourite features of your cat? If you love his gorgeous captivating eyes, and his cute eye whiskers, then I’d recommend a head and shoulders portrait. Or if you adore her unique fur markings and want to show off her beautiful figure, a full body portrait might be more fitting. I’d always recommend going for a larger size if you’d like the full body option. The bigger the size, the more detail I can work into the drawing, creating an exceptionally high level of realism.
These are just two examples of points you may wish to consider. For a full run down, please read my Size Guide.
These portraits of Banoffee and Brownie were commissioned by my client as a surprise birthday gift for his wife. As you can see, both cats have the most fabulous eyes, so this pair of head and shoulder portraits captured their facial features perfectly.
I am based in a beautiful part of the world called Cornwall, in the UK. Some of my clients are local to me, but the vast majority are spread all over the world. My portraits are regularly shipped to all corners of the globe, including the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. My Prices page details delivery costs to destinations in the UK, USA and Europe. If you’re located elsewhere, don’t worry. Just contact me and I can provide you with a personalised shipping quotation.
You can find some more generic information on my Pet Portrait Advice page. This details how the whole process works, from ordering your bespoke portrait, right through to receiving it on your doorstep.
“I’ve just received my finished pet portrait from Naomi and it is absolutely perfect. It completely captures my family cat’s personality... I couldn’t be happier with it and my family said it’s one of the most meaningful presents that they’ve ever received. It will keep Simba’s memory alive in the home. I couldn’t think of a better present to gift to a pet owner, whether the pet has passed or still a big part of the family!" - Abbey Woodward