Better reference photos will result in richer drawings. I often have clients ask me “will this photo work?” Short answer, yes. I can work off almost any photo — even those small, pixelated photos you took on your old cellphone. But I’ll have to make up some of that missing information. Things like hair, lighting and facial features can be enhanced, but it’s best if that information is there in the first place.

My best drawings are born from strong, hi-res source photos.

Good source photos are:
• Large: 5 x 7 at least
• Clear: no pixels, please
• Well lit: This doesn’t mean bright — just lit in a way that shows details, textures and contrast

Just a few tips to consider as you select your photo.


What would you like?

Glad you like my work — now you want your own?

Commissions are always welcome. I predominately do graphic design and custom charcoal drawings, but nothing is off-limits. Prints of most pieces are available as well.

Pet Portraits
5 x 7 : $85
8 x 10: $100
11 x 14 : $125

Larger/customs sizes also available.

Pet portraits make great gifts. People like to get them for new animal owners, gifts for families, and as memorials.

Contact Info
Dane Gagnon

Please allow enough time for completion (2 wks minimum) — the holiday season gets busy. Rush jobs accepted as time allows.

Payment can be done through paypal, cash, or cashiers check.

Thanks for looking.

— Dane