Canine Caricature portraits are $100 per pet. You only have to pay a $25 deposit (per pet) when you place your order, and the remaining balance is paid once your artwork is complete and ready to be shipped.
It's simple! I have upload forms available when you place your order. You can also email your photos to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reply to your order confirmation with your photos attached.
I will work with whatever you're able to provide. My preference is for photos take at (or close to) the pet's eye level... as opposed to standing over them looking straight down.
The photos you provide will tell me everything I need to know about what your pet looks like. When I look at your photos, I'm looking for general coloring and markings, ear shape, nose and eye color, tail length, etc. But, I'm especially looking for all of the "little" things (one ear up/one ear down, white tips on the toes, subtle freckling, etc.).
Think of it this way: You are sending me photos of what you think your pet looks like. I'm going to send you a caricature of what I think your photos look like. In other words, if you want me to draw your dog with her ears up, dont only send me photos with her ears back.
For multiple pets in one illustration, you DO NOT need to send photos of your pets together. However, group photos do help in size comparison. Please provide multiple photos of EACH subject to be drawn.
Does your pet have a favorite toy or blanket? Does she sit in a funny way or is a “head-tilter”? Maybe you have a favorite movie that you want your pet role-playing in. Does your dog or cat always do something you find endearing (i.e. carries around a pillow, hunt lizards or squirrels, etc.) or something that drives you nuts (i.e. chews pillows to shreds, farts, etc…)?
For multiple pets, what is their relationship to each other?
I highly recommend checking out the BLOG on CanineCaricature.com and the many posts on Instagram and Facebook to see examples of illustrations that I’ve done for other pet parents. You may see something that gives you an idea of what you’d like me to capture.
The more fun you have with this, the more fun I will have with it. And, therefore, the more fun the artwork will be.
By default, I will draw orders for multiple pets together in one portrait. However, if you prefer to have your pets drawn separately, you can simply request separate portraits as opposed to a group portrait. Regardless of layout, portraits are priced PER PET.
I began my retail caricature career at Busch Gardens in Florida and have drawn at a number of theme/adventure parks. I have drawn live at special events and completed commissions of "human" subjects. I have drawn people for years. If you would like to include a person or people in your order, please consider the human subject as a "pet" when ordering. And please remember... It's a caricature and it is intended to be a likeness exaggerated for comic effect.
My average turnaround time is anywhere between 1-4 weeks.
Generally speaking, I complete projects in the order in which they are received. I publish my current order queue on my CALENDAR so that you can see when it is that I expect your order to be worked. The calendar is listed by order number.
The schedule is updated daily and orders can be moved up or down based on a number of factors. I spend all the time that I feel is necessary to complete the artwork to my own standards of satisfaction. Some portraits may take longer than others and this could affect the rest of that day’s schedule… as well as the subsequent orders that follow.
If I have not received your photos and notes by the time that I am set to begin your order, I will not simply “skip” you. I will reach out, via email, with a reminder for your reference pics. I will then move on to the next order in queue. Once your photos have been received, I will reschedule your order for a new completion date.
When your artwork has been completed, I will send you an invoice for the remaining balance (plus shipping)… along with a preview image of the artwork.
Yes! Once you've ordered a custom pet portrait of your pet, your artwork will be added to our Custom Pet Merch database. There, you can shop for your pet on t-shirts, mugs, bags, decor and more! Many products are customizable, providing you with hundreds of different options. Check out the Custom Pet Merch page, or check out some of the FAQs on this page.
While you own the original artwork, the artist retains the copyright for each original creation. Because of this, you are not able to reproduce the artwork. You can, however, order additional prints and copies from me directly. If you were needing to reproduce your artwork for any reason, please feel free to contact me so I can accommodate your requests. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more info.
Customer satisfation is very important to me and I am always willing to go above and beyond for each and every commission.
The $25-per-pet deposit is non-refundable.
You will be sent a preview picture of your artwork before it's shipped out. You have this opportunity to review the finished product before you pay the balance. Adjustments and redraws can be discussed at this time.
I do not offer refunds on completed custom pet portraits that have been approved and paid in full. However, if your artwork arrives damaged, please contact me right away!
PLEASE REMEMBER: Each illustration is drawn exactly the way I intended. When you purchase a custom caricature by John LaFree, you are purchasing your pet as seen through the eyes of John LaFree.
First, you need to have placed an order for a Custom Canine Caricature Pet Portrait. If you haven't done this yet, you will need to in order to be able to get custom artwork available for print on our products.
To shop for products featuring your pets, visit the Custom Pet Merch page and follow the instructions on the page. You should be able to see your artwork on a variety of products, many of which are customizable to your liking.