Custom Pet Portraits from Pet Photographs

Pet Portraits from Photos UK - Pastel Dog Portrait.Welcome to my website, which has been online since 2005. A drawing of your pet is a very special way of honouring your animal friend. It creates a lasting memory.

Commissions for Christmas 2024 are now being accepted

My name is Sandra Palme, I’m a professional artist based in South East England, specialising in hand-drawn custom pet portraits primarily in pastels and charcoal. I love animals and have been creating affordable pet portraits for more than 17 years.

Since starting my pet art business in 2007, I have accepted hundreds of commissions worldwide and would be happy to create a special memory of your dog, horse, pony, cat or any pet from your favourite photo(s). When drawing, my aim is to capture your pet’s personality and essence as well as their looks. From personal experience, I know how special your pet is to you!

Please take a moment to view the galleries below for some examples of my drawings, including head studies, full-body and group portraits of pets in pastels or charcoal. This is just a sample of previous commissions as it is impossible to display all of them. 


Pet Portraits From Photos


High-quality Art Materials

I use only the best high-quality art materials (pastel sticks and pencils, special pastel paper etc.). It is interesting to compare some of my drawings of pets to the reference picture they were drawn from.  Read customer comments, or see photos of happy customers after they have had the delivery of their finished drawing.

Happy Customers with Framed Pet Portraits

Maybe you have an idea for a pet drawing?

If you have an idea for a drawing, with a particular type of pose or for a montage of several small images, please let me know as I am always open to suggestions from customers.

Framed portrait of seven dogs

All that is required is at least one good reference photograph that you can e-mail. I pride myself in producing highly detailed, realistic artwork and guaranteeing a very good likeness of your pet, capturing their unique character.

If you are interested in having a pet drawn for you, your partner, a family member or a friend, or have any questions – email me for a free quote:
You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – links at the bottom of the page

Horse Pastel Portrait

German Shepherd Charcoal Portrait

Rabbit Portrait

Pastel Bird Portrait


Charcoal from £89.99 + p&p
Pastel from £119.99 + p&p

If you are thinking about ordering a portrait of your own pet or another animal lover’s, have a look at the information page and my price list and then contact me by filling in the contact form or by sending me an e-mail. I will always try to reply within 24 hours and am always happy to help. During the drawing process, I can email photos of the ‘work in progress’. Once your drawing is completed, a scan will be e-mailed to you for approval. I only require a small deposit; the balance is not due until you are 100% happy with my work.

Happy Customers’ Comments

Irish Setter

“My beautiful Murphy-Moo was brought to life by the exceptionally talented Sandra Palme. Can’t thank you enough, Sandra – it’s like looking at a photo… but better. Truly magnificent! x”

Sarah M.


“Sandra – it is absolutely fantastic, it’s just Annie! I just know her owner will love it, I can’t wait until Christmas now to show her! Thank you so much.”

Kerri W.

Yellow Labrador

“Hi Sandra just letting you know the painting has arrived and it looks fabulous!!! We will be taking it to a framer soon. I shall definitely recommend you to anyone that wants a portrait doing! Thank you again so so much -it turned out to be the perfect birthday present. Many Thanks,”

Katie B.


“All we can say is wow and thank you! We received the portrait Friday and the detail is just incredible!”

Georgia and Jack R.

Rough Collie

“Sandra, Scott and I just opened up Casey’s portrait. It is so wonderful. The packaging was totally intact. We are going to frame him ourselves because we do not want anyone else handling him. I cannot thank you enough for the way you have made him alive with your amazing ability. We love him and will treasure him forever. Thank you Thank you Thank you. It is truly my boy!”

Dendy & Scott D. , USA

Miniature Poodle

“The portrait looks perfect! The 2 girls look so pretty & I don’t know how you’ve done it, but you’ve really captured their personalities & sparkle in their faces! You’re so talented! Thank you!” and “I gave the portrait to my Dad yesterday. He was delighted! He said it was “Remarkable”. He loved how ‘real’ the girls looked and he is thrilled.“

Beki S., England