Bombay | A Digital Painting

A recipient of one of my paintings contacted me asking if I could paint her friend’s puppy as a gift. She had a few photos and wasn’t sure which would be the best one to paint. This is totally normal – I rarely have clients who know exactly what image they want painted! I asked her to send me her favorites and I would help her whittle them down. We ended up picking one and during subsequent conversations, I discovered that this image would hang in her friend’s lake house. I decided to emphasize the lake background that was in one of the other images as well as give the pup a more relaxed open-mouthed smile since this was a happy place.

I painted the image, got approval from the client that it was acceptable (well, technically the response was, “THAT LOOKS AMAZING!!!! She is going to DIE!” and while I don’t particularly want my painting recipients to pass away, I thought that was a positive response.), and sent the file to my vendor to be professionally printed on high quality canvas and stretched.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!

Let’s Talk About Filters

SOOC image

I still get comments about how “Oh, I could do that with a filter” and “that’s not art” so I decided to do an experiment and compare two filters – one free and readily available, one higher end that’s used frequently in the artist community – with my own painting. The image to the right is the one that I received to paint.

This is Angel who recently passed away; her owners wanted a portrait of her. The painting took approximately three hours to complete and will be printed on fine art paper and framed. Zero filters were used in the completion of the image – every stroke is done by hand using a tablet and stylus.

There is a time and place for filters and I’ve done some great work with them in the past. But rest assured that every piece of art you receive from me is absolutely unique and cannot be replicated by any filter.

Image painted with the free “one button click” filter.

Image painted with the higher end filter.

Image painted digitally by hand.

The completed painting.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact Me

The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!

Commemorative Paintings

What is a Commemorative Painting?

As much as our pets mean to us, it’s frequently not until they’ve left us that we realize we don’t have a great image to provide us with comfort. Half of the images aren’t even printed, just languishing on our cell phones. While I would love to provide you with a photographic session, due to distance or time, that’s not always possible. The solution is a commemorative painting.

Paintings can provide joy and consolation to those enduring the loss of a loved one, reminding them of good times, smiles, and love.

I can work from reference images, even the ones on your cell phone, to create a painting celebrating your pet that you will cherish and display proudly in your home. I’m also frequently approached by those who want to give a custom painting to a friend or family member. While most of my subjects are pets, I’ve also been commissioned to paint people and even homes.

I paint digitally, on a computer, using digital brushes and paints. Some of the benefits of a digital painting is that they can be printed to any size and on any surface and I can make minor changes even after you see your proof. You can also have multiple copies if you’d like. Once painted, the file is provided to a print vendor that works exclusively with photographers and artists to create archival products. If desired, I can also have the image professionally matted and framed so that it’s ready to hang upon arrival.

My goal is to provide you with a finished piece of wall art that you absolutely love. I am an internationally award-winning digital artist and was recently named the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Ohio. I am constantly working on improving my skills and finding new and better ways to provide my clients with my best possible work.

For more information, go to pouka.com/paintings or view my portfolio at pouka.com/portfolio.  And I’m always happy to answer your questions if you email me at info@pouka.com!

People always say to take a lot of pictures and capture memories. That if you don’t you might regret not having moments to look back on. These words fell true when my sweet Hanna became ill and I realized I didn’t have very many “decent” photos of her.  I contacted Danica to see if she could work with any of the photos I had.  Thanks to her amazing talents with digital painting, Danica was able to salvage a mediocre photo of my sweet girl and turn it into a gorgeous piece of art that I will cherish for many years.

Marcie

Painesville, OH

I was so very impressed and happy with Danica’s work on the picture of my English Setter Bucky that I got my mom one of her Golden Retriever for Mothers Day! So much talent! You will not be disappointed! Thank you Danica for making my boy Bucky shine bright!!

Erin

Michigan

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact Me

The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!