Different artists have different ways of working. To do a good pet portrait it is important that the artist gets a feel of the individual subject. Each pet is unique with not only character in looks, but also in personality. If an artist can get to meet your pet before doing a portrait, you are likely to get a more insightful piece of art. Whether the style of painting is realistic, impressionistic or stylistic, a successful portrait should reflect the individual personality of your little friend. If you are sending a photograph for reference make sure it is one that shows some character. Multiple photos are even better since they can be combined to capture the best of your pet’s personality.