The soul of your pet
in watercolor

Custom pet portrait

About me

My name is Yana. 

I have been working with watercolor for more than 10 years now. My style is primarily realistic, and my work is filled with emotions and memories from my trips around the world.

Between 2014 and 2020 I travelled nonstop and had an opportunity to live in 6 different countries. 

That was also when I started hosting watercolor workshops and privates and sharing my knowledge via my online courses. Today, my portfolio counts more than 50 courses and thousands of happy students. 

I am a co-founder at Online Watercolor Academy.

My originals are now in private collections around the world: the USA, the UK, Australia, and countries of Europe.

Original work and prints are available for sale on my official website and partners’ websites. Some of them received special awards at international competitions.  

Recently, a little shiba inu, Kaiju, joined our family. This turned my attention towards animals and enormous love they bring to their people. And so pets became a new source of my artistic inspiration. I am excited about figuring out ways to show emotions in the eyes of our furry friends, their energy, and their happiness.

That is why I am looking forward to your stories about your beautiful pets!

How it works

  • Fill out the form below. Share as many details as you can so I better understand and connect with your pet.
  • Tell me about his (her) personality, share fun stories or simply why you love them so much.
  • Add a high-resolution photo.
  • Pick one of the three sizes available.
  • Check your inbox for an email from me with further details.

*Do not forget to mention a promo code if you have one.

After you complete the form, I will email you about our further steps. We will discuss your desires and expectations about the portrait at this stage. Feel free to share your ideas with me and I will do my best to make them happen!   

By default, the portrait includes one animal and a white background. 

Depending on my workload, it might take up to 1 week to finish a portrait. 
I deliver worldwide.

*Delivery to Ukraine and within the country is free.

IMPORTANT: watercolor is a very sensitive material based on water. It does not forgive mistakes and does not allow corrections. That means adding or changing anything after the painting is done is impossible. The only option is to start over which would be considered as a new commission.

Nevertheless, I place utmost importance on the quality of my artwork, and I am committed to ensuring that each piece meets the highest standards before its release. I guruantee that you will receive an impeccable final product, and no corrections will be needed.

How to take a photo for reference

I am sure you have thousands of beautiful photos of your pets. But not every photo is a good reference for a watercolor painting. 

Here are my recommendations:


  • The high quality of a photo is essential. Your pet must be clear and in focus.
  • Natural light is better than artificial. Try to take a photo outdoors during the “golden hours”: early morning or sunset time. 
  • Avoid shooting from the top. While such shots might look cute this angle will not translate well into a painting. Instead, aim to photograph your pet at eye level and from a three-quarter angle.
  • Do not worry if the whole body does not fit into the shot. My primary focus is on the face and details of the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. 
  • Your photo’s background is not essential. By default, I will make it white in the painting except when a pet is white as well. In that case, the background will be in soft pastel tones. 

Three sizes

These are standard frame dimensions you can find in any commercial store.

Hassle-free experience! If you do not plan to order a custom frame you can always get a ready-to-use one in a shop. And voila! Your artwork is ready to hang on the wall!

20 * 30 cm [7.9 * 11.8 in]

215 USD

30 * 40 cm [11.8 * 15.7 in]

255 USD

40 * 50 cm [15.7 * 19.7 in]

315 USD

*If you have a special request regarding your portrait (add another animal, different size, or background color) please let me know about it when placing an order via the form.

*Orders from Ukrainians automatically receive 50% discount.


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Question? Do not hesitate contacting me, I will be happy to answer any of your questions!
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Yana Shvets