I use reference photos provided by the client. Animals generally don't make great live models. Photos are sent digitally by e-mail to my studio. Clear, high resolution photos work best. I especially like to be able to see the eyes and your pet's expression. Those are what make a portrait special and not just a picture of any animal.
Time varies depending on the media and size of the artwork. For instance, a pencil drawing can be done within 5 days. An oil painting may take several weeks. Please plan ahead to allow me the time it takes to complete your choice of media.
I like to keep in touch with the person who commissioned the artwork and communicate usually by text or e-mail. As I start I'll send a sketch for your approval. Then will let you know when the artwork is completed by sending a text or e-mail along with a sample picture of your artwork.