Are you looking to get your beloved dog’s portrait done? Then look no further. Meet the pawpreneur Pawwrt launched two years ago by a brilliant artist whose name is Aishu. Her beautiful pet portraits are absolute keepsakes.
The passing of her beloved dog Caesar in January 2020 inspired Aishu to start drawing again. “Besides the fond memories of my boy, I wanted to create something beautiful to remember him forever, quite like a tribute to his beautiful soul and the difference he made in our lives. You know what I mean? That’s when I realised what kind of comfort a pet portrait could bring. Incidentally that was also the time that I started fostering and got actively involved with local rescues. I wanted to do something using my skills to support them. Now I make it a point to keep aside a certain amount every month from each order to be given to an animal shelter either locally or internationally.”
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Please describe Pawwrt in 100 words.
Aishu: Pawwrt is not just a page by an artist – that’s me – drawing from a reference point. It is a platform where every sketch is created to be personal and unique to each person’s emotions for their pets. With every sketch I do, I try to incorporate a pet parent’s creative ideas and aesthetics, be it small or big. That creative process is something special. It expresses a huge part of who I am and what I want people to know me for. What I would say is Pawwrt is my dream to create beautiful, everlasting memories for pet parents to cherish forever.
What do you find most fulfilling about doing pet portraits?
Aishu: What I find most fulfilling are the reactions of pet parents when they receive the portraits. They often tell me how I’ve captured the soul of their pet. When I think that this picture, this work that I’ve done reflects the personality of their pets it truly warms my heart. For me that’s the most fulfilling part of running Pawwrt.
Since you launched Pawwrt, how has it resonated with the community?
Aishu: I’ve had the most immense support from the pet community! And not just from those who order, but the feedback and criticism that I receive. The ideas, appreciations, market stall offers, everything has helped me grow as an artist and as a person. I’ve had people tell me that when they see videos of me sketching, it relaxes them. That truly matter a lot to me.
Could you please share your pricing structure and time taken to do a pet portrait so that our readers can get an idea?
Aishu: The pricing is based on the size and hours spent on creating the portrait, which can range between 20+ hours for the smallest size and 100+ hours for bigger ones. The standard sizes I offer are 15x15cm, A5, A4, A3 (bigger sizes upon request) and the pricing starts from AED450 up to AED1,800 for a single pet portrait.
Finally, what is that one crazy thing that you will do for the love of dogs?
Aishu: I’d like to paint all the walls and buildings with dog photos.