Pet Story - Peter Parker

Every now and then, I’ll pick a pet to draw from my list of IG followers. Follow me @dollgift and hashtag your photo #dollgift_petstory to get notice (your account has to be public so I can see)! Please get in touch if your pet is drawn and you’d like to purchase the drawing as a print or on merchandise such as t-shirts, phone cases, pillows etc.

Today's chosen pet is from @peter_parker_17

Hello, my name is Peter Parker, everyone calls me Pete. One week ago I earned my wings and returned to heaven - I was finally free from pain, I feel so happy! My only concern had been my momma. I know she must be so heartbroken. I was too, having to leave her…. My brave momma had fought so many battles with me, for me… till the very end. But it was my time to go.. I lived 17 wonderful years on earth, that was very long for a dog! I was incredibly blessed. I wish my momma would know that I’m never far away. Sometimes I send her signs in the form of my scent, barking.. or I put her favourite song on radio.. and so many subtle signs! :) I love you momma. I’m doing very well so please don’t worry about me and take good care of yourself. And please tell Daisy I love her too (Daisy is my beautiful wife by the way). We will meet again someday. @peter_parker_17 @therealdaisylou

Send me a message if you would like to commission a portrait.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Pet Story - Roxy

Every now and then, I’ll pick a pet to draw from my list of IG followers. Follow me @dollgift and hashtag your photo #dollgift_petstory to get notice (your account has to be public so I can see)! Please get in touch if your pet is drawn and you’d like to purchase the drawing as a print or on merchandise such as t-shirts, phone cases, pillows etc.

Today's chosen pet is from @sweetxjane 

Hello, my name is Roxy and I’m a Pit Bull. I look like I’m wearing black leggings from side angle, isn’t that cute? :) Can someone explain to me why are people so afraid of us and banned us from many places? I know some of my brothers and sisters may look ‘fierce’ but we are be extremely loyal, loving and sweet too. My momma adopted me when I was a little nugget and she still calls me that years later, so I believe I’m very very special! Sometimes I would bring my toy to momma when she is working on her computer to remind her to take a break. I would also jumped onto the table to give her kisses when she comes home from outside. :D I wish everyone would give my brothers and sisters a chance to be their little nuggets too.

Send me a message if you would like to commission a portrait.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

My Art Journey

Someone had asked if a portion of the sales from my pet portraits would go to any charity. And since quite a number of you had just started following me, I thought I could take this opportunity to share my story with you. :)

I’m an animal lover if it isn’t obvious by now. I’ve always felt a connection with animals (especially dogs!) so naturally you can see them in all my works. My precious dachshund boy had been my greatest inspiration. I had Nono for 12 years and he crossed over the rainbow bridge in 2015. :'( After his passing, I made sure his spirit continues to live on, in my art.

I never had any formal education in fine art or illustration beside some weekend art classes I attended as a kid. Although I could see the gradual improvement in my works over the years, to be honest, I still struggle with confidence. (See the progression in my drawing style below - starting off as simple line drawings to more colours and details).

While I dedicate my life to create art that make people smile, the one mission dearest to my heart is to raise awareness for animal welfare and to promote love and compassion towards animals. Every month, I set aside 10% of my earnings into what I named the Angel Fund. There are a number of animal welfare groups/ causes I support. To date, I’d donated money and merchandise for fundraising to Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD), Causes For Animals (Singapore), Gentle Paws(Singapore), Hope For Paws (United States), Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), SPCA (Singapore) and various smaller non-profit groups (some I donated and then forgot their names. Lol). Once in a while, Angel Fund also helps individuals with their pet's medical bill appeals. Beside animals, I help humans whenever I can too! :D I’m happy to have contributed my cards to Punggol View Primary School for their fundraising event and Cause Corps (UK) for a very meaningful project - postcards writing to children with serious medical condition around the world.

So now you know, when you commission an illustration or buy something on my Redbubble store, you’ll be helping the animals (and humans) too! Sidetrack: How does Redbubble works, you may wonder. Redbubble is a print-on-demand store, meaning anyone can upload their art/ photos to sell. If someone orders a product with our design on it, we sellers earn a little profit. How much you set your profit margin will determine how much you earn. For me it’s around 20%-25% since it’s highly competitive on Redbubble. And because Redbubble is constantly running promotions, our profit is affected as well. Regardlessly, 10% goes into my Angel Fund. 

Yes, I’m doing this full time. This includes fulfilling every roles in every aspects you can think of - from creating new art to marketing, managing sales, website, Redbubble, social medias and all administrative, logistic and bookkeeping - all . by . myself. Admittedly, this path I’d chosen for myself can get very lonely and exhausting sometimes. What keeps me going is knowing how many animals/ people I'd helped and will be helping along the way. I'm blessed with this privilege. I only wish I could do so much more. Therefore, your support is very important to me. Every like, comment, share means alot to me. Even better when you commission an artwork or purchase something on my Redbubble store! If you feel inspired by my story and would like to make a donation to support what I do, you can do so via the donation button at the bottom of my website. Your love and support will allow me to continue on this journey.

Thank you for reading my entire essay! Haha! :*

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

 

Order A Portrait

I often get enquiries from people wanting to know how they can commission a portrait from me. Since I offer a number of customisation options, I understand it can be very confusing to some people. So I spent the past few days restructuring my website and also adjusted the pricing. When you go to my Order A Portrait page, you’ll be able to see the different types of portraits I offer and a page specifically to explain how each type works HERE.

If you’ve been wanting to order a portrait from me, now is the best time to do so because I’m offering a 10% off ALL portraits  to test out this new system. Offer is for limited period only (no minimum spending). Simply enter code word STAR444 during checkout to enjoy the offer.

See past clients' portrait for ideas and their reviews HERE

Ready to order a portrait? Head over to my Order A Portrait page! Drop me a message if you need more help. :)

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Pet Story - Daphne

Every now and then, I’ll pick a pet to draw from my list of IG followers. Follow me @dollgift and hashtag your photo #dollgift_petstory to get notice (your account has to be public so I can see)!

Today's chosen pet is from @fluffdogcrew

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Hello, my name is Daphne. I was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Korea. I was very lucky. Momma said when she saw my sweet face on a rescue page, she couldn’t get me out of her mind and so she arranged for me to be transported to Ohio to be with her family. I had three sisters. Sadly, sister Siouxsie (2nd sister) joined Lola (1st sister) at the rainbow bridge last month. Momma was heartbroken. She said they taught her to love and inspired her to rescue other dogs like me. Today I get to follow sister Bijou around the house getting all the love and treats we deserve. Everyone agrees we look really cute together! Did I mention she looks like baby Chewbacca? I wish the other friends at the shelters will be as lucky as us..

Please get in touch if your pet is drawn and you’d like to purchase the drawing as a print or on merchandise such as t-shirts, phone cases, pillows etc.

Send me a message if you would like to commission a portrait.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Pet Story - Sadie

Hello, my name is Sadie. I was kept in a garage and neglected for years. I was old and in very bad shape when a kind gentle soul saved me out of there one day. She gave me a beautiful home and showed me so much love for the next couple of years. Thank you, momma! Even though I am in doggie heaven now, I visit you and sister Sassy often. Sometimes I snuggled up beside while you nap. Please don’t worry about me, I am very happy here with many friends and grandpa to play with. See, I even grew a pair of wings! I love you very much, momma. I know we will meet again some day. When you miss me, know that I am just close by. @kimhawks3 .

Every now and then, I’ll randomly pick a pet to draw from my list of Instagram followers. Follow me and hashtag your picture #dollgift_petstory to get notice! All animals are welcome! 💜 Please get in touch if your pet is drawn and you’d like to purchase the drawing as print or on merchandise such as t-shirts, phone cases, pillows etc. 

Update: Some time ago, I decided to draw (and tell the stories) of random Instagram followers' pets. I thought it was fun and also a nice way to show my appreciation for their support. What I never thought was it could mean SO much to them. I feel extremely honoured to be able to use my creative talent to touch someone’s life. Thank you for letting me see it. I’ll never doubt myself again.

Never underestimate the power of small gestures and the gift you can offer to the world.

Send me a message if you would like to commission a portrait! I offer several packages depending on what you need. For more details, you can also visit - http://www.mydollgift.com/pet-portrait/

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Pet Story - Smudge

Hello, my name is Smudge. I is nearly deaf but my hooman mom says I can still hear the sound of a cheese wrapper. Mom also likes to call me old lady. Silly hooman, I looks nowhere near old. I think I can pass off as a puppy with my adorable underbite and I can almost always get away with anything with this face. Now, has you got cheese in your bag? @nightowly .

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Every now and then, I’ll randomly pick a pet to draw from my list of followers on Instagram. Follow me and hashtag your picture #dollgift_petstory to get notice! All animals are welcome.


Please get in touch if your pet is drawn and you’d like to purchase the drawing as print or on merchandise such as t-shirts, phone cases, pillows etc.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Custom Pet Portraits

Commissioned pet portrait 1: Phoebe with her signature head tilt. Isn’t she a cute little angel? Thank you @didel613 for ordering this to surprise Diane. You’re the sweetest friend anyone can ask for.

Clients's note: ''It’s so realistic looking wow, and I can also feel the her staring at me! I hope Diane, Phoebes Mom will love it as much as I do...I think she will. I can’t honestly thank you enough for your willingness to do this, and your time and love you put into it. It really shows!'' - Diane (United States)

Recipient's note: ''A sincere thank you to @didel613 for commissioning this amazing portrait of my sweet Phoebe. I can’t stop looking at it! Also thanks to the artist @dollgift You have perfectly captured her vibe. I am in awe of your talent. Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart.'' Waltersphoebe (United States)

Commissioned pet portrait 2: I waited to share this piece for a long time. It was meant to be a surprise; I wanted the recipient to see it first so as not to ruin their surprise. Custom orders such as this always make me happy knowing that someone cares alot to want to do something special for their loved one. And it was my absolute pleasure they entrusted me to help. For this particular piece, a group of friends decided to come together to comfort a friend - Michelle had lost her beloved dog recently. The best part is, I know some of them had only met through Instagram (one thing I love about social media!). I was touched beyond words by their sweet gesture. Thank you for letting me be a part of this. A special thanks to @didel613 for the correspondence and for making this happen. You guys are amazing. Thank you for letting me know you love the art piece and for the permission to share your photo as well, Michelle - I hope you find some comfort everytime you look at this drawing. Know that you and Peanut are very loved by many friends. @peanut_dachshund. 💜

Recipient's note: ''I got the most beautiful gift today from my amazing friends. I cannot thank y’all enough for coming together to make this gift possible I’ve been looking at this painting for hours you have no idea how much this mean to me. It’s perfect in every way you guys really put the biggest smile on my face today. A big thank you to the artists @dollgift for taking the time to make this for my family and I, You are so talented and I’m so blessed to have one your art pieces. Thank you again to me amazing instagram Family I don’t know what I would do without you! Peanut I hope you can see this beautiful painting from heaven and I hope you makes you happy. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you but now when I see this picture I will smile and remember the memories we made that day. I love you old man & don’t forget you are my sunshine.'' - Michelle (United States)

If you’d also like to have your pet drawn, get in touch for a quote or visit my shop page for more details!

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

New works

''When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.'' -Wayne Dyer

Take time to relax, and enjoy a cup of tea. ~ <3

Art prints available on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Now I'm going to introduce the cutest Weenicorn to you. Meet Little Evans (L.E)!!! Isn't she the cutest?

You can follow @krisegirl on Instagram for more photos of L.E and her siblings. Let me tell you, they're all SO cute it's impossible to favour one over the other. In fact I had a hard time deciding which photo to work on.

If you'd like to win a free portrait of your pet as well, simply follow me on Instagram @dollgift. It doesn't matter if your furkid is here or in heaven, I'll pick a random photo from my follower list to work on next. Alternatively, you can also DM me photos of your beloved pet. If your submission is picked, I'll send you a high res digital copy of the portrait for FREE. You may keep the file, print it out to have it framed and hang on your wall or even print it onto merchandise. If you'd like for me to print it out and send to your home, printing and postage fee apply. If your submission is not selected, you can still customise a portrait of your pet. More information here, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Enjoy your weekend!~

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Our Story & Free Pet Portrait

Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite. ~ <3

Customise this unique and thoughtful gift for wedding, anniversary, Valentines' day, housewarming or any other day. You don't need a special occasion to send a gift anyway. :)

You can also choose to customise a new design. More designs and full details here, 

This week's Free Pet Portrait is dedicated to an adventurous dog named, Poh! 
Poh is a 15 years young rescued dog. When his human parents found out that he has only limited time left on earth, they decided to bring him on a bucket list road trip. Poh's story went viral and has 121k followers on his Instagram cheering him on till date. The love of his parents touched me deeply. So here's a portrait of Poh, the amazing adventurer! You can show them some love and support by following them on Instagram @pohthedogsbigadventure.

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Now you can DM me photos of your beloved pet on Instagram or Facebook (whether they are here or in heaven) for next week's Free Pet Portrait. If your submission is picked, I'll send you a high res digital copy of the portrait for FREE. You may keep the file, print it out to have it framed and hang on your wall or even print it onto merchandise. If you'd like for me to print it out and send to your home, printing and postage fee apply. 

If your submission is not selected, you can still customise a portrait of your pet at a special price of US$68 (smaller dimension available at lower price). More information here, https://goo.gl/sGw2hR

Have a fabulous week ahead~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

*Photos of Poh are taken from their Instagram*