Shiba Inu Pet Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Shiba Inu Pet Portraits

Shiba Inu Pet Portraits

Pet Portrait Commission Info

This was one of the last oil paintings I created that year, two dogs are laying on a sofa next to each other. The breed is Shiba Inu and their names are Aiko and Zuki, two really beautiful dogs. The pet portrait is painted on high quality stretched Belgian linen canvas.

Helle commissioned this portrait as a Christmas gift and it was a joy painting it. I really wanted to achieve a warm feel with a bit of drama, so I used a limited palette the entire painting process and only added one more color at the end which I thought was missing, Winsor Yellow. The yellow is only used on the dogs.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 50 x 40 cm
Year Painted: 2011
Subject: Dogs / Shiba Inu/ Aiko & Zuki
Commissioned by: Helle Söderberg, Sweden

The Reference Photograph of "Aiko & Zuki"

I got several good photos from Helle to work from, but this is the one we decided to work from. I deleted all unwanted items from the photo, such as table and the window in the back. I also cropped the photo to make Aiko and Zuki appear larger and also added some soft edges to the sofa. The original photo is to the right and my mock-up is to the left.

Reference Photo

Pet Portrait in Progress

Below you can view a few work in progress photos of this portrait. It is important for me that you understand the painting process at the same as you have a full input the entire time, that is why I’m prepared to spend some extra time in order to keep you regularly updated. I have had this feature for many years, even though I uploaded the progress images to a static html page at first. Now I use my portraits in blog for this exciting feature. If you do not wish to share your painting’s progress or the completed painting with the world, I can send you the progress images by email. Several clients decided to do this, especially famous ones.

Shiba Inu Pet Portraits

Hi Katja,

I was thrilled with the painting, it is incredibly beautiful. You have really captured both dogs' personalities, nicely done. This painting will follow me all my life. Ida talked about that we would take a picture of both dogs and painting and send it to you, just have not had time yet.
Best regards,
Helle Söderberg