Real Paint

Yes, these are done with REAL acrylic paint.

The over-30 demographic tend to value physical artwork over digital artwork.  They want it on their walls or next to their pet's memorial.

I paint the background first because it looks obvious if the background is painted around the subject.  Then I underpaint and block in colors.  I went for a playful style.  With pets, the key points are to accurately portray their fur color and eyes.