Camryn Breneman is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator at Whitworth University. She focuses on pet portraits and sells her work as commissions on Etsy. She enjoys creating designs that bring joy to the viewer through the expressions of animals.
This piece was for a client who wanted a portrait of their pet bunny, Cami. I used reference photos to replicate the bunny’s patterns in an illustrative manner. I used textured brushes in Procreate to give a soft feel to the piece. As an artist, this piece has challenged me and pushed me to get out of my comfort zone (illustrating dogs and cats). The piece was shared on the clients Instagram page and received 500+ likes, and 100+ comments.
These family portraits were created using Procreate, Apple IPencil, and IPad. All of them are for different families with different pets. The frog was a challenge, but it was fun expanding my skills. I used textured brushes and highlighted different color pallets on each to illustrate a variety of moods. I focused on capturing the unique features of each person and animal. From there I played with layout and proportions. The hair coming out from the frame creates a more dynamic composition for a more enjoyable viewing experience.
Each book cover was designed using Procreate, my iPad, and my iPencil. The Alice in Wonderland Book Cover was based off of a vintage cover I found online where Alice is taking a bite from the mushroom. I recreated this cover in a modern fashion using an illustrative style and bright color pallet. I let my creativity flow when it came to drawing the plants to create the feel of wonderland. As for the Poppy cover, I created a narrative on the cover that leads the viewer into the book with design principles. Poppy, the main character, is a mouse who lives in the forest. This book is about her adventures. I have her pointing her needle towards the beginning of the book, and I have the owl swooping down on her. This creates the visual narrative that encourages the viewer to open up the book. The plants are more strategically placed to create visual interest in relation to the characters.
My pet portraits are all commissioned. I use Procreate and a variety of brushes to achieve detailed portraits of peoplesbeloved pets. I’ve done 100+ pet portraits in the last year and a half and have sold pieces through Etsy, Instagram, farmers markets, and craft fairs. Being able to use a reference photo and capture specific animals’ unique features has been a challenge for me as an artist and I’ve noticed my illustration skills improving from doing these. Each portrait is completely original and personalized to the client’s needs.