Artist Paints Adorable Tiny Animal Portraits

Julienne Grey is a gifted artist who paints tiny pet portraits. The New York-based Grey is also a writer whose work has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She also has two dogs, Bebe and Zuzu, who inspired her to start painting small portraits.

“While I’d been drawing pet portraits for over a year, only after taking home Bebe and Zuzu did I realize how useful miniature pet portraits are,” the artist wrote on Bored Panda. “You can take 1-inch pendants everywhere you go.”

For her, the most challenging thing is to capture the tiniest hairs and highlights, so she uses extra-fine brush pens and super-sharpened pencils.

“The full process of painting and turning the portrait into a glass pendant takes a couple of days, so I like to work on more than one project at a time,” she added. “My favorite part is the way that the glass magnifies the pet’s eyes. And I love how much the pendant will mean to the pet’s loving family.”

If you want to see more of Grey’s work, you can check out her Instagram account, Etsy store, or have a look at her personal website.