Char Reed Illustration

Creature Creator and Animal Artist in Garner, NC

Garner, NC

About Char Reed Illustration

Hi, I am Char Reed. My studio blends a passion for pet portrait and caricature art by keeping a sense of whimsy while applying the realistic touch of a wildlife artist. I offer creature design and pet caricature as well as pet portraits.

Since 2010, I have been catering to pet enthusiasts from all over the world seeking unique caricatures and portraits of their pets. The best thing about my business is that I am able to work from photos and communicate via email, allowing customers to contact me from anywhere including the US, Canada, Germany and the UK!

I look forward to hearing from you!


My business specialises in pet caricature and portraiture.

A pet portrait is a realistic painting of your pet. My studio’s pet portraits take on a more true to life approach, infusing your pet’s personality into a life-like quality portrait.

A pet caricature is a comical, amusing or entertaining depiction of your pet based largely on it’s personality while emphasising your pet’s individual physical traits. The pet caricatures produced by my studio have the sense of whimsy and exaggeration of caricature blended with a realistic rendering approach, producing a truly unique piece of art.


The majority of my art is produced digitally, using painting applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. I prefer the medium due to it’s quick nature and ease of cleanup. Digital art also allows your caricature to be printed easily on many items like prints, canvases, bags, mugs, shirts and more!

I also work in watercolour to create pet portrait paintings and caricatures. I paint on high quality Aquabord by Ampersand Art. It is a sturdy board that allows for easy framing and it will not warp. Please email me if you are interested in a watercolour painting!

Remodeling cost guides

Pet Proofing Cost
Average cost to pet proof a house in Garner is over $480 (pet gates, furniture protection and invisible fence)

Garner, NC 27529
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Payment options
Char Reed accepts Paypal and credit cards

I have a certification in 3D Digital Animation.

Services offered

I recommend having reference photos available of the pet you'd like to have painted. Sometimes this can be difficult if the painting is going to be a gift. You can sometimes find photos on the giftee's most used social networking site, like Facebook.

Make sure to have patience. Paintings take time, research and correspondence to complete. Be prompt in answering emails and other messages to ensure the fastest delivery of the final painting.

If ordering as a a gift for the holidays or a birthday, please plan and contact the artist 4-6 weeks in advance, the more time you build in, the better. A lot of unseen factors play into the completion of artwork, such as the artist's current queue of work, the time of year (holidays are extra busy!) and the artist's personal life (I promise it exists!).

I’ve drawn and painted since I could hold a crayon, so I decided in high school to make the hobby I did most of the time into my future career. I originally wanted to only do wildlife art, but my love for pets made me want to blend my passions into pet caricature and portraiture art. I try to keep a sense of whimsy while applying the realistic touch of a wildlife artist to create a unique, one of a kind pet caricatures and portraits.

Digital art has many stigmas attached to it.

I volunteer my art services to a local branch of the SPCA. They work as a non-kill shelter, but some of their pets are "long timers" and have been at the shelter for quite a while.

I work with the shelter pro-bona and do caricatures of these "long timers" to help them gain some exposure and spotlight. I offer a free print of the pet as incentive to adopt out that animal from the shelter. If even one pet gets adopted due to my offer, I will feel extremely happy to have helped play a part in getting that animal a forever home!

If someone is interested in a pet portrait or caricature, here are some useful steps to help aid the process and make it go easier:

  • Look at the artist's website and gallery for examples of their previous work.
  • Their style should be consistent in quality. Varying quality (one painting looks slapped together while another looks like it took a lot of time and effort) could result in an unsatisfying final painting.
  • Their work should be recent. If their work is older than 6-12 months, then it is possible that they are no longer offering pet art or they take a very long time to complete their paintings.
  • They appear friendly and forthcoming. Their site offers information about their process, price list and they appear to enjoy their work.

How does the ordering process work?

After payment has been processed, you will receive confirmation of payment. Within 48 hours, my studio will email you and collect the information about your pet, including reference pictures. After the information has been collected, work will begin on the portrait or caricature of your pet. After completion, your illustration will be made into the option you selected (a print, canvas or original) and shipped to the address provided when you submitted your payment.

How long does it take to complete a piece?

Do you offer any other options?

My studio's most commonly ordered type of commission is the 11x14" Bust Portrait. The size of the 11x14" is flexible, allowing it to rest on a desktop or be matted to a larger size to fill up more space on an bare wall!

I average about 12 paintings a month, with amounts to close to 150 paintings a year. My studio prides itself on producing quality art quickly and efficiently.

I work with my customers throughout the creation of the artwork, getting approval along the way. You don't have to worry or wonder what the piece will turn out like, because I will constantly share work-in-progress updates.

After the commission is completed to the customer's satisfaction, I will mail out the piece and it will arrive right to the customer's doorstep.

I offer special discounts and coupons to repeat customers and I offer these discounts once the commission is complete.

I am currently residing in the US, but I have lived all over the US and world. I worked in Norway for a couple of years. I have also travelled to France, the UK and Australia- where I got to meet one of my favourite animals, a cheetah named Nova. I horseback ride frequently and have worked at pet stores caring for a multitude of animals from cockatoos to tarantulas. I currently own an albino pet hedgehog named Brambleburr.

I offer a discounted rate for multiple pets within one painting. This saves people money as opposed to multiple paintings with only one animal in the painting.


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