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TEST custom pet portraits by melissa averinos

yay! i'm so glad you're here.

hi, i’m melissa and i love drawing people’s pets!

sometimes the pet parent is so happy to see their own sweet baby angel as the subject of a painting that they message me in tears!

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Ahhhh! I FRIGGIN LOVE THAT! Best. Compliment. Ever.
That's where my tagline comes from:
Pet Portraits by Melissa Averinos:
The Gift That Makes People Cry


Now, please tell me:

Would your precious babycat be the perfect artist’s meowdel?

Does your sweet doggo’s face need to be immortalized in a work of art? 

HARD YES, right? 

I mean, obviously.

ok but here’s the thing:

  • there are a limited number of commissions available each month (it varies!)
  • only peeps on my email list get notified when i add new commission slots (because the are my VIPs and i love them)
  • this means, getting on the list is the only way to book, ok? 

SO. if you are you like "omg i love these, LET'S DO THIS!" or even simply "i like these a lot, maybe i'll get one someday" the next step is to sign up by entering your info right here: 

Did you do it? If so, keep an eye on your inbox so you don't miss an opportunity to book a portrait of your sweet bebby! ( email will be from melissa @ yummygoods, i'll tell you about that further down! )

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 “Hmmmmm... ✨Commissioning✨A ✨Portrait ✨ sounds kinda fancy. This is probably wicked expensive, right?"

Ha ha, NOPE!
prices for my custom pet portraits start at  $300. and if that is just a bit more than you can swing right now, i have a *buy now pay later* option!)
(scroll down for more pricing info)

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In my one-weirdo art businessi do a bunch of different things (more on that later) but the pet portrait commissions are probably my favorite! Obsessing over pet photos, drawing your precious floof for hours, creating layers of color and texture to bring a portrait to life --- it's one of my favorite things to do in life!

 Just add some reruns of  British Bake-Off in the background and my pets strewn around me and that's an ideal way to spend the day, if you ask me.
 “Melissa was fantastic to work with - friendly, communicative, prompt - and I think she was  as excited to create the pieces as I was to receive them.” --- sharyn from nova scotia
Spoiler: Sharyn is not wrong. i really do get so excited about each portrait!

As a devoted cat and dog mom myself ( i’m pretty much IN LOVE with my cat Butterbean 👀 DO NOT TELL THE OTHERS), i understand the love and comfort our beasties give us every day. It is an absolute pleasure to pour my heart into colorful, nontraditional pet portraits for my awesome clients.
SPEAKING OF BUTTERBEAN please now behold himb's unbearable cuteness:

I MEAN. can you even deal? himb is so perfect I can't handle it 😭 (everyone takes selfies with their pets, right?)

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❤️ Many of my portraits are commissioned after a beloved pet has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  ❤️

It is such an honor to do these memorials for grieving pet parents. 
the late, great Scuttlebutt:


"The artwork Melissa did for me soothes my heart and has helped to ease my grief at the passing of my best kitty friend. It's true that art heals." --- jill from iowa city IA

❤️ OH MY HEART! ❤️

“Shortly after we lost Bizzi, our beloved mini-schnauzer, I asked Melissa to do a memorial portrait.  She captured the personality of our sweet girl perfectly! I love the bright and cheerful colors. I hung the artwork in my studio where Bizzi can watch over me." --- leslie from shavano park, TX 

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and now a brief interlude 

Me (all casual-like) : Hey! Would you ever wear a hoodie with a cat/dog on it?

You (all “pfffft”) : OF COURSEi would! I’m a hard core Cat Lady* from way back. (*please substitute your pet type and whichever term you prefer and really put yourself into the role, ok? all right, here we go. you’re doing great, keep going)

Me (getting INTO it): Cool, cool, cool. So, ah, how would you feel about a hoodie with...(dramatic pause)...YOUR OWN PRECIOUS BABYCAT on it???


You (like, stunned): WAIT WUT

Me: Yeah. Like cool, fun art of your pet? Printed ALL OVER  a hoodie. Just like, All. Over. It. Everywhere. Full color, allover print. Of your baby. On a hoodie. Is that something... you might be... maybe interested in?

 You (pretty much dying): omg omg i’m pretty much dying

Me (super excited): right?! I mean RIGHT though??

You (making serious eye contact): YES. NEED.

Me (looking back at you, nodding, whispering): Dude. I know. I know.

 “Melissa, we love our portrait hoodies so much! they are fantastic! I’m in love!” ---- Scorien + Analise
Yup, we can make this happen. (you'll see more awesome ways to enjoy your custom pet art a little bit further down!)

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oh hey! it's me, melissa!
and that's max. himb do a gib of kisses. 

someday soon i'll be adding my updated bio right here!

(if you are just DYING to know more the weirdo responsible for all of this, you can check out my existing bio here)

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i get so excited (every! time!) when someone digs my quirky style and i get another opportunity to spend hours happily drawing, 'getting to know' and love a new critter. 

experimentation and play have been at the heart of my art process since i started painting. (i was just a wee lass of 12! so smol!) i bring that same vibe when i sit down to work on my client's precious babycat or babydog

(or hedgehog or bird rat or snek)!

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It takes quite a bit of 'messing around' to get it just right and really convey an animal's personality! Luckily messing around is my favorite.

i draw on my decades of experience as a painter to use digital tools just like i do real paint, markers and colored pencils. 

ooooh, lookie! a process video!👇

It has music that is sweary and a bit sassy, so only play the audio if you are cool with that!
see what i mean? This is not just some filter somebody slapped onto a photo! This is real art, made by a real working artist (hi, 👋 it me), layer by layer and stroke by stroke.
 “The portrait looks stunning, more like a painting than any other digital artwork I've seen.” --- mel from cambridge, UK 

If my bold color sense and signature scratchy layers (or graphic text style or quilty backgrounds or rainbow goodness) are doing it for you then friggin YAY! I'm so happy to have found you.
and just in case you don't love bright colors as much as i do?
check meowt! 

turns out i actually can do neutral-type colors when someone wants me to!

 i would totally use BEIGE and DUSTY PLUM and SAGE and CREAM for you. 
(and yup, we talk about color preferences once you book!)
Custom Pet Portrait slots are limited and they do go fast. 
Make sure you get on the list so you can secure a spot the next time i release a batch!


I can’t wait to meet your pet (you too, of course!) and make some art that will make you smile every day! 

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*stage whispering* 



but if you need a special portrait ASAP that may actually be possible! 
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Hit me up and I’ll let you know if I have any OMG Rush Slots available.
 (additional charge) 
*email form or link or?* 

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ok friend, let's talk about specifics!

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pricing, sizes + substrates, styles:
single pet, multi pet
add ons: text, quilt, rainbow 
price includes vivid matte print on high quality paper
8x10    $300
upgrade to 16x20 for additional x$?
styles: scratchy grid, quilty, graphic with lettering
rearrange portraits so they arent all blue!!

single pet

multi pet

“Excuse me while we go cry and die. OMG. I'm making noises that only dogs can hear! The wife says she can’t. It's so fucking...just...loss of words.” - Scorien  from Flagstaff, AZ (catdad to voidboi Curly + dear departed 🌈 Waffle ❤️)


Ok. Here's how this goes down:

  • you receive an email from me (melissa @ yummygoods) saying i have however-many commissions available to book
  • you reply QUICK LIKE A BUNNY to claim a spot 
  • i email you back within 24 hours to let you know either way
  • if you did snag one, i include a link to pay a $100 deposit and i ask some questions about your sweet baby angel and your portrait preferences, ask for photos (and give you tips on what makes a good reference photo), etc
  • you reply to my email and pay the deposit within 24 hours so we can get this party started! 

more about the booking process in a sec, but first i gotta make sure:
you did get on the list, right?
because otherwise it's gonna be kinda hard for you to get my email.
Oh look, here comes a sign up form right now:

I don't know who needs to hear this, but... NO YOU DO NOT need to have 'the perfect photo' before you commission a portrait!

In fact, I prefer you to send a few photos so I can select one that i can do really well for you. Most people have a couple of great photos that i can work from, so don’t worry too much about it, ok?  I'll help. 

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ok, moving on with the process:

  • within a week i get to work on your baby's portrait and email a jpeg for you to review (that week starts once the deposit has been paid, the details have been decided and i have received useable reference photos)
  • you reply within 24 hours to (hopefully) tell me how much you love it! 
  • if changes are requested i get right back to you with the revision and you respond ASAP with approval (additional rounds of edits may incur a fee)

 "Melissa really listened to me and was so brilliant about keeping me in the loop as she progressed on the portrait. I trust Melissa's eye and I feel lucky to have her artwork in my home!" ---- mel from cambridge, UK 


  • you tell me which additional items you want (scroll down to see all of the cool options! coughcoughhoodiecough) 
  • i place the order for your paper print or canvas, additional copies and products to be shipped directly to you. (i work with an awesome printing company  right here in the US!)
  • your goodies should arrive in 2-3 weeks! each type of product will ship as they are produced, so don't panic if you receive the prints but not hoodies (or vice versa!)

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gridded scratchy style:

graphic style:

(additional charge for lettering because it takes a surprisingly long time to get the layout just right!)

“ i love the colours, the strokes and especially the bold fun worded sentiments in  Melissa’s artwork. I haven’t seen anyone else doing what she does.”  ---- mel from cambridge, UK
quilty style:

rainbow bridge/colored pencil style:

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 additional prints + canvas

You don’t need to arm-wrestle over who gets to choose where the portrait goes, just order additional prints (and stretched canvas)! Your custom pet art can hang in the kitchen AND in the office AND in each of the kids’ rooms.

• additional 8x10 prints

• additional 16x20 prints

• additional 8x10 canvas

• additional 16x20 canvas

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P. S. I bet family and friends who also adore your pet would love their own copy of your custom pet portrait! That’s an excellent gift idea for you, right there.

other cute stuff!

throw pillows, blankets, tote bags, mugs, notecards and omg the HOODIES

yes! this is the fun part! 

i mean, all of this is fun --- of course! but i think The Most Fun Thing might be the seeing the adorable pet portraits bring some magic to things you can USE! :

premium throw pillows 
vibrant full-color print, same image both sides, hidden zipper, 
includes insert, available in 18" or 22"

 $44 - $54

check out the detail on this sample:
“My Gussie portrait pillow is fantastic!!” --- melissa from seminole, FL
throw blanket

50x60 super soft fleece throw blanket, lightweight, full color vibrant print


“Y’all. We cannot get enough of it this cat art blanket! Great quality, vibrant printing and super soft!”  --- abby from watauga, TX
pair of mugs 

11 oz mugs, glossy ceramic with vibrant print, dishwasher safe


 “Seeing the light Melissa captured in my sweet kitty's eyes brings me such joy. His beautiful portrait gazes at me from the wall, a pillow that I can hug, and the mug i got so I can enjoy coffee time with him again. ” --- julia from sunnyvale, CA


set of 20 notecards 

4.25x5.5”, semi gloss vivid print, blank inside, my logo on the back, includes white envelopes


"eeee! that's my baby butterbean!" --- me, who had to get himb on the samples because OF COURSE I DID


tote bag

16"x20", vibrant full-color print on polyester, same image both sides, cotton webbing handles, interior pocket

butterbean was all up in this tote's business

look at how great the sample looks!:

oooh it has a pocket! yours would have the same print both sides but i just wanted you to see how nice it is.  

hoodie (omg!)
 unisex/men’s cut, vibrant full-color printing (of your baby!), kangaroo pocket (perfect for hiding kittens) 
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best gift ever

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custom pet artwork when you want to give an extra special gift
(this includes for yourself, too!) etc

"I have commissioned Melissa to do portraits for several friends who have lost pets. On all occasions, the recipients LOVED them and were really moved by the way the personalities of their animals were captured." --- maddy from providence RI 


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“Ready to go all-in on your Cat Lady / Cat Daddy status with a commissioned art piece of your precious floof?”

Get on the list so you are the first to know when portrait spots open up!

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I can't wait to work with you!




did you do it? did you sign up?

if you don't, we will probably lose each other in the vastness of the internet! what if i never get to meet your perfect babydog or majestic babycat and hear about all of the nicknames you have for them!? sadness, that's what happens.

if you're not ready right now but you think maybe, eventually you might want me to paint your precious pet? plz go sign up now so we can stay in touch kthnxloveu