Custom Family Portraits on Etsy

In honor of family month, I thought it would be fun to look at all the different options that exist for custom portraits online. From watercolors and line drawings to oil paintings and pastels, there are dozens and dozens of artists on Etsy that offer beautiful custom portraits for anyone who feels like the traditional family photo isn’t quite their style. My favorite thing about these new, modern portraits is how openly they embrace all variations of families (including those with pets rather than children) and offer a great range of price points. I’ve chosen my 11 favorites above and below, but if you have a favorite that I missed, I’d love to hear from you in the comments! xo, grace

Image above: Custom portrait by Elisabeth McNair, $325 (also a D*S Scholarship winner!)

Custom portrait by Katie Turner, $300

9 more portrait options continue after the jump . . .

Custom portrait by Kinderling, $275

Custom portrait by Kadie Foppiano, $160

Custom portraits by PaperPlants, $68

Custom portrait by Sian Keegan, $250

Custom portrait by Tuesday Bassen, $250

Custom portrait by Mandy Cave, $125

Custom portrait stamps by FAWA, $35

Custom portrait by Fia Igelstrom, $150

Custom portrait by Lisa Nelson, $45

  1. Paola says:

    So cute! I had one made a year ago by Gabrielle Brittney and loved it. She’s currently on vacation, but here’s an old link to the listing so you can see her work!

  2. Stand Out says:

    Lovely and funny!

  3. Becky says:

    you are missing my favorite! i have a family portrait from Melissa and I adore it. totally talented.

  4. Lauren Penn says:

    Love these! I’m so excited to see my friend Mandy Cave featured today! What a treat. Ya’ll should also check out her pet portraits. Her full portfolio is at

  5. Jess says:

    I commissioned Nan Lawson for a print of my boyfriend and I for Valentine’s Day last year – she does beautiful work!

  6. Kelly Chilton says:

    I LOVE this post! Thank you!!!

  7. Amie says:

    I can’t remember if it was a birthday or Christmas present, but my boyfriend (now fiancé) commissioned a family portrait of him and I from Rosy Designs. Rosy was lovely and let him add a little kitty Audrey into the print. It was our first family portrait. Now that we have added to our family with another fur baby, we are looking for another kind of illustrated family portrait. These artists are a great place to start! Thanks!

    Here is the print he customized to us.

  8. jess says:

    awesome. i would love to have something like this done for my family one day

  9. rk says:

    Nice that there are large variations in price. I do wonder how many people can afford $300+ for custom portraits in this day and age with this economy and
    uncertainty and especially with the lack of house hold savings in America.

  10. Leanne Franson made portraits of my dogs for a glass-front cookbook cabinet in my kitchen. I couldn’t be more pleased.

    This is Leanne’s site:

  11. lei says:

    Love these! One I’d love to add to the list: Jordan Grace Owens.

  12. Mike Lecky says:

    I think Coreena Lewis does my favourite custom portaits:

  13. Marie says:

    I guess I’m the only one who’s not a huge fan of the theme this month. It feels like I’m on the wrong blog, too twee for me. Looking forward to April.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      I don’t see how celebrating family + pets are twee. That said, if they’re not your cup of tea, we still have plenty of regular D*S content (Sneak Peeks, History, Makeovers, Recipes, etc.) that don’t have to do with cats. We also have some more interviews and posts on family portraits coming up that are more traditional portraiture if it’s the style of these portraits that bothers you. Twee means excessively sentimental or sweet and to me, these are just a normal amount of sentimental, i.e: acknowledging your family in picture form.


  14. Betsey says:

    Love it! I just finished a portrait of my son and love seeing all the fun and unique styles out there. I think these are the perfect way to commemorate a family!

  15. These are wonderful. I spent last Saturday getting sketches at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle. Comic and Indie artists charge $50-200 per sketch, so the ability to get finished art (via Etsy) at these prices sounds like a great deal!

  16. Thank you so much for featuring one of my portraits! I love that so many of the portraits you chose include pets!

  17. Lori says:

    So cute, but I wish there were a few non-white faces in the bunch. :(

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      I was working with the photos on the artists’ Etsy pages but I agree and I’ll try harder to find some shops without our style that feature more families of color :)


  18. HNR says:

    I had a custom portrait made of me and my partner by They are not “realistic” but more inspired/whimsical. I would warn that I don’t think she does curly hair in a way that reads curly :) but otherwise we were very pleased with the outcome – it was super creative.

  19. Sarah says:

    This is such a sweet post idea, and I have an artist to add! My friend Genevieve Santos, she’s Filipino, so there’s one non white artist in the mix! She did a portrait of my husband and I based off of a photo of us from college that I will always treasure:

  20. Maya says:

    Love the idea and the portraits – certainly not twee! I may get one of me and my cats for the newly acquired house :-)

  21. I really love this post :)
    I think AshleyG does fun family portraits, I love her use of color

  22. fawa says:

    yay! thank you so much for featuring my little “fawa” etsy shop with custom hand carved rubber stamp portraits, its so much fun to make them, thank you! :-)

  23. carmen says:

    Thanks to Lori for her comment, wish there was a like button, and to Sarah for providing an option and to Grace for working on it.

  24. Christine says:

    So many to add to my favourites. I love these shops. Thanks for researching them.

  25. Doni Conner says:

    Yay for Elisabeth McNair! One of the very talented illustrators coming out of Atlanta. I had the honor of being an illustration instructor while she attended Portfolio Center. I am super proud of her!!

  26. Doni Conner says:

    Yay for Elisabeth McNair! Such great talent coming out of Atlanta. I had the honor of being an illustration instructor while she attended Portfolio Center. So proud of her!

  27. b says:

    also a fan of custom portraits :)

  28. Izzy says:

    These portraits are so sweet! Someone else to consider is the lovely Meg Zandi behind Radical Possibility she’s currently on holidays, but she has a few portraits posted on her blog – These , these , and the my favourite, this one

  29. Clo says:

    Wow! So many great artists!
    I’m a fan of Miss Marilou Studio on etsy.
    Cute ink portraits by my twin :) (I’m a proud sister, what can I say)

  30. gabrielle says:

    these are beautiful & thoughtful… i love sentimental… we all should be more that way… it just makes you feel good to be a part of a keepsake/heirloom/treasure …

  31. Absolutely FABULOUS theme. I enjoyed looking through each and every one of them. 19 years ago I had a folk art sculpture of my husband, my son and me made. I still love looking at it each and every day. That’s why art is worth it. Visual joy.

  32. Michelle says:

    Nicole of She Can Lift A Horse does awesome custom portraits & home portraits as well which make awesome gift. Especially for a new home owner or married couple!!



  33. Allison says:

    Love this post! Such a wonderful variety of illustration styles.

  34. Awesome creation! This is absolutely great! I love this idea so much. Thanks for posting!

  35. I love this creations they are so nice! I think I think Iwill get one of them for my sister wedding.

    She also makes cute and original portraits:

  36. Kat says:

    I love these custom portraits!!! I would suggest another artist I love. She makes portrait paper dolls and custom family portraits:

  37. L says:

    These are awesome!
    WaterColorCastle is one of my favorites, and they work with you to get the best results:

  38. carlos says:

    I have commissioned two oil portraits from Bella Posh. These girls are so talented!!!!!!


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