Frequently Asked Questions

Is that watercolour? Acrylic? What?

It’s digital. I paint on an iPad Pro, using an Apple pencil and a painting program called Procreate. No paint, no canvas, no mess – but no ‘original’ artwork, either. The digital files are turned into giclée prints. That’s just a hard-to-pronounce way of saying high quality pigment prints on archival paper. They’re also known as fine art prints, or archival pigment prints. I have them printed by a professional on Canson etching edition rag, which has a nice warmth and texture.

Will they stand the test of time?

Yes indeed. These pooches have never seen the inside of a garden variety printer. Or even a really good office printer. This is next level printing, with super high resolution and archival quality ink and paper. The artworks will last much longer than your average fur child (guaranteed at least 75 years and probably more like a century) and they won’t ever pee on the carpet or chew your shoes.

Do you have a picture of a (insert dog breed of choice)?

You tell me. Breeds are in the eye of the beholder, in my experience. One man’s pug is another man’s Frenchie is another woman’s Great Dane. Hangdog is more about character than breed. Few well-mannered pooches with perfect smiles turn up here. I don’t really get those dogs. Show me a mutt who needs therapy or just woke up or can’t believe its luck or desperately wants a burger or is really very sorry indeed; that dog I get. The dog that just tripped over its ears and is acting for all the world like nobody saw? That one, too. Check out the eyes; the dog you seek is in there.

Do you work from photographs?

Mostly not. That’s why Hangdog dogs have wonky limbs and disproportionate features and sometimes only three legs.

Will you paint my dog?

This has got to be the most frequent of the frequently asked questions. Sadly I can no longer do commissions, owing to time constraints. Keep an eye on the Facebook and Instagram feeds for dogs that might just speak to you. I’m willing to trawl my substantial back catalogue for possible matches if you send pics. Contact meg@hangdogart.com.au with requests.

Will you paint my cat?

No. Nope.

I bought a print from your online shop. When can I expect it?

Good on you, thanks so much for your support. I’ll be having it printed to order off site, which can take up to five days. Then there’s the whole post thing, which can take a few days, too, depending on your geographical distance from Fremantle. Give it at least a fortnight before you start to fret, but it’s likely to arrive sooner. Do let me know at the time of ordering if you’re in a hurry for it.

Where can I buy your t-shirts?

Tees are printed to order, and this happens in a different place from the Hangdog online shop. Here it is.

Can you design tees and other merch for my business? You know, nice stuff that people might actually want to wear or use?

I love a good collaboration. Do get in touch with your requirements and we can sort you out with something cool.