Hi there!

I'm basically drawing crappy portraits of people's pets in return for donations and have so far raised over $1000 in a few weeks for my local Homelessness Charity.

It's all happened so organically without much thought or effort. A little over two weeks ago, I was making some "thank you" cards with my six-year-old. Whilst he was making his card, I just doodled a couple of pictures of our dog—they were really rubbish, I’m not an artist and have never really drawn in my life.

More info: Facebook | justgiving.com

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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2 months ago

Omg, how adorable. A gamecube and ps2.

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As a joke, I uploaded the two pictures to my Facebook page with a jokey comment about Pet Portraits being for sale for just £299. No VAT. A friend commented asking me to draw her dog, then another, then another, and by the end of the day, I had probably drawn about five portraits and we'd all had a giggle in the process.

Then, after a couple of shares, I started getting requests from people I didn't know asking for portraits. That’s when I set up the Facebook page Pet Portraits By Hercule and the JustGiving page which is raising money for my local homelessness charity, Turning Tides. I was having fun drawing the pictures, people seemed to enjoy laughing at them, and if we could make a bit of money for a brilliant cause in the process—great!

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

why the long face?

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

boots

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My initial dream was to try to raise £299 (around $388), which was the price I had initially quoted as the price for my portraits. Less than two weeks later, and we have raised just shy of £1000 (around $1299), the page has nearly 700 likes, and I've been invited to display at a gallery! I currently have 70 or so requests for portraits, but the more the merrier!

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CHARLOTTE THAXTON
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2 months ago

this one made me laugh out loud

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Paizleypie
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2 months ago

I'm dying!😂

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All the portraits are free! All I’m asking for is a donation to the charity and that can be whatever people can afford to give—I’ve had donations from £2-£50!

The only thing I ask is that unless people are happy to donate without expecting a portrait, they hold off until I have done their pic. Otherwise I’ll end up in a situation where people may donate without actually getting a picture (I’m trying to get them all done, but that’s looking less and less likely the more requests I get!)

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Boop
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2 months ago

<3

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Hooman
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2 months ago

This is actually really good!

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Roxie
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2 months ago

The teeth look like NYC skyline 😂

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

the tongue

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𝕂𝕚𝕥-𝕂𝕒𝕥
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2 months ago

*invisible cat is staring*

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🥨Doof🥨
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2 months ago (edited)

cylinder doggo is geometric but seriously is that dog ok?

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EmiCraft Chile
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2 months ago

"play with us....."

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JOCELYN VITELLO
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2 months ago

That's actually reeeeally good

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EmiCraft Chile
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2 months ago

"what is wrong with your eyes bro?"

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

boop de nose

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

the fur

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

that cat is plotting something

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Dana Grunwald
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2 months ago

Happy face!

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

striped face

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

a dog log

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

tongue

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Colin L
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2 months ago

L dog.

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Dana Grunwald
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2 months ago

Bat doggo!

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pusheen buttercup
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2 months ago

Awwww!!!

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

derp faces everywhere :D

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

streeeeeeeeeeetch

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

*majestic eye-roll*

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

the paw stretches for a cookie

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

that face

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

them eyes had me

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