How It All Began
It all started when Heckles drew a less-than-professional portrait of his black Labrador, Nala. He was hoping his son would use it as a thank-you card (which didn’t happen). Later, he uploaded his humoristic portrait to Facebook and jokingly priced it at £299 (nearly 400 dollars) in case anyone was looking to buy it. While nobody actually purchased the picture, he was astounded by the number of people who asked for similar portraits of their own furry (or feathery, sometimes even scaley) pets. The man became an empire within six weeks.
The First Clients
Heckles wasn’t expecting the incredible turnout. He started with commissions made by his family and friends. They had a total of seven requests by the end of day one, including dogs, cats, and even a parrot. Those commissions inspired “Pet Portraits by Hercule” a page dedicated to his goofy pet portraits, which took off at lightning speed.
Paying It Forward
Heckles’ pet-portrait enterprise was never meant to make him a fortune. In fact, he doesn’t even get paid for his art. Anyone interested in one of his portraits would simply need to make a donation to a local charity called “Turning Tides”, which helps the homeless. A steady stream of new portrait requests has raised Turning Tidesmore than $23,000 and the whole project is showing no signs of slowing down.