Pets with panache
Graphic designer creates humorous pet portraits.
Angela Webb’s dogs, Roxy and the late Rufus, inspired her to create quirky pet portraits for herself and customers. She is pictured at corporate client Hair FX with dogs Roxy and Rufusaurus.
Angela Webb wants to create art that makes people smile.
“There’s so much darkness in the world,” she says. “I just want to bring in some light.”
She combined a lifelong love of art and animals when she created the Snooty Pups.
In 2015, Webb wanted a picture of her new dog, Roxy, to hang in her home. But she didn’t want a traditional pet portrait. She wanted something funny and quirky instead. So, she started with a print of a Renaissance oil painting and used Photoshop to make it look like Roxy was the subject. Every time she stepped into that room, it made her smile, Webb says.
Webb thought others would enjoy custom portraits, so she began marketing them. She has created approximately 125 honoring different pets.
Clients send a picture of their pet and choose their backdrop from the Snooty Pups website. Some of the backgrounds are old portraits and photographs that Webb has tweaked, adding a dog bone in a pocket, for instance. Others are backdrops she created herself. Clients tend to choose based on their pet’s personality and their home’s decor. Portraits of kings and queens are the most popular, Webb says.
“I want to create something cute and hilarious ... so people can remember their pet with a smile,” Webb says.
Webb was born in Tulsa, but her family bounced around. She lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the countryside near Stillwater before settling back in Tulsa in 1992.
Webb’s future career was settled in the sixth grade, when she discovered her passion for creating in art class. She went on to pursue a degree in 3-D animation at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, which led to a web design degree in 2001.
She met her husband, Rick, days after graduation and began working as a graphic designer. In 2004, Webb became an exhibit designer for the Tulsa Zoo, creating sturdy, safe designs for the animals and the public. She designed the Oklahoma Trail, which shows off Oklahoma’s ecodiversity, the Maasai African Village and many more projects.
“I touched about every part of the zoo, from the front entrance to the elephant house to the employee signs,” Webb says.
Now she owns her own graphic design company and creates the Snooty Pups. A typical day involves eating breakfast — with her two dogs claiming at least half of the food — while checking email to see what her clients from all over the world have said overnight. Then she dives into whatever project needs her immediate attention.
Although her list of corporate clients includes Paragon Industries, Hair FX and many more, the Snooty Pups project remains near and dear to her heart.
“We never had children, so for me, my dogs are my kids,” Webb says. “I know how much people love their animals.”