When we had our house built, we chose a house design with lots of windows. We wanted to take advantage of the wonderful views we had living out in the woods.
The problem is that I'm an artist, which means I occasionally actually do ART and said art needs a place to be displayed, which doesn't work well in a house with so many windows. It's just like the familiar maxim, "Those who live in glass houses have no room for art" is how I think it goes.
On the other hand, we do have some high ceilings in the main room, but any art up that high needs to be quite large to make any impact.
Fortunately I had just the piece.
Back in 2013, I did a speed painting of Boris. I set out with the goal of working fast with a simple color palette (I chose blues) and not getting bogged down in details. The result was Noble Boris. The digital painting was somewhat small, only 8 x 11 or so, and I was so pleased with the image I wanted to find a way to make it bigger, so I decided on an experiment.
I traced the artwork in Adobe Illustrator (converting it into vector art, which can be enlarged to any size), cropped it to a square and had it output on stretched canvas at 54" x 54".
It's a great image which everyone notices immediately upon entering our main room.
Vectoring the artwork in Illustrator is one way to maximize an image for large output. It doesn't work with every painting, but if I know in advance what you want, I can usually work to make your pet portrait an amazing centerpiece to any space.