Journey to receiving your beautiful hand drawn pet portrait
The General Overview
The first step to owning a beautiful hand-drawn portrait of your pet is to get in touch for a chat. We can discuss your requirements, size of portrait and the photograph you would like me to use as a reference (for tips on taking a good photograph see the "Provide a good quality digital image" section below).
If you are happy to proceed, I will book you a time slot and take a 50% deposit. When your commission is underway, I will keep you updated with my progress.
Once completed and you are happy with the finished picture I will take the balance of the payment, then post it out for you. Click here to see delivery.
To make a beautiful unique drawing of your pet I use archival quality materials that won't degrade or fade over time. I use the best quality light-fast coloured pencils on Fabriano Artistico or Bristol velum paper professionally mounted to fit standard sized frames.
Provide a Good Quality Digital Image
It is really important to have a good quality, high resolution photo to work from as the better the quality, the more detailed and realistic the portrait will be. If you provide a few good quality digital images we will discuss which one to use for the commission.
For tips on photography please see below.
I ask for a 50% deposit of the total price when booking, and the rest to be paid before posting.
Payment can be through Paypal, direct bank transfer, cheque or cash. Please only use cash when paying face to face as I cannot be responsible for any loss of cash in the post.
All pictures will be professionally mounted so they can be easily framed in standard sized picture frames:
Unmounted size Mounted size
20cm x 30cm 30cm x 40cm
30cm x 40cm 40cm x 50cm
40cm x 60cm. 50cm x 70cm
The better the photo, the better the portrait! It's good to send a few so we can discuss what looks good and what you would like.
Some good photography tips are:
Try to take the photo in natural light:
The best conditions are outside on a bright but overcast day. Too much sunshine can wash out the colours of your pet or make shadowed areas appear too dark. If taking the picture inside, try and get as much natural light as possible, preferably facing a window.
Get down to your pets level.
It is best to get down to your pets level so you are not looking down at them which can distort their shape.
Fill the frame:
Make sure you take the picture as close as possible so it fills the frame. How it looks on a photo will be how it looks as a piece of art. Some good examples are shown below.
Photo reference: All Pixabay.
Why not treat your loved ones to a gift voucher entitling them to a beautiful, bespoke portrait of their dog, cat or other pet. This will allow them to select their favourite photos of their pet for me to work from. You can choose which size you would like, and pay the corresponding amount from the price list above. I will then fill in the voucher and deliver it to you or the recipient in a hand made gift box.