FAQ – Commissions

Hopefully my artworks have worked their magic and you are interested in having a portrait commission of your own!

Have a read on and all should become clear. Alternatively, if you have a specific question, you can message me here or send me an email at [email protected] and I will respond to you as soon as I can!

How do I get a commission?

All you need to do is send me an email with a clear photograph or two attached, and let me know the medium you would like (e.g. graphite, colour pencil) along with any specifics (e.g. background, paper colour, no collar etc). One photo should ideally be the main reference photo from which I can take the pose, but the more details the merrier! I will then give you a quote with how long I think it will take, and a rough price. You don’t have to be in the UK to order a commission either, I ship worldwide!

Once we have had a bit of dialogue and thrashed out the details, I will need to request a deposit of about 25% of the final price, before I get to work on your commission.

When I’ve reached the end stage with your artwork, I will send you a scan of the image to approve; only once the scan has been approved and I know you are happy with the final piece will I request the rest of the payment, and ship the portrait to you at it’s new home! If you are too curious, I can also keep you updated with progress scans so you can see your pet coming together piece by piece!

What subjects do you accept?

My comfort area extends from household pets and horses to roughly most mammals and birds. As a rule, I don’t take human subjects I’m afraid, but I will accept most animals – love your ferret/budgie/iguana? I’ll draw it for you! Most people request portraits of dogs, and I’d hate to get bored.

I’m extending my personal art portfolio at the moment, so hopefully you will see some new faces popping up on this website that will give you a better idea of my taste in subjects.

I’m happy to discuss including objects and backgrounds if requested. Ultimately, I want to create a piece of art that you can connect with and will love forever, so I’m happy to work to your requirements!

What Mediums do you use?

I work in a whole range of mediums. My best seller, as it were, has been graphite, in which I produce highly detailed black and white portraits, like this. However, I also work with coloured pencil like this, and, for the adventurous, I dabble in mixed media such as watercolour pencil and a combination of pastel and coloured pencil like this.

My sculpture commissions are built with Polymer clay; this can be either Super Sculpey, which is baked and then painted with acrylic paint, or Fimo which is coloured clay. I use some rubber shaping tools, and depending on the size each sculpture may contain a foil and wire armature to bulk it out for baking.

I am also offering digital art; using a Wacom graphics tablet and Photoshop CS5 to create digital paintings. Tricky to explain for the uninitiated, this is NOT photo manipulation, but the process is much like painting, using pen strokes on a tablet with different brush sizes and colours and blending options. Ultimately, I can produce vibrant original pieces of art, with greater speed and flexibility than traditional art, and I have greater scope to develop and experiment  to produce an eye-popping portrait without fear of ruining anything (the undo button is a godsend). Some examples of my digital paintings are here.

If you would like to order a digital portrait, I will gladly assist you with the myriad of printing options available, and if you wish, I can process that side of it for you and ship it to you as the finished product, cost price! You will also be provided with the full-resolution digital file in any format you like.

How long will it take?

I will aim to have your portrait complete within 2 weeks. Obviously, this depends on the type of portrait requested; I would say that coloured portraits take longer than graphite, and digital paintings vary vastly in size, but are often far quicker.

If I am lucky enough to have a bit of a queue forming for my artwork (I only work on one portrait at once) then I will let you know at the point of ordering if I think there will be a delay. Please let me know when you request the commission if there is a specific date that the portrait is required by, and I can work to that.

This is all very well, but how much do they cost?

As a rule, I’m not a great fan of naming a price for my commissioned artwork! I’m often asked to consider things like how long an artwork takes me, and the price of materials, but the time and effort involved in each piece will differ greatly with the, size, form, subject matter and, not least, my state of mind on the day!

Therefore, all prices are negotiable for each commission, and will include UK shipping.  If you would like to enquire about the price of a commission, then please contact me though my contact page and I’ll be more than happy to help!

As a rule of thumb – the smaller the portrait, the lower the price; graphite is cheaper than coloured pencil / pastel (materials are more expensive, and the portrait will take longer to complete); digital painting is quicker and cheaper than traditional art; and extra subjects, objects and backgrounds will cost just a little bit extra

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept Paypal, bank transfer, cash or cheque. As soon as the final payment is in my account, I will ship you your artwork.

How will my portrait get to me?

I have decided that prices for traditional art include UK shipping (I personally loathe ‘hidden costs’). I ship my portraits with Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery and will inform you of the tracking number as soon as they are sent. You may also have the choice of shipping the portrait in a tube, or flat (for standard size portraits only). Traditional portraits can be ‘fixed’ before shipping so the image does not smudge in transit.

International shipping for traditional art will cost a bit extra, depending on where you are. I have shipped my art as far as New Zealand so it’s not a problem!

If you have requested a digital portrait to be printed onto canvas, I will ship the item for you at cost price.

Then, once you receive your artwork, the only question left to answer is where to put it? – that one is up to you!