Welcome to my pencil portraits commission information page! If you would like to ask me any questions you are more than welcome to Email at any time, or take a look at my Pencil Portraits FAQ's page just in case your question is answered there!
The first step is to send photos of your pets. Photos are Key! If you are taking photos specifically for a portrait, I always advise taking as many as you can so that you have plenty to choose from. It really will be worth all of the effort as this stage is the most important. If you need help taking photos I have a photography tips page which you might find useful. Treats always come in handy!
If your pet has sadly passed, try to gather all of the photos you have of them so that we have plenty of choice when it comes to deciding which photo would be the most suitable. Not forgetting that although i usually work form one main photo for the pose, others can come in very handy. For instance, I can often add a different head onto a different neck or body, add in tails, ears, paws etc.
It's ideal also at this stage to think about the size of portrait too and let me know your ideas.
Once you have gathered all of your photos send them all to me. I can be contacted via email, WhatsApp or Messenger. Please be aware that photos sent via WhatsApp or Messenger are automatically reduced in size so I may ask for a few to be sent via email once we have everything arranged. As mentioned above the quality of photos are absolutely key.
I will then create you a mock-up of how your portrait might look. Using your photos I can erase the background and turn it into black and white to show you how for instance a head study using that photo might look. This helps us both to visualise what the end result might be like. This is really helpful if you have two or more pets within the scene and or background etc.
When the design of the portrait has been agreed, the next stage is for you to place a deposit and for me to add you to my commissions list. My commissions list is a private page only for my clients to view and you can watch your portrait rise in the list over the coming weeks.
I accept most forms of payment including debit, credit card and Amex. All overseas clients will receive an invoice with an integral payment button, completely safe and secure.
My preferred method of payment for my UK clients is bank transfer however I also accept debit and credit card too. Clients can also call me in the studio to place their order over the phone.
Framing is purely optional and if you have a local framer near to you, that’s perfect! If you are commissioning the drawing for a specific date it is always best to book a space with your framer as they often work to a timetable, especially the good ones!
If you would like our framer Amanda to frame your portrait for you, I would be delighted to arrange it. Many clients like to have everything completed so that when the drawing arrives it is ready to display on the wall.
Amanda has so much choice, so many wonderful mouldings to choose from. I have a fairly comprehensive framing gallery where you can see some of the frames with portraits completed over the last few years. if you are looking for something specific or you would like us to try to match another frame you already have, take a photo and we will see what we can do! You might also like to read my framing drawings information page too
Once the final payment has been made, usually in the same way as you placed the deposit, I will then start your drawing. I work full time as an artist and draw every day and have done for the last 24 years! My drawings take between 1 to 3 weeks to create depending on the scale and complexity. Obviously the larger the drawing and the more pets within the scene the longer it will take.
Once the pencil drawing is complete I email you a range of photos for your approval. I like to take photos from different angles so that you can really get a feel for what the drawing is like. If there is anything your would like tweaked or changed, things can be slightly altered at this point. From the feedback I receive from clients they always say the drawings are better in the flesh than the photos - which is wonderful news!
The pencil portrait can then be framed, if you are ordering a frame from me
As soon as everything is complete I pack the portraits. It can take a number of hours, particularly if the drawing is framed and on the larger side. My portraits travel far and wide, so they need to be packed extremely well for their journey.
I always start by protecting the portrait by wrapping it in cellophane and I then use a combination of foam wrap, hardboard, more foam wrap and finally a specialist double walled cardboard boxes for artists.
I am all for recycling and reusing so if your portrait arrives with a variety of bubble wrap or packaging, its because I have reused it from parcels that have arrive here. Everything can be either be reused or recycled when it gets to you.
I then book the portrait in with the courier, when it is heading to the UK or overseas, they are send on an expedited tracked service. Tracking is always available to see where your parcel is at all times!
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my commission information page for my pencil portraits. If you have any questions, you might like to take a look at my FAQ's. Over the 24 years I have been in business, since leaving art college, I have always tried to offer a friendly and professional service and have a high standard of customer service. I really enjoy communicating with my clients. If you would like to Get in Touch, you are absolutely more than welcome at any time. I am looking forward to hearing from you and working with you soon.
Gianni’s drawing looks amazing!!!
I wanted to let you know that the portrait arrived yesterday and it’s absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much for being so very talented and for making the drawings so “real life”. You have created Gianni’s gorgeous little face perfectly.
I certainly was emotional when I opened it… I could just cry picturing his beautiful little face that I miss so much.
Thank you again for the fabulous work you do…
Read my FAQ page as there may be questions that you have which are answered there! Pencil Portraits FAQ >>