I have written a guide of how to commission a pencil portrait from your photos and added information of the kind of photos I need to work from and how the process works. 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 over there!
The first step is to have a look around my Pencil Portraits Website to get a general idea of how everything works. It's ideal for you to have a think about the kind of portrait you would like - head study, full body, background etc. You might like to think about where you would like to display the portrait in your home, as this could govern the size of the portrait you choose to commission. Also you might like me to arrange the framing using my professional framers or perhaps you would like to research a good framing company near to you. I am more than happy to give advice and guidance and you can Email Me at any time.
The second step is to find or take some photos of your pet and email them to me. Photos are Key! If you have access to a digital camera they do take the best photos. If you are taking photos with a mobile phone, you need to adhere to a few rules to be able to produce a good quality photo for me to work from. If you have a relatively new phone, the cameras are pretty good. Ideally take your photos outside as the lenses handle the lighting much better, giving crisper results. Try to avoid zooming in or pinching the screen to zoom. This reduces the quality of the photo and it is unlikely that I will be able to use the photo. If you are taking a photo of your dog, crouch down and fill the screen. Try not, for instance, to take a photo of a beach with your dog in the distance. Walk forward and take a photo of your dog filling the screen. This will give you a much better photo with more detail. Sometimes it can take a few photoshoots and I always advise taking as many photos 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.
Once you have emailed me your photos and we have discussed the design of your portrait - its size etc we can then arrange the deposit and get you into my commissions list. I accept most forms of payment and use Worldpay as my payment provider so I am able to email you a personalised secure payment link just for you. It will take you to your own payment page online for you to make the payment safely and securely. I work on a first come first served basis and you can watch your portrait rise in my commissions list over the weeks. I will then let you know as soon as I am about to start work on your drawing and email you the final payment button. All payment must be made in full prior to starting any artwork.
Once the final payment has been made I will then start your drawing. Often I will add photos during the drawing on my 'Art Studio Blog' for you to view. Once the pencil drawing is complete I email you a final scan for your approval. If there is anything your would like tweaked or changed, things can be slightly altered at this point. The pencil portrait can then be framed, if you are ordering a frame from me, or packed and booked in for the courier. They will collect it form my studio on an expedited service using UPS or Parcelforce and will be sent to your choice of address.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my pencil portraits commissioning information page. You might like to take a look at my FAQ's next. I have always tried to offer a friendly and professional pencil pet portraits 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 absolutly 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…
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