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Pencil Portraits Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time commissioning a Pencil Pet Portrait, my FAQ page might be useful for you.

What are your pencil portrait prices?
What is your waiting time?
Do you accept commissions from outside the UK?
Do you work from photographs
How many photos should I send?
How do I pay a deposit?
When do I pay the final amount?
Can I pay monthly?
Do your pencil portraits come framed?
Do you provide a design of the portrait before starting?
Can you create a group portrait from individual photos?
Is it possible to have a bespoke size?
Can I see my portrait before you send it to me?
How much is shipping and how are portraits sent?
Can I commission a portrait as a gift without photos?
Can I collect my pencil portrait?
Will my portrait be displayed on your website?
Who are you?

 

What are your pencil portrait prices?

Prices >>
I have lots of prices and sizes available and I can also create bespoke sizes too. Have a look on my dedicated Pencil Portrait Prices page >>

 

What is your waiting time?

I do have a waiting list
I have a continual waiting list for my pencil portraits all year round. If you are hoping to commission a pencil drawing as a gift for friends and family, contact me as soon as you can so that we can discuss your deadline and options.

 

Do you accept commissions from outside the UK?

Yes.
I have been commissioned to create pencil portraits from many places all around the world over the last 20 years. I find it fascinating to chat to clients from all walks of life.

 

Do you work from photographs?

Yes.
I use one main photo for the pose for my pencil portraits. I am unable to look at a range of photos and create your pet in a pose. So it's important to find or take a photo that really captures your pet well. Photos are key and it is imperative to provide me with the best possible quality photo you can. My pencil portraits are fairly realistic so i need to see plenty of detail and I am unable to work from low resolution photos or any that are blurred or out of focus. Why not have a look at my photography tips page to see the kind of photos I prefer to work with. Photography for Pencil Portraits >>

 

How many photos should I send?

As many good ones that you have!
Most of the time I am unable to meet the pets I draw. Having lots of lovely photos to see of them can be really helpful for me to get a rounded picture of what they are or were like. I also love to hear any funny stories about them. If you can it's always lovely to have something to share on my blog and pencil portraits website to go along with the portrait.

 

How do I pay a deposit?

I email a secure personal payment button.
My payment system is safe and secure using Worldpay as my payment provider. This means I can email you a personal and secure link to a dedicated page just for you to pay the deposit. I accept most debit and credit cards including American Express and can send my bank details if you would prefer to pay via bank transfer.

 

When do I pay the final amount?

Before artwork begins.
The final payment is made just prior to me starting your pencil portrait in the same way as you paid the deposit.

 

Can I pay monthly?

Yes.
I can set this up for you, for any amount on any set date each month. You can also send instalments via bank transfer. Once you have paid for the pencil portrait in full, I will then start the drawing once you have risen to the top of my commissions list.

 

Do portraits come framed?

Framing is an optional service.
I work with a number of framers so that I can provide lots of beautiful frames for your portraits. I can also provide engraved plaques too. Have a look at my framing gallery to view some previously framed pencil portraits - Pencil Portraits Framing Gallery >>

 

Do you provide a design of the portrait before starting?

Yes.
I work with my clients closely in the early stages to design their pencil portrait using their photos and Photoshop. I create a mock up so that we all know what the drawing will look like before I put pencil to paper.

 

Can you create a group portrait from individual photos?

Yes.
In fact, I prefer to work from individual photos of each pet. If you are able to take photos of each pet separately, on the same eye level on the same day, this will mean I can place them within a scene together. It also means that you can get fairly close to the pet so that there is plenty of detail within the photo for me to see and draw from. Good quality photos are key.

 

Is it possible to have a bespoke size?

Yes.
I can cut my paper to any size, and can create my pencil portraits to any size. Just let me know - small or large - the size you are looking for and I will be able to send you a quote.

 

Can I see my portrait before you send it to me?

Yes.
All clients will receive a range of photos of their portrait for approval before shipping. Tweaks and minor changes can be made to the drawing at this stage too.

 

How much is shipping and how are portraits sent?

View my Prices >>
All of my pencil portraits are flat packed safely using foam wrap, hardboard and a double walled cardboard box for the outer packaging, in line with worldwide packaging rules from courier services. I send my pencil portraits either UPS or Parcelforce on expedited services.

 

Can I commission a portrait as a gift without photos?

Yes.
You might like to visit my 'Gift a Portrait' page which will give you all of the information you need about sending a portrait to someone as a gift so they can make all of the arrangements themselves. Gift a Portrait >>

 

Can I collect my portrait?

Yes.
You are more than welcome to come and collect your pencil portrait, or even visit us at the start with your dogs to be photographed or bring your photos to us. I am always delighted to meet my clients. Why not email for an appointment >>

 

Will my portrait be displayed on your website?

Yes.
Once my clients have received their portraits I often add my pencil portraits to my website and blog, however if you would prefer not to have your drawing displayed, please let me know.

 

Who are you?

Melanie Phillips >>
If you would like to find out more about me, where I live, my studio, hobbies, pets and old welsh cottage, why not head over to my about me section of of my pencil pet portraits website. You can find out more about me here - Melanie Phillips >>

 

testimonials.....
Hi Melanie,

Just wanted to let you know that Iwan loved the portrait!!! He was so shocked and couldn't believe that I was able to keep it all a secret!! I'm definitely in his good books at the moment!!

Everyone that has seen it, can't believe how well you've captured them!! It looks even better than I thought!!
Thank you so much!!

Esyllt and Iwan

 

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