Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering commissioning me for a portrait, you are bound to have questions about how the process works! I've set out below the most common things I'm asked, but please contact me to have a chat and discuss any queries you have.
How do I commission you to draw my pet?
I realise that this is probably something you haven't done before! The process is really straightforward, and I will be on hand to guide you through it step by step. I work from photographs, so the first step is to contact me, give me an idea of what you want (and if there's a specific date you have in mind that you want it by), and provide me with some images. I will come back to you with any queries I have. I will start your portrait normally within 3-5 weeks of receiving the commission and deposit. I will let you know when I start on it, and share work in progress with you as the portrait develops. I want you to be happy with the final product, and I find that the best way to do that is to have a regular dialogue throughout!
Can you help me choose the best image of my pet?
Absolutely! I am happy for you to send me a range of photos, from which I can suggest those which will make the best portrait. Depending on your location, I can also take some photos of your pet - please drop me a line to enquire about this service.
What animals do you draw?
My most popular commission requests are, as you'd expect, for dogs and cats. However, I am very happy to draw any animal - either a pet you may have, or something more exotic!
If I want a particular style for the portrait, is that something you can accommodate?
The short answer is generally, yes. I have drawn cats in costume; black and white portraits; coloured portraits; created portraits from multiple images; and created memorial pieces for animals who have sadly passed away.
The style of portrait you want is something we can discuss in our initial conversations, and until we've agreed on the specification of the portrait you won't pay a penny.
Can you also draw people?
Yes. While wildlife and animal art is the main focus of my work, if you'd like me to draw a person then please drop me a line and we can discuss.
How much will a portrait cost?
My pricing is as follows:
- A3 portrait of one subject £300
- A3 portrait of two subjects £400
- A4 portrait of one subject £200
- A4 portrait of two subjects £275
- A5 portrait of one subject £100
A4 is my most popular size for pet portrait commissions.
If you want anything more unusual, such as a drawing of a full animal rather than just a head portrait, the inclusion of lots of very specific background, or your pet in costume then please contact me for a quote.
I take a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your commission in my diary. The balance is then due on completion and must be paid before the portrait is posted to you.
Can I see the portrait as it develops?
Absolutely! In fact, I make it a rule to share work in progress images with my clients. I also share images on my social media (unless you ask me not to, i.e. if the portrait is a surprise gift).
What are your shipping costs?
I ship both within the UK, and internationally. I can also deliver your portrait to you, depending on location, or you can collect it from me.
UK shipping costs for unframed portraits are £5 to send 1st class recorded delivery.
If you wish me to arrange framing for your portrait, that will incur additional charges for both the framing and the postage.
International shipping costs vary depending on destination. Please contact me for details.