pet portraits commission information, view prices and sizes for your portrait
Here you can view our prices and sizes for our oil and pencil pet portraits for all subjects. You can place your deposit below and view our waiting lists. Please note that horse portrait head studies start from 16 x 12 size. We increase our prices, usually twice per year, the last update was April 2016. If you require any help, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time for a fast response.
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We have waiting lists for our oil paintings and pencil drawings. You can view the portraits in our lists on our Waiting List Page
A popular service that we provide our clients with is our Email Gift Voucher packs. Both Nicholas and myself are working to fairly long waiting lists and can't always accomodate tight deadlines such as thank you gifts, Christmas, Birthdays, Wedding and Anniversaries etc. So our voucher packs, which are bespoke to each client, are always very well received. If you are placing a deposit in the payment section at the bottom of this page, use the tick box to let us know it will be for a gift.
Once we have received your order we can be in contact and you can let us know a few details about the recipient, their pet and the kind of portrait you would like to give. Alternatively you can call us here in the studio and we can take your details and order over the phone. Gift vouchers can account for part of the portrait value with the recipient contributing to the remainder, or the voucher can cover the total price of the portrait.
Once the vouchers have been created we email them direct to your inbox so that you can show the recipient on any mobile device, tablet, laptop of computer. You can also print the voucher pack on your home printer to present to them. Our vouchers are sent in jpeg format and the personalised letter is emailed as a pdf for your approval. Any changes you would like made you can let us know at any time. Contact us any time if you would like to ask us any questions about our email gift voucher packs.
One of the most important aspects of our work are your photos. We cant stress enough how important photos are. The majority of the time we are unable to meet the pets we paint and draw, so your photos are our only insight into what they are like. Photos are absolutely key and the better quality the photos, in reality, the better the portrait will be. In an ideal world we would prefer to work with only digital camera photos, however we understand how easy it is to snap away with a mobile or tablet. If you are going to use a mobile, or you are embarking on taking new photos, please do read our Photography Guide as clients often find it useful. Please email as many photos as you have, at the highest resolution you have them. Perhaps let us know which are the best photos to work from for colour (if you are having an oil painting) and which captures their personality or character the best. We can then start to design the portrait and can create a mock-up using your photos in the computer so that you know what the final composition will be like.
Many clients opt for our framing service. We work with two companies for framing who provide us with traditional wooden frames and swept frames. Our swept and moulded frames are bespoke frames in gold, silver and painted colours along with gilded gold and silver leaf. We also work in conjunction with an engraver who engraves plaques in gold, silver and bronze to fit the correct size for the kind of frame you are commissioning. We have plenty of options for frames and plaques and clients can see a handful of our previous commissions in our framing section here >>
Our studio is based in the UK and we are called Red Kite Studios. We live in the heart of the Welsh countryside and our purpose built studio is surrounded by trees at the bottom of our garden. It is the most idyllic place to work and we hear and see plenty of wildlife on a daily basis including rabbits, squirrels, bats and owls, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Jays. We also have the usual garden birds on our bird feeders which we have hanging outside of our studio windows in the trees. The field below us houses lambs in springtime and cows during the summer months so we are never at a loss for inspiration for sketching. Why not have a look at our studio page to see where we work and view some of our materials that go into hand creating your portraits!
We take great care in packing our portraits. We spend so many hours painting and drawing them, that it is imperative for us to pack them well. Even more so if they are framed. Year after year we have researched different packing materials and now have the packing process down to a fine art using a number of different components to make sure your portrait arrives in perfect condition. The photo below shows a portrait part way through the packing process.
Many of our clients like to make a deposit to secure a place in our waiting list and arrange details, photos and designs after. We have fairly long waiting lists so saving your space can be essential, particularly if you have a specific date in mind to receive the portrait by.
In general we ask for a £200 deposit for a pencil drawing or £500 deposit for an oil painting, however we understand that our clients like to be flexible and they may prefer to place a larger deposit or pay for their portrait in full. All you need to do is add the amount (in UK Sterling) into the box below and checkout. If you would like to confirm the total price of your portrait with us before hand, please drop us a line from our contact page. Please read our terms and conditions page before ordering.
Our payment system is completely secure using Worldpay as our payment provider. We accept all major debit and credit cards including American Express. You can also call our studio on +44 (0)1559 384628 to place your order over the telephone. As soon as we have received your payment we will be in contact to discuss your requirements.