Pet Portraits by Melanie & Nicholas

Pet Portraits From Photos

pet portraits

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Step 1 - Choose your photos
Photos are key in the process. We need good quality, clear photos to work from, preferably taken with a digital camera. We work from one main photo of your pet for the main pose and can use others for details and backgrounds. For multiple subjects pets don't have to be in the same photo. Clients might like to have a look at our Photo Requirements Page >>
step 1 choose your photos
Step 2 - Contact Us
Drop us a line via email or telephone and let us know your requirements, perhaps if you have an idea of the size of portrait you might like, your approximate budget for the project or where you are thinking of hanging the portrait. It all helps to tailor make our reply and quote for you. Email us any photos you have at the highest resolution, with some info about your pet and their character and we can get the ball rolling.
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Step 3 - Mockups
We use the reference material you have emailed to mock up a few ideas for consideration (using Photoshop). This often helps clients to see what their portrait will look like before ordering. We can then fine tune these ideas via email until a finished agreed reference is ready for us to work from. This allows us to make sure everything is correct before putting pencil to paper or brush to canvas.
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Step 4 - Place a Deposit
A deposit - £300 for oil paintings and £150 for pencil drawings can be made on our prices page. We accept all major credit and debit cards and paypal online, bank transfers and we can set up installments for any amount. Alternatively you can telephone us and we can take your order over the phone. Our contact details can be found on our Contact Page >>
step 4 payment
Step 5 - Studio Diary and our Client Lists
Our client list can always be viewed on our dedicated Client List page. Each time a cleint ordered a portrait, their refernce photo is added to our list. Each portrait can then be seen in progress in our Studio Diary along with the reference photo, where we post in progress photos of our portraits and news of hapenings in the studio. If you have a really short deadline, we can provide gift vouchers via email to print or we can send a gift boxed voucher in the mail.
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Step 6 - Preparing your Canvas and Materials
The next stage, if you are commissioning an oil painting, is for us to order your canvas. Our Professional Artists Canvases are made by Harris Moore in the UK and are the very best bespoke made canvases available. Using high quality extra wide stretcher bars, they are made from Hardwood (Tulipwood) and are stretched with Medium Italian Linen, neatly finished for hanging with or without frames. Nicholas uses a variety of traditional oil paints and linseed oils and uses hand made brushes.
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Step 7 - Final Payment and Portraits in Progress
We will then invoice prior to starting your portrait for the final payment in full. Once payment has been made we will start your portrait. Every client who has ordered an oil painting can see their portrait develop on our Studio Diary. This allows clients to feel part of the process and they can also let us know if any changes need to be made during the painting process.
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Step 8 - The final scan and Detail
To ensure that every client is 100% happy with their portrait, we email a watermarked final scan of the portrait along with a high resolution detail for the clients approval. We scan each drawing and painting and also upload the final version on our Studio Diary. Any final amendments or alterations that clients need us to make can be done at this stage.

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Step 9 - Optional Bespoke Framing
We are able to provide a full bespoke framing service and we highly recommend our wonderful framer Jane who frames all of our portraits for usPlease note pencil drawings are framed under glass and we are only able to offer this service for clients that are able to collect from our studio. To see previous portraits framed visit our Framing Section >>
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Step 10 - Eco Friendly Packaging and Shipping
Once the portrait is ready to send, we flat pack very safely and securely. For the UK portraits we use Special Delivery and Parcel Force. We then use International Signed for for worldwide smaller portraits or Parcel Force Priority for worldwide delivery. We also try to use environmentally friendly products and packaging, everything we send our portraits in, should be able to be reused or recycled.

step 8 packing the portrait
Prints of your Portrait
If you would like a print of your portrait for family, friends or your office, we can arrange this for you also. We work with a professional printing company who prints all of our giclee prints for us. Have a look at some of our previous portraits that have been printed both on paper, canvas and stretched canvasses which can also be framed by Jane our framer if required. Prints of your portrait >>
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