Pet Portraits by Melanie & Nicholas

Pet Portraits From Photos

pet portraits

Pet Portraits Commission Information

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
Have a think about the size you would like your portrait, (Sizes and Prices) or let us know your budget and get in contact. Send us any photos you have at the highest resolution, letting us know a little about your requirements. Clients can either r email photos direct or use our online form on our contact page >>
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Step 3 - Mockups
We then use the reference material 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.
step 3 mockups
Step 4 - Place a Deposit
A deposit of approximately half of the total cost of the portrait can be made on our website safely and securely using either your credit or debit card, or via paypal. 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
We work on a first come, first served basis and always have a client list. Oil paintings are usually on an 8 / 9 month waiting list and the pencil drawing are around 2 month waiting list. We can provide gift vouchers for short deadlines. Our client list can always be viewed on the left hand side of our Studio Diary >>
step 5 studio diary
Step 6 - Preparing your Canvas and Materials
The next stage, if you are commissioning an oil painting, is for us to order and prepare your canvas. Our Italian linen canvases are made bespoke here in the UK, neatly finished for hanging with or without frames. Nick primes the canvases himself and then uses a variety of traditional oil paints and linseed oils which worked well with the linen canvas. Nick also uses hand made brushes by a UK based family run company for the last 20 years called Rosemary&Co.
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Step 7 - Portraits in Progress
Every client can see their painting develop on our Studio Diary and clients comment at each stage. 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. We also post Nicks work on facebook for our followers, so if your portrait is for a surprise, please let us know if you would prefer us not to post it on there.
step 6 portraits in progress

Step 8 - The final scan and Detail
To ensure that every client is 100% happy with their portrait, I email a watermarked final scan of the portrait along with a high resolution detail for the clients approval. I 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.

step 7 final scan and detail
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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