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Pet Portraits Frequently Asked Questions

 

If this is the first time you are considering commissioning a pet portrait artist and you are looking to get a bit of an overview of how everything works, this page might be a great place to start. We have added some of the most asked questions below and if you have any other questions that you would like to ask either Nick or myself, we would be more than happy to help.We can be contacted at any time in a variety of ways, take a look at our contact page for more information.

I would like to commission a painting or drawing, what's my first step?

Do you work from photos or real life?

What size images shall I email and how many should I send?

What quality of photos do you need?

What are the differences between oils and pencil?

Are your portraits digital?

Can I have a background?

I would like two subjects in one painting. Can you work from two separate photos and combine to one?

How long will it take to complete a painting or drawing?

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

How much will my portrait cost?

When do I pay?

How much is Postage & Packing?

How is my painting or drawing sent?

Can you frame my painting or drawing?

Can I order a Gift Voucher?

Can I use my painting or drawing for my business, or print it for friends and family?

Will you be displaying our painting or drawing on your web site?


I would like to commission a portrait, what's my first step?
We would recommend reading our Commission Information page and once you have done this, email us your photos so that we can start the ball rolling.

Do you work from photos or real life?<
We always work from photos and return any hard copies with the finished artwork. Sending your photographs via email is the safest and fastest option. If you are sending digital images, please send them at the highest resolution you have them.

What size images shall I email and how many should I send?
We like to see the image at the size it came from your digital camera. Often when photos are emailed, they are resized by the software. If this is the case, send only a few at a time, and try to override the 'reduce photo size setting'. This should insure we receive the original size photo from the camera. The more photographs you can send the better. We work from one main photograph for all subjects, however we do like to have others to refer to. It would be great if you could indicate which photograph best represents your pet, and which you would like us to work from. Also let us know which depicts his/her true colouring.

What quality of photograph do you need?
The better the quality of photograph, then the better the finished painting or drawing will be. Photographs should be clear, in focus with the subject occupying the majority of the frame. Photographs showing subjects in the distance aren't usually good enough to work from.

What are the differences between Oils and Pencils
We create portraits in pencil and oils. Our oil paintings are full colour paintings, painted using a brush on canvas and don't need to be framed under glass. Pencil drawings are hand drawn, black and white (greyscale) drawings on specialist paper using professional artists graphite pencils and do need to be framed under glass.

Are your portraits digital?
No. All of our portraits are hand painted using time honoured traditional methods. All of our portraits are hand painted and drawn by Nicholas and myself - hence the long waiting list! Have a look at our studio diary to see our portraits develop.

Can I have a background?
Yes, backgrounds can be completed in both pencil and oils. Why not have a look at our gallery pages to give you an idea of what you could have.

I would like more than one subject portrayed, can you work from separate photos?
Yes, even if you would like five or six pets in the same portrait its always best to photograph them individually.Have a read of our pet portrait photography section which should give you an idea of how to take good clear photos of your pet.

How long will it take to complete a painting or drawing?
Our work is in demand, Nicholas is usually working to around about a 8 month schedule for the oils and I'm working to around about 2 months for the pencil drawings. If you have a special date you require the portrait for, please let us know as soon as possible to see if this will fit within our schedule. We do offer gift vouchers for our clients so they have something to open on their special day. Visit our gift voucher page for more info >>

Can I see my portrait before you send it to me?
Yes, on completion of your portrait we will email a photograph or scan to you for your approval. All portraits can also be viewed at various stages as they progresses on our Studio Diary.

How much will my portrait cost?<
There are many options and you can view a detailed price guide of the pencils, oils framing and shipping here - Prices and Sizes >>

When do I pay?
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 when we have created your mockup for you. 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 >>


How Much is Postage and Packing?
This depends on the size and destination of your portrait. Please view our Prices and Sizes >>

How is my painting or drawing sent?
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.

Can you frame my painting or drawing?

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 >>


Can I order a Gift Voucher?

If you are running out time for a special occasion you are purchasing a gift for, or you are unable to acquire photos without ruining the surprise, then our gift vouchers could be the perfect option for you. We provide our pet portraits gift vouchers in two ways - either to print or view digitally sent via email or a beautiful boxed gift voucher sent via the regular mail. Visit our gift voucher page for more info >>



Can I use my painting or drawing commercially, or print it for my family?
Clients hold the copyright on their photo that we work from, however we retain the copyright and reproduction rights on the artwork created from the clients photo. We never produce merchandise or prints from our portraits, however we have a relationship with a printing company who can produce Giclee prints of your portrait to purchase at any time. If clients would like to use artwork for business use, please let us know when ordering. For further information please visit our prints of your portrait.

Will you be displaying our painting or drawing on your web site?
Yes, the majority of our work will be displayed on our website. If clients are unhappy about their painting or drawing being displayed on the website, they must let us know upon ordering.

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