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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 'Live Commission' guide and once you have done this, why not 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 option and quickest. If you are sending digital images, please send them in a jpeg format 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? Are your portraits painted in Asia?
No. All of our portraits are hand painted using time honoured traditional methods. All of our portraits are hand painted and drawn by Nick 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 all mediums. 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, Nick is usually working to around about a 6 month schedule for the oils and im working to around about 1 to 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 all of the mediums and sizes on the prices page. If you would like to discuss your needs please email us for a quote.

When do I pay?
We offer a full secure online and telephone ordering system for your pet portraits. We accept all major credit and debit cards and we also accept paypal too. To telephone your order through, please call us on 07855582109. If you are outside the UK please use 447855582109. If you would like to save a space in our client list, you are more than welcome to place a deposit and arrange your portrait after.

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How Much is Postage and Packing?
Postage depends on the size and destination of your portrait. Full prices can be viewed on our prices page.

How is my painting or drawing sent?
Artwork is be securely packaged with bubblewrap and gallery standard packaging. Portraits are delivered using Parcel Force UK 24 hour delivery or Parcelforce Worldwide Priority delivery, both are fully tracked to your door and require a signature upon delivery. .

Can you frame my painting or drawing?

Framing is optional, however we can highly recommend our wonderful framer Jane who frames our portraits for us. Jane's framing workshop is in our next village so its very handy for us to pop and see her at any time. She has an excellent range of mouldings and will always try to meet our clients requests.

Pencil portraits can be framed for any client that is able to collect their pencil portrait from our studio. Due to pencil portraits being framed under glass they are very fragile and even though our portraits are packed to the highest standard we cannot guarantee breakages through the mail. If you are able to collect, and are interested in a framed portrait, please mention this when you enquire.

Can I order a Gift Voucher?
Yes, we have professionally printed cards with our artwork on to give as gift vouchers, or we create gift voucher webpages which include photos of your pets/animals/subject, messages from friends and family, message from either myself or Nick. For more information please take a look at our gift voucher section and don't hesitate to email us at any time for further information.

Can I use my painting or drawing commercially, or print it for my family?
We retain the reproduction rights on all of our original art work. You hold the copyright on your photo that we work from, however we retain the copyright on the artwork created from that image. If you are looking to commission a piece of artwork for business use, please contact us to discuss your options. We also have access to a printing company who can produce high quality prints of your portrait at any time. Please visit our prints of your portrait page for further information.

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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