If this is the first time you have commissioned an artist to paint or draw a pet portrait for you, our page of pet portraits commission information might be just the right place for you to peruse. We have created a number of helpful and informational pages about pet portraits and the process of commissioning which you can read about and access below. You m ight also like to visit our Pet Portrait prices page for find out how much a pet portrait might cost - Pet Portrait Prices »
We have been commissioned by clients for 20 years and so are very experienced in not only understanding our customers needs and requirements, but we also pride ourselves in the friendly and professional service we provide.
We have many returning customers which we are very proud of. We have portrayed generations of dogs, cats and horses for our customers over the years. We have been with them at their most difficult times in their lives, supporting them and bringing back the wonderful memories they shared with their best friend with our pet portraits.
We hope that you enjoy reading the information below and visiting all of the different pages on our website and if you need any help, you are always more than welcome to contact us - email or call us in our studio Monday to Friday 9 - 5pm and we will be happy to guide you all the way through the commissioning process.
Would you like to follow a live commission from the initial concept right through to packing the portrait? If so, why not pop over to our commissioning process page. Here you can follow a horse pet portrait commission of Gypsy, a beautiful horse owned by Val Davies and her family. It was going to be a gift for her granddaughters 18ths birthday. Find out more...Commissioning Process »
Are you purchasign your portrait as a gift for someone? Gift voucher packs are a popular service we provide. As you may have already seen from our website, both Nicholas and myself have a booking lists and can't always accommodate tight deadlines such as thank you gifts, Christmas, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries etc. So our voucher packs, bespoke to each client, are always very well received. For more information about our gift voucher service, visit our dedicated page - Gift Vouchers »
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 Photography Tips »
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 - Bespoke Framing »
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 - Studio and Materials »