The Process

Commissioning a portrait is simple, all you need is a clear high resolution photo (or photos!) to send me to work from. You can get in touch to let me know the size and style you would like and send me your reference/s. I can then confirm the next available space and send you an invoice detailing how to pay and prices start from £90.

You can secure your space with as little as 30% of the comission cost. If you have any queries or just want to find out a bit more this guide should help. I am always happy to answer any and all questions you may have so if you want to know something that isnt covered or just want to have a chat about the process get in touch!

1. Decide on  

2. Find or take your 

3.                    to book your commission and pay your deposit

4. Be kept up to date as your portrait progresses

5. Await your mounted portrait complete with Certificate of Authenticity 

6. Leave a 

Sizes

There are a range of sizes available to suit your needs and budget. If you aren't sure what size to go for, consider where you would like to display your piece as this may dictate the size you choose. 

8 by 10 inches - a perfect intimate portrait for a single pet

10 by 12 inches- the most popular choice for a single pet this size fits up to two pets

11 by 14 inches - for more of a statement piece or if you would like up to three pets

12 by 16 inches - the largest size I offer as standard this works well for up to three subjects or as a large statement piece for one pet

Sizes stated include mount, if you would like a size that isn't listed or require more than three pets please get in touch for a custom quote.

I work in colour pencil or pastel and will choose the medium that I feel will work best for your piece. If you have a particular preference please let me know when you place your order.

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Colour Pencil

Pastel - ref Ian Unwin

If you're not sure what to go for you can always get in touch to talk it over!

 

Reference Photos 

 

Photos should be clear, in focus and of a good resolution -  the better quality the reference photo, the more details I will be able to see and to include in your portrait - most modern camera phones are up to the job - It really helps with the likeness of the subject. It also helps to ensure everything you want included in the portrait is visible in the photo - no missing ears!   

If you have more than one subject and can't get them all looking tip top in one photo or are struggling to get that one perfect shot you can send multiple photos to me as I can combine details from the different photos to create the best portrait. If you are at all unsure if a particular photo will work please do send them over and we can discuss it in more detail. 

Click below for a more detailed guide on getting that perfect reference photo for the perfect portrait. 

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Next Steps

 

So now you know what size you want, you've decided on a style and you have chosen your reference photos, what's next?! 

If you haven't yet contacted me to discuss your options, now's the time to do it. Send an enquiry form with all the details and any specific requirements you have  including the names of the portrait subjects. I will then be able to confirm my next available commission date and or book a date to suit you.  

Assuming everything has been agreed I will send you an invoice and confirmation of your booking. You can choose to pay in full at the time of booking or pay a 30% holding deposit to secure your space. You are then welcome to pay in installments and the final balance is payable on or before completion of the portrait. Payment can be made via PayPal or bank transfer. (you do not need to have or create a PayPal account to use this option)

When I am ready to start your portrait I will create an initial line art and send this to you for approval. This is the perfect opportunity to check the placement and general size of your portrait and ensure you are happy before I start adding all of that lovely detail! 

Unless your portrait is a surprise gift, I will share regular updates on my social media as I work through the piece and you can follow along or avoid my pages if you would like it to be a surprise for you! If it is a gift and you would still like to be kept updated, I can send updates directly to you. 

However you have decided to be kept up to date, when I finish the portrait I will send you a photo for approval before I package it up and send it off to you. At this point it is likely to be difficult to make any significant changes to the portrait but small changes may be possible. 

Packed and Posted

 Once your portrait is complete and you have confirmed you are happy with the piece I will spray it with a UV protectant, mount it with archival tape and package it up ready to send to you along with your Certificate of Authenticity - see the process below. Portraits are sent via Royal Mail First Class Tracked Service. Artwork comes finished with a ribbon and wrapped in tissue as standard but if you would like the piece to be sent direct to it's recipient you can also choose to add a gift card  and presentation box for £8.00. 

 

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and finally....

 

Feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Not only does it help me to stay on the right track or find ways to improve my service but it  also helps prospective clients know what to expect when they work with me. 

My facebook page does have a facility to review directly or you can send your testimonial feedback directly to me (and confirm you are happy for me to share it!). I always love to receive videos or photos  of people opening their portraits or even the portrait framed and in situ in your home! I do all of this to create a portrait that will be loved and it is genuinely heartwarming to know how it has been received 

Any shares or tags on social media are also very appreciated. 

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"Sophie is an amazing artist producing truly wonderful art. As you can see from the picture Sophie captured Harper totally in every little detail. We are over the moon with it and think its beautiful."