Why’ commission a portrait?

My process of creating a pet portrait involves studying multiple photographs of your pet so I can get to know their true personality. While a photograph can capture a single moment in time, a one of a kind, hand-drawn portrait of your pet captures their heart and soul and the special quality that makes them unique.

Choosing the best photograph

It’s not always easy to choose the best photo!

When looking through your options, consider:

  • if the lighting is good and it is easy to see the pet, or are some areas in shadow.
  • does the photo show actual fur colour, or is it different due to light conditions.
  • a good photo will also show the fur direction in detail.
  • the eyes are often the focal point of the portrait, so a good photo will show the true eye colour.
  • how far away the pet is. If it is too far away it can be difficult to see enough detail.

More than one pet?

If you would like a ‘fur-family portrait’ it is not important to have a single photo with all the pets in it.

It is not difficult to create a ‘family’ look from several different photos as I will be able to draw them together.

This portrait was created from two individual photos.

How long will it take?

As the portraits are very detailed, they can take approximately 3 – 6 weeks depending on size, complexity and current workload. Special timing requirements can be discussed, however keep in mind that rushing a portrait is not going to produce a beautiful result.

In this situation, a Gift Voucher might be something to consider. See more below.

The Voucher can feature a photo of the pet along with the details of the portrait size, who it is from and the recipient’s name. The Gift Voucher is payable upfront, and the artwork can begin as soon as possible.

How to order your portrait

The first step is to either submit the order form below, or get in touch via the ‘Contact’ tab.

As the majority of commissions are a head and shoulders portrait, all you need to do is email 3 to 4 good clear images of  your pet.  The best images to work with are preferably close-ups that show as much detail as possible, as this provides the best result for the finished portrait (for more details on a good images, see relevant heading above).

Next, decide which size you would like (see ‘Pricing’) and which medium (charcoal pencil or pastel pencils).

You will also need to decide which paper colour you like (available colours can be found via the button below). This will be discussed again prior to work beginning, so don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage.

Note that charcoal pencil portraits are drawn on quality Canson or Canford paper in a grey shade that best suits the colouring of your pet. No paper colour needs to be selected for this medium.

Once all the details are finalised the work is scheduled and I will get back in touch prior to starting on the portrait to confirm everything.

Progress photos are emailed throughout so that you can see the portrait take shape and also to obtain your thoughts and feedback to ensure you will be totally satisfied with the end result.

Gift Certificates

A Gift Certificate can be a special gift allowing the recipient to experience the process of having a pet portrait created for them.

  • It also gives them the opportunity to choose the photo they would like for the portrait.
  • The recipient will receive progress updates.
  • There is also the option to upgrade the portrait or include another pet.

The Certificate will include the recipient’s name, who it is from and signed by the artist.

Gift certificates can be purchased last minute.