Commissioning a portrait, step by step

The process for commissioning a pet portrait is really easy and I'm happy to provide help and guidance with anything you're unsure about.  

All portraits are painted using photographs for reference, so it's important to find (or take) some good photos.  A high resolution close-up photo of the pet in a good pose and in natural lighting, is the key to a stunning portrait. See my advice on reference photos.

You'll also need to think about your budget and the medium you'd like for your portrait. The most popular medium is pastels, but I also offer coloured pencil and if you're looking for something that's a bit kinder to your wallet, a simple ink and watercolour portrait might be just the ticket. Find out more about each medium.  

Ideally, you should plan in a timescale of four weeks from booking to completion, especially between September and Christmas. I'll confirm expected timings before starting work.

So, in a nutshell, this is how the process works:

Step 1 - mugshots

Seek out suitable reference photos. I need at least one high resolution photograph to work from and it's always useful to have more for reference. The clearer and crisper the photographs, the better the pet portrait will be. Find out more about choosing a good reference photo.

Step 2 - choices

Choose the medium you'd like for your pet portrait. You'll find examples in my gallery. You'll also need to decide how big or small you want it to be. It may help if you take a look at the list of standard sizes and prices. If the size you want isn't listed, ask me for a quote.

Step 3 - make contact

Contact me with a brief description of what you're looking for and when you need it by. You can message me here.

I aim to respond within 48 hours. We'll then discuss finer details and any specific requirements, by phone or email.

Step 4 - secure that slot

Once everything is discussed and agreed (including a proposed completion date) you'll be asked to pay a £40 deposit to secure your booking. I'll send you an invoice which you can pay by credit or debit card. See the Ts and Cs for more info about payments.

Step 5 - sit back & relax

After your deposit is received, work will start. You'll receive regular updates on progress and when your portrait is nearing completion, I'll send you a scanned copy or photo for approval. Once you've confirmed that you're happy, I'll invoice you for the final payment.

Step 6 - Almost there

Once the remaining payment is received, your pet portrait will be carefully packaged, along with a signed certificate of authenticity. Your parcel will then be dispatched by Royal Mail. You can choose whether or not you want to sign for delivery (usually a small extra cost).

Keep an eye out for delivery

Finally, the exciting bit

Keep an eye out for delivery. If you're happy to supply Royal Mail with your email address and/or phone number, you can track progress.

When your package arrives, prepare to be delighted :)

Ready to get the ball rolling or have a question?