If you are thinking about commissioning a pet portrait, you can find all the information you need on the process below.
If you are interested in commissioning a wildlife painting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss things further about what you have in mind. My wildlife commission prices are the same as my pet portraits. The process is mostly very similar to the outlined process below, but you do not need to provide references.
Looking for a portrait of an unusual pet? Look no further! I am an animal artist by trade and draw all kinds of animals, from fur to feathers to 8-legged friends. If you or your giftee have an unusual pet, rest assured that the portrait will be created to the highest standard. To get a better idea of the kind of work I produce and if my work is the right fit for you, feel free to browse my portfolio or drop me a message.
Please be aware that commissions are intended for private use only and are not for commercial use.
How to Order
Step 1- SIZE AND MEDIUM
Your first step for ordering a pet portrait is deciding on a size and medium, and what kind of portrait you would like. I currently offer artwork created with either coloured pencil (full colour portraits) or graphite (greyscale portraits).
You can find a range a range of standard sizes to choose from over on my prices page. If you have a specific size in mind that is not listed there, then please get in touch and I will give you a quote.
Have a think about what kind of portrait you would like at this stage – would you like a bust portrait, showing just the head and shoulders of your pet or would you prefer a full-body artwork? Would you like a white, bokeh (soft and blurry), or detailed background?
Step 3 – GET IN TOUCH
Please contact me via my contact form with the requirements for your portrait. Let me know if you need the artwork completed by a certain date if it is a gift.
I usually have a waiting list for commissions so it is best to book your slot early to avoid missing out, especially during busy periods such as Christmas. I will try to have a shuffle round to fit you in if possible. If I am fully booked, I do also offer printable gift vouchers, which are a fantastic option if you want a personal touch to your gift that your receiver can redeem at their leasure. Please let me know if you would like to pursue this option.
If you are inquiring about a portrait of a deceased pet and you don’t have many photos, then I am happy to take a look at any photos you do have. If they are useable I will do my best to create a loving memory of your lost one. Email me at email@example.com to discuss.
Step 4 – PAY TO BOOK YOUR SLOT
Once we’ve discussed the kind of portrait you have in mind it is time to book your order. You can pay fully or pay via installments to secure your slot on the waiting list. If you choose to pay via installments, then your first payment will secure your place in the queue. I will not start working on the artwork until the full cost of the portrait has been paid.
The following is included in my commission service:
- Guidance and advice on how to select the perfect reference photo for your portrait
- A portrait background of your choice – white, bokeh effect, or the background from your reference photo if you wish to keep it in the artwork
- A variety of mock-ups for you to choose from for how the final artwork might look
- The artwork will be created using the highest quality, archival materials to ensure it will last without fading or yellowing for many decades.
- A certificate of authenticity
- A care guide with advice on framing and hanging your new artwork
- An acid-free picture mount made from conservation board
You will also be asked to sign a commission agreement, outlining the details of the artwork that we agreed to during our correspondance. For more information about what the commission agreement entails, you can find that information on my Commission Terms and Conditions page.
Step 5 – CREATION PROCESS
When ordering pet portraits, I will request multiple photos per subject from you to use as reference. For more information on how to take the best photos please see my guide on taking good photographs of your pet. We will work together to select a reference and composition for the bespoke artwork that you like best. Photos can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good reference photos are essential for a good artistic representation of your pet – so please ensure that all photos are in focus, are taken in daylight, and are taken from eye level. If you are inquiring about a portrait of a deceased pet and you don’t have many photos, then I am happy to take a look at any photos you do have. If they are useable I will do my best to create a loving memory of your lost one.
Depending on your requirements or the complexity of the portrait, I may provide you with with some mock-up images of how the final artwork might look at this stage. After agreeing on the composition of your artwork and when it reaches your turn in the queue, I will let you know that I am beginning work on your portrait. The time it takes to complete a commission is heavily dependent on how large the commission is, the medium and what period of the year it is.
Normally it takes me 3-6 weeks to complete a commission, however during peak times (especially Christmas) it may take me a little longer. Please be sure to let me know if there is a specific deadline for your commission (e.g. for a birthday, Christmas or anniversary) to ensure it will be completed before that date.
I will keep you updated with regular photos of my progress as I work on the piece, so you can watch it come to life! Let me know if your portrait is a gift for someone – as I like to share these progress images to my social media accounts. If you want it to be a surprise gift I will hold off on posting to social media until after your giftee has received their portrait.
Please let me know if you would like additional print copies of the artwork if you have someone you’d like to give a copy to, or keep for yourself. Prices vary depending on size, and start at £20 per print, with a 10% discount for additional prints (Please note this is for personal use only – not for commercial use).
Step 6 – POSTAGE
Once the commission is complete I will request your delivery address. Your artwork will be shipped to your provided address via Royal Mail insured and tracked delivery. All commissions come already mounted inside a white mount, with a signed certificate of authenticity and will be wrapped in decorative tissue paper.
All artwork is sent flat. I use two slices of greyboard, cut down to be a bit bigger than the piece, taped together on 3 sides to create a pouch which the artwork slides into. I then send it inside a box padded out with air pockets so it’s propped up in the dead centre of the box. Even if the box gets squished by rough handling during transit, the artwork will still be protected. I’ve never had any artwork arrive damaged this way.
There is a flat rate of £10 for within the UK and £20 for international postage. This fee covers the cost of the packaging to ensure that your artwork is very well-protected when making its way to you, as well as the cost of postage.
In the unlikely event of your artwork arriving damaged, please get in touch with me immediately with photos of the damage to the artwork and packaging. Depending on the extent of the damage, the artwork must be sent back to me and I will draw a new portrait for you at no additional cost. Your replacement portrait will be added to my wait list – if it was a gift with a deadline I will provide you with a free printable gift voucher so that you still have something to give your giftee on their special day in the meantime while I work on completing your replacement artwork.
CANCELLATIONS AND RETURNS:
You have a 7-day money back guarantee on your order from the date of your first payment if you wish to cancel. If this 7 day period has already passed, the paid amount will be retained as loss of business, to cover the artist’s time, administration, correspondance, mock-ups and payment fees.
If work has already commenced on the portrait and you wish to cancel, all payments will be retained to cover the cost of materials, administration and time.
Every commission is handled with extreme care. The ultimate goal is to create an artwork that you are happy with and can enjoy for years to come. Please let me know if you have any issues with your order and I will do my best to resolve them.