The first step is to click on the 'book a portrait' button and choose between a digital or pastel portrait. You can also upload the photo you would like me to draw from. Before uploading these photos I would recommend you consult my guide on the best photos to send to ensure I can create a true rendition of your pet. Click here to view the guide. Once I have received your booking request I will contact you to advise on timescales. I require a 50% deposit to secure the booking which will be invoiced to you in order to secure your booking. Once I have received your deposit I will get started on your portrait.
What sizes do you offer and how many pets are included?
1 pet on A4 size paper for both digital and pastel drawings.
How do you create the portraits?
I offer a choice of either digital or pastel portraits. For digital portraits I use software called Procreate and my trusty Apple pencil. Procreate is a wonderful program which offers a wide variety of digital brushes and the full spectrum of colours to choose from. And if I make a mistake I can easily erase by pressing the undo button which means I can complete your pet portrait much quicker than I can with hand drawing. Once you are completely happy with my creation, I then print out the artwork on good quality archival matte paper, using quality inks that will look sharp and vibrant. For pastel drawings, I use good quality Derwent pastel coloured pencils and also pastel sticks. I draw on top quality Claire Fontaine pastelmat paper and once finished to your exact specifications I then fix with sealant to prevent smudging and colour fade. Once I have completed the first draft, I will send you a copy for you to approve and make any amendments you would like. I will only invoice you for the payment balance once you are 100% happy with your portrait.
Why is a pastel portrait more expensive than a digital one?
Digital artwork is much easier to create. Mistakes are simple to reverse when using digital software by pressing the erase or undo button, which means a digital portrait is quicker to create than one by hand. Digital software such as Procreate also offers a wide array of brushes which can be adjusted to size with one click of a button as well as being able to select from the entire colour spectrum rather than having to mix colours together. Making something by hand is more time-consuming and requires more materials. In deciding between a digital or pastel portrait, you should ask yourself if you would be happy receiving your final artwork as a print or would prefer a portrait where you can see and feel the actual materials used.
Is postage included?
Yes it is for customers in the UK. Unfortunately I am unable to trade outside of the UK at the moment due to the complexities of Brexit.
Will the picture be framed?
At the moment I am not offering a framing option.
I see a lot of dogs on this page, what if I want a different animal painted?
As a dog mum, I tend to get a lot of people asking me to paint their dogs. However, I love all animals and am more than happy to paint your cat, gerbil, iguana, ferret, budgie ..... whatever you would like really!
Would I get my money back if I didn't like the finished artwork?
Due to the personalised, bespoke nature of this process, I do not offer refunds. I always work closely with my customers to ensure they are informed at every stage, sending them regular drafts for them to approve. Only once my clients are 100% happy with each stage will I move on to the next, so any problems are quickly dealt with.
Will my personal details be safe?
Your personal information and data will only be used for the purpose of corresponding between you and myself about your pet portrait. I will never share your information with any third parties and will not keep your information on file unless you authorise me to add your details to my mailing list. My site has an SSL encryption certificate for complete security and all payments made to me will be through Paypal for your added protection
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