Commissioning a Portrait
My commission book is currently open and I'm accepting orders for
March 2020 onwards.
I've been offering a pet-portrait commission service since 2004 and have had hundreds of
happy customers over the years with many repeat bookings. My aim is to provide you with
a portrait of your horse or pet that you'll treasure and bring years of happy memories. A
gallery of previous commissions can be found here.
Portraits are created from your photos with the highest quality professional grade materials
in a combination of coloured pencil and pastel. My brands of choice are Faber Castell
Polychromos, Caran d'ache Luminance & Pablos, Derwent Lightfast, Stabilo Carbothello
Pastel pencils, Faber Castell Pitt Pastels and Panpastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat.
Commissioning a portrait is really very simple and I'm always happy to answer any
How to Order
Very simply, get in touch with me to discuss your requirements, supply the photos and pay the deposit. Everything will be set out in writing and I'll keep you updated every step of the way.
Sizes and Prices
Price includes your unique portrait (unframed) and UK Next Day delivery. Happy to ship worldwide and will advise of any extra shipping costs depending on your location. Listed prices are for single animals with either a plain or simple tonal background. I can work from 8"x10" up to a maximum of 20"x24" (due to paper size) and can quote for bespoke sizes/multiple animals. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place in my diary with balance being due on completion. I am also happy to accept payment by instalments. Please ask if you'd like to spread your payment over four or six months.
10"x8" image size (20cm x25cm) - £295
12"x10" image size (25cm x 30cm) - £395
12"x16" image size (30cm x 40cm) - £595
14"x18" image size (35cm x 45cm) - £745
16"x20" image size (40cm x 50cm) - £895
When choosing your size, please take into account that the listed sizes are the image size and will increase by 2-3" when mounted, plus the width of the frame which can vary greatly. For example, an 8"x10" will frame up to around 12"x16". Due to postal restrictions and risk of damage when posting glass I am unable to offer framing at this time.
In order to create a realistic, vibrant portrait that's full of life and character, your photos need to be clear, in focus and showing your pet's 'best side'. It's especially important that I can see their eyes clearly, as the colours and expression are what makes each individual unique. If you're not sure if yours are suitable, just ask and I'll be happy to advise. If you supply photographs that you didn't take yourself, please ensure that you have written permission from the photographer for me to use them to comply with UK Copyright Law. A photography service is available for those living near to BH31.
I'll confirm when I expect to complete your portrait when you book and once started, will keep you up to date with regular work in progress photos via social media or email if you need to keep it a secret. If you have a specific date such as a birthday or for Christmas I'll do my best to accommodate your request. Gift vouchers are available too.