I create highly detailed coloured portraits using Faber-Castell polychromos pencils and Caran Dache Luminance pencils. Both these pencils are archival and lightfast, so the colour will not fade and last a lifetime! All artwork is presented on high quality paper and can come either mounted or unmounted. I’m afraid for portraits that include more than one animal (up to three subjects), the smallest size available is A4 (8.3” x 11.7” inches) as anything smaller would prevent me from giving it the detail your portrait deserves.
All the sizes listed are in inches. Add 15% for each additional animal.
No deposit required. I will accept payment after I have sent you the portrait. Delivery to UK addresses is free. Please enquire separately about destinations outside of the UK and I will give you an estimated price.
Pricing guide: A5 (5.8" x 8.3") = £130 (suitable for one pet)
9" x 12" = £170 (suitable for up to two pets)
Square (13.7" x 13.7") = £200 (suitable for multiple pets and whole body)
A3 (11.7" x 16.5") = £280 (best for multiple pets, whole body, or just a larger head/neck portrait)
If you have a certain size you want that isn’t listed, perhaps to fit an existing frame, then please contact me here!
Choosing a photograph:
This is a very important step as I hand draw your pet portrait from the photos you provide me. Therefore, it is very helpful if you send me good quality clear photos. This will help me to capture your pet in even more detail.
Guidelines for photos:
Images that are the most suitable are taken in natural light when there aren’t too many strong shadows or highlights. This is ideal as it helps me to see all of your pet’s features clearly. It is also best if you turn the flash off on your camera.
It also helps if the photo can be taken at their eye level (it doesn’t matter what direction your pet is looking in). Even though shots taken from above or below can look very lovely in a photograph, it doesn’t always translate well when turned into a drawing.
This step is not vital but it does help: I don’t usually draw collars on animals as it can detract from their face in the portrait, so it would be useful if you can remove the collars beforehand. The same goes for horses and bridals. I know, however, that not all pets make it easy when removing collars so it’s no worry if you can’t.
It’s very helpful to me if you send me multiple photos of your pet as it will give me a better idea of your animal’s eye and fur colour. Let me know though if there is a specific image you want me to draw out of the photos you send, otherwise I will choose.
If you are commissioning me for a pet that has unfortunately passed away, then I understand that the photos will be limited. If this is the case, I will happily work from what you’ve got.
It can be very hard to get animals to pose in the same photograph together without some sort of chaos ensuing! This is no problem. If you want more than one animal in your portrait send me separate photos of them (provided they are good quality) I can incorporate them together in the image.
If you would like to commission me for a bespoke portrait of an animal or wildlife which isn't a specific pet (a tiger for example) then contact me so we can discuss the details.