It’s easy to commission your own drawing! Just follow the steps below to ensure a smooth ordering process.
1. Choose your Photograph(s)
To select the best photograph for your drawing please refer to the photo guide. Unless you want a specific photograph drawn of your pet, it’s best to send me 3-5 photographs.
If you would like multiple pets portrayed, please provide a selection of 3-5 photographs of each pet.
2. Select your Medium
I offer two mediums: graphite (black and white only) and pastel (full colour). These mediums are very different from one another but you can see examples of them both in my gallery and on my Facebook page.
3. Select the Size of your Portrait
You can see a list of my sizes and respective prices here. If you would like a custom size not listed please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss a price. Please remember to consider that once framed, your portrait could be over 6 inches larger in both width and length.
Larger drawings can show more detail, but only if the photograph is high enough quality (see the photo guide). Photographs that show less detail or are of poorer quality are better suited for smaller drawings.
4. Send in your Order
To order, please either send me an e-mail or message me through my Facebook page. Please include your preferred medium, size, how many pets you would like in the drawing, and when you need to have your drawing completed for (special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc). Please also include an email address for invoicing to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Please remember that if you need extra time to get your drawing mounted and framed, your drawing may need to be finished in advance of your deadline, so please take that into consideration (generally 2-3 weeks for professional framing).
5. Pay the Deposit
Once we have agreed upon a size and the price of your drawing, and I have seen the photographs, I will require a 25% deposit before I start. This can be paid through an invoice by either Paypal or bank transfer. This deposit is non-refundable once I have started work on your mock-up.
Once your deposit has been paid, I will give you an estimated date as to when I plan to start working on your drawing. In preparation for your drawing I will create a digital mock-up to show you how your portrait will approximately look. This is the time to discuss whether you would like anything added or removed from your portrait (ie collars, name tags, leads etc). Please note that if I do not receive a response within 7 days I will move onto my next commission.
7. Final Preview
After the mock-up, I will begin your portrait. Please let me know if you would like additional work in progress shots as I will happily supply them. If not, the next image I will send you is the final preview. By this stage, it is often hard to make many additional changes, but if necessary any changes can be discussed on an individual basis. After approval of the final preview, the remaining balance will be made payable. Please note P&P is not included, and will be added onto the final balance. This is normally around £7-8 for the UK, however international postage can be upwards of £20 depending on size.
Once payment is complete, your drawing will be securely packaged (all drawings are shipped flat). For addresses within the UK, your drawing will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery (a fully tracked and signed for service). For international addresses, shipping method and prices will be discussed on an individual basis. Please note that your portrait will not be shipped until your payment has cleared.