Taking a photograph
If you decide you'd like to commission a portrait, the first thing we need to organise is the photograph that I'll work from. I always prefer to come and take photographs myself, mainly because meeting the animals gives an invaluable insight into their personality which inevitably adds another dimension to the picture. It also ensures I'll have a good-quality image to work from. I'm happy to travel free of charge within a 10-mile radius of NN13 5NG. Costing can be discussed for locations further afield.
Choosing a photograph
I'll send a selection of the photographs via email or WhatsApp for you to review. I'm happy to guide you on which I feel would make the best portrait, or completely hand that decision over if you'd prefer.
Portrait size and style
I'll need to know what size the portrait needs to be; the largest being 50" x 70" (unframed) and the smallest being A4 (unframed), and a choice on the colour of the board; generally either white or grey. You may want a contemporary style or a more traditional style which can also be discussed.
I'll send work-in-progress pictures once the bulk of the portrait is complete to make sure you're happy with how it's shaping up, and a final image once complete. Clients are welcome to visit in person to approve the final portrait once complete if location allows.
Due to the delicate nature of pastels, the finished portrait will need to be framed and glazed before being transported. The cost of the frame is additional to the portrait. I use a highly experienced framer who has a wide range of mounts and moulds available. The cost of framing a 50" x 70" portrait (for example) starts at around £150, and is dependent on the chosen style of mould and mount.
Collection is preferred, but if a collection isn't possible I can deliver the final piece within a reasonable distance providing fuel costs are covered. Courier delivery can be discussed if necessary.

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