The mediums I use for the Portraits are Graphite pencil for the Black/white pencil sketch, or for the full colour work Gouache, which is an opaque watercolour, with Acrylic being used for the undetailed background if required.
The procedure for the portrait is usually that I set up a photo session (included in the price) where I can specifically get the detailed shots that are required for the portrait, then you are welcome to choose from the selection of photo’s or leave the choice to me. This does however depend on where you live, if you are not within our local area or are not planning on a visit to Cornwall then what I need is as much reference as possible, especially just of the head if that is the portrait required, the more detailed reference i have the more I can gain a feel for the Pets colour and individual characteristics, I do not like to add in detail where I can’t see it. FOR TIPS ON TAKING REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE REFER TO THE “TAKING REF PHOTOS” UNDER THE PET PORTRAIT MENU.
Framing & Presentation
Framing is not included in the price of the portrait; however framing can be arranged locally in the style of my landscapes, which is natural Ash. This is however not advisable if we have to put it in transit to get the piece to you due to the glass possibly breaking and damaging the portrait, but if you are able to collect from the shop framing can be an option. If unframed the finished portrait is presented with a single mount and a thin clear acetate layer to protect it until it’s framed, this makes an attractive presentation especially if it is a gift for someone. If you have any questions about the procedure or just to discuss your requirements please feel free to contact me on the numbers provided.
Price List, Deposit & Postage
Due to the time taken on a portrait, a deposit is required before work is undertaken of at least 50% of the final amount. Please see below for the current 2014 price list. Completed commissions can be posted onto you using special picture boxes, they are basically two double wall boxes which slide into one another for added protection, I have used them numerous times with no problems, the cost for this service is £12.00.