How to choose a good photo
If you are sending a photo by post, it needs to be well lit and sharp.
I don't know your pet, so I need to be able to see as many details as
possible to get a good likeness. Try to get down to your pet's eye level
- this makes for a much better photo. Outdoor light on a slightly overcast
day works very well.
If you are emailing a file, it will help if the image is at least 1500
pixels on the longest side. If you do not have a photo that meets all
these requirements, send more than one and I can pick the features from
whichever is clearest.
What happens next
I will ask for a deposit of a third of the cost of the work, payable
by Paypal. You are welcome to ask to look at the work in progress at
any time, and make any comments that you think will help me get the
best likeness of your pet. When the work is complete, I will send it
to you, mounted but unframed so that you can choose your own presentation.
I can usually complete a work within about two weeks. If it is going
to take any longer than this, I will keep you informed of the progress.
I will also email or phone you (usually email) when I post the picture
For a head and shoulders picture of your pet, I charge £120. Postage
is free for all drawings. If you would like a picture with more than one
animal in it, contact me for a quotation.
I live in Bath, Somerset, and have painted since I was a child, using
oils, watercolours and inks. In my mid fifties, looking for a new direction,
I decided to try using pastels. From then on, I was hooked, which just
proves that it's never too late to learn a new skill! I use Faber Castell
Pitt pencils for most of my work.