PET PORTRAIT FAQ
Whether commissioning a portrait of current pets or commemorating those that have sadly passed, we keep in regular contact from initial consultation to final delivery to ensure I am creating a true representation that meets your approval. I want you to enjoy a hassle free process and be absolutely thrilled with the personal touches and one-of-a-kind style of your pet portrait. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to CONTACT me for a chat.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does a portrait take to complete?
Your highly detailed pet portrait can take anything from five to fifty hours depending on size, number of pets and complexity of the animals. If you need your artwork for a specific date, please let me know when ordering so I can do my best to accommodate you on my waiting list.
Do you paint from photos?
Yes. I generally work from one favourite photo but to ensure I achieve the best likeness, it helps to have extra photos or even a short video. Check out my guide to selecting the best photos of your pet HERE. I base my work solely on images supplied by you, but if we live in close proximity and can both make the time, I'd love to meet up with you and your animal friend/s.
What does the price include?
All prices are quoted for artwork only painted with quality Australian hand-made artists watercolours on heavyweight Australian hand-made watercolour paper. Your painting will include tinted textured background, and personalised pet name embellishment.
Will my portrait be framed?
No. I do not supply artwork framed as it becomes very difficult to post safely and an unframed work gives you the opportunity to coordinate the style and colour of the framing with the intended wallspace and its surrounds. I do however recommend a few framers in Melbourne and am happy to help you arrange this aspect.
How do I make payment?
Upon receipt of your personalised quote, I require a 50% deposit to secure your booking and the balance 50% plus postage costs is due within three days of completion, prior to it's journey home. If you would like to purchase on a payment plan, I'm happy to arrange a manageable option for both of us. I accept direct bank transfers and cash from Australian customers and take PayPal and credit cards from international customers.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes. Simply contact me with the recipients details and amount you wish to spend and will I create a personalised certificate in PDF form for you to email or print out to present as a gift.
THE COMMISSION PROCESS
STEP 1. Send me an EMAIL with at least one favourite photo of your pet attached (as per photo guide HERE), the colour and size that would best suit your budget from the PRICE LIST, the timeframe you would like your artwork delivered by (in case of a special occasion), how you prefer to be contacted (phone or email) and the best time to get in touch. If you want to talk things over before doing this, by all means give me a CALL first.
STEP 2. I will contact you to chat about your inquiry, clarify any further requirements (photo suitability, multiple pets, payment options etc), specific embellishments plus your pet's defining character traits. From this I prepare a personalised quote and email it to you - if you decide to proceed, a 50% deposit places your portrait in the queue.
STEP 3. Before your artwork commences, I create a digital layout of your portrait, including pet name embellishment, using the photos you supplied. If a multiple portrait, I will patch together the pets into one pleasing design. This digital layout is then emailed to you for your feedback, alterations and approval for the artwork to proceed.
STEP 4. The first stage of artwork involves preparing the tinted textured background then carefully drawing the portrait in tones of graphite pencil to ensure proportions and markings are correct. A photo of this drawing will be emailed to you for feedback, alterations and approval before applying watercolour.
STEP 5. The second stage of artwork involves painting many layers of watercolour to build up richness of colour and depth of texture. Midway through this process, a photo of painting progress will be emailed to you for feedback, small alterations and approval before applying the final layers of colour and detailing.
STEP 6. The final stage of artwork involves completing the watercolour layers, refining the details to accentuate your pet's unique features and balancing out shadows and highlights. A photo of your completed portrait will be emailed to you for feedback, minor alterations (once the many layers of watercolour have been applied only minimal changes can be made due to the permanence of the paint) and final approval - upon which your 50% balance of payment is due before delivery.