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How to commission a portrait

First of all, thank you for considering me as the artist to draw your much loved pet. Commissioning a portrait is very simple. you will need to do/consider the following things:

   - Would you like the portrait to be in coloured pencils, graphite (B&W) or soft pastels? have a look at some of my work to see which you would prefer

   - What size would you like your portrait? please see my price list for the various sizes, don't worry if you would like it in a different size to those listed, thats something easily discussed. Please bear in mind that portraits always look better mounted and this will increase the frame size you will need

   - Have you got a good photograph of your pet? (preferably a selection of photo's for reference). The photograph needs to be taken outside, as natural light improves the accuracy of colour and the detail in the picture.  Is the picture nice and clear? e.g. can you see the details of the fur and reflections in the eyes? A good picture will show lots of detail when zoomed into.  Is the photograph taken at a good angle? portraits look better when they are at eye level with the pet, if you are not sure just send me the picture/s and we can have a chat about it

When you have considered all of the above send me an email with some photographs attached and details of what you would like.  Please be aware that there may be a waiting list, so book early if you have a time frame in mind for the portrait.  I will advise you of my timeframes in my reply.  

If you would like more than one animal in the portrait, then add £30 per animal to the cost, please message me for advice about the best size etc and for a more precise quote. 

No deposit is required until I begin work on your portrait, I will then require a 50% (non-refundable) deposit. 

Email: jo4gardiner@yahoo.co.uk

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