Commissions

Would you like an original hand-painted picture of your special pet?.

I am happy to discuss ideas with you, to hopefully produce a painting for you to treasure, or to give as a gift to someone to celebrate a special event?

If you are interested in a commission, of your pet, I would need you to supply a good, clear full faced photograph. The better the photo the better the painting will be. Alternatively I am willing to take the photograph myself (depending on where you live) but obviously that would have to be at your expense, depending on travelling involved.
Please E-mail me a good quality photo, or an explanation of what you would like, together with the rough size.  I could then discuss with you further details and your requirement and give you a quote on price.
Price guide

Approx Canvas Sizes

Single Head Full Body
30 x 40 cm / 40 x 40 cm £240 £270
40 x 50 cm / 50 x 50 cm £270 £310
50 x 60 cm / 60 x 60 cm £320

£370

Prices are based on the portrait of a single animal with a blended background. For first additional subject add 50 % to the price and 30 % thereafter. Complicated backgrounds are an additional charge. Other sizes available.

Guide to taking a good pet photo. 

  • Try and get a pose that is typical and best captures your pet, e.g. ears pricked up or tongue hanging out.
  • Clear eyes are important. 
  • Using a tripod will help gain a clear picture.
  • Having another person to give treat or use a toy to help hold their gaze or give the interest maybe helpful. Try and get the  pet to look at your shoulder  rather than directly at the camera.
  • Pictures are often best taken at eye level rather than looking down on them as this often gives a distorted view. Lay on the floor if you need to.
  • If the pet sits rather than lays down and is  at a slight angle it often gives a more interesting picture than face on.
  • You may need to take several pictures over several days. You don’t want the pet to look fed up.
Lighting
  • The best lighting is outside on a bright but overcast day, with the light source behind you. Good natural daylight will give the best true colour.
  • Avoid bright sunlight, which can cast shadows and cause the pet to squint.
  • If taken indoors avoid a flash. Morning sun is best by a window. Have your back against the window, with the pet facing towards you.
Good Luck

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