Further information about commissioning a pencil portrait
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE DRAWING?
I would normally expect to complete your portrait within 3-4 weeks of receiving your photograph, although this does depend on my current workload. If you need the portrait in a shorter space of time, please let me know and I will do my best to meet your needs. However, I may be busier at certain times of the year.
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY PHOTOGRAPH?
To produce a quality, detailed portrait, I need to work from a good quality photograph. Below are a few pointers for choosing a suitable image.
- Choose a photograph that you feel captures the person or animal. The subject doesn’t need to be looking at the camera. Sometimes, an image of the subject doing something he or she enjoys can express a unique characteristic.
- The subject should be in focus and there should be sufficient light to enable me to see and draw the detail. Photographs taken outside in natural light often produce a better image to draw.
- Higher resolution photographs are preferred (the higher the number of pixels, the sharper the picture). Photographs of more than 1MB in size are preferable.
- If the subject is too small, I will not be able to see enough detail or produce a good likeness.
- Please be aware that I am only able to draw the subject as he or she is shown in the chosen photograph.
HOW DO I SEND MY PHOTOGRAPH?
- Digital images can be sent electronically via email to email@example.com.
- Please feel free to send me more than one image and I will email you to let you know which one I think is best to use. If local, I am happy to look at various photographs with you and decide together on the best image.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
- Once the decision has been made on the best photograph, I will confirm the price and expected time-scale for completing the work.
- I will then request a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total price.*
- I will email you a copy of the finished portrait for your approval before full payment.
- Once approved, I will request payment of the remaining 80% balance plus the cost of sending the finished portrait by Special Delivery.*
- I will send you the finished portrait once the payment has cleared.
* Payment can be made by Paypal, cheque or direct bank transfer.
HOW IS THE PORTRAIT PACKAGED AND SENT?
- Unless requested, the portrait will not be mounted but will be presented in a clear sleeve.
- If you would like the drawing mounted and/or framed, please contact me for details of the options available.
- The drawing will be packaged appropriately and marked as fragile to ensure it arrives in good condition. All portraits are sent using Special Delivery within the UK.
- If you live outside the UK, you can still commission a portrait. Royal Mail's Tracked and Signed service is recommended to ensure safe delivery.