Would you like a unique picture of your son, daughter or grandchild as an everlasting memory? Or maybe you would love to give someone a special gift of their children. Then look no further.....
It is always a huge honour to be entrusted to draw someone so precious and important. For me, a child's portrait is more than just capturing a likeness, its a unique blend of appearance, personality and my vision as an artist to create a picture that tells a story.
Many hours go into producing a portrait that you will be able to treasure for many years to come. It can take anywhere from 40-100+ hours to produce a piece of work dependent upon size and complexity. My portraits are created in high quality artist pencils using Derwent Lightfast, Caran D’ache Luminance and Prismacolors on acid free archival paper. I work from good quality photos so I can create the level of detail I like to produce in a piece of work.
It is a very simple process to book a commission, just CONTACT ME and I will be very happy to discuss your requirements and walk you through the process.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR PRICES, MY GIFT PRESENTATION EXPERIENCE AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
This is a guide to my prices based on one child. If you are looking to add more children to a picture, a pet, a collage format or a different size then please get in touch and I'd be happy to give you a quote. All quotes are effective for three months.
Prices include UK delivery and pictures are sent using Royal Mail Special Delivery or via a courier depending upon location and size. If you live elsewhere in the world, then I can ship worldwide. Just CONTACT ME for a quote.
This is a video of my gift presentation for my pet portrait commissions, but the packaging is the same for my children's portraits.
Portraits up to 12"x16" in size are mounted with acid free mount board and backing board and wrapped in acid free acetate. They then arrive beautifully presented wrapped in tissue paper in a presentation gift box tied in ribbon. You will also be presented with a Certificate of Authenticity and a picture care guide, to help you be able to enjoy your picture for a life time. *Pictures bigger than 12"x16" in size, will be packaged up securely and sent to you unmounted (not in a gift box) due to size for safe delivery.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE A COMMISSION?
This really depends upon the length of my waiting list. If you CONTACT ME, I can give you an idea of when I can complete your portrait. When I'm actually working on your portrait, it can take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks to complete, depending upon size and complexity. If you are looking to gift the picture as a present for a particular date then please get in touch sooner rather than later.
I HAVE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS, BUT I'M NOT SURE IF THEY WILL WORK, CAN YOU HELP ME?
I am more than happy to look at your photographs. I always ask customers to send me around 8-10 photographs to look at if possible. This gives me an opportunity to look at your child from different positions to get to know them, and also look for the best photograph to work from. I have written a blog to help you take the best possible photographs of your child for me to be able to produce the best possible work of art for you, I will always be honest, and if I feel they wouldn't work then I would prefer to say at the outset and provide you with guidance to get the best possible photos. Ideally, I would be able to select a couple of photos that would work well, so you can then choose which you would prefer.
I WOULD LIKE A BACKGROUND BUT I'M NOT SURE WHAT I WOULD LIKE, CAN YOU ADVISE ME?
Absolutely! Creating a picture that tells a story is my specialty. I love nothing more than designing and creating a background to set the scene for your child. Most of my customers would like a background that they are happy for me to decide upon. I like to ask you some questions and then make some suggestions to ensure I am creating something you will be happy with. Sometimes people would like it to be based upon somewhere important to them, such as an area that is important to the family. In which case I would ask for photos to have a look at and then work with you to create something that would work.
WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY COMMISSION?
Once we have chosen a photograph you are happy for me to work from, then you will pay a 25% non refundable deposit to secure your place on my waiting list. It's at this point, I also send you a contract with all the details we have discussed and my terms and conditions for you to read and electronically sign. Once your picture is completed, I send you a final photo of your picture for your approval before you pay the remaining 75% balance (and any extra postage costs) and then I post it to you.
HOW DO I PAY?
The majority of my customers are happy to pay by bank transfer as this saves on unnecessary fees. If this does not suit you then I accept payment via PayPal.
AM I ABLE TO SEE ANY WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTOS?
Yes! Most of my customers enjoy receiving some work in progress photographs and watching their child develop into a work of art. If you prefer to wait for the final photo and have a surprise then that is also ok.
IT'S A SURPRISE GIFT, CAN YOU KEEP IT A SECRET AND NOT POST ANY PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Of course! I love being in on creating a surprise gift and I am more than happy to keep it a secret and not post any work in progress or final pictures of it on social media until after it has been gifted.
WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT TO THE DRAWING?
Whilst the original picture belongs to you, the copyrights to it remain with me. Basically, this means that you don't have the right to make any copies of it without written permission from me the artist. I also have the right to post my drawing on my website and social media and any advertising materials. More information about this is available in my terms and conditions, which is attached to my contract.
ARE YOU ABLE TO SEND COMMISSIONS ABROAD?
Yes I can, I have sent pictures to a few different countries. If you CONTACT ME and let me know where you are and what you are wanting, then I can look and see what delivery costs would be. Depending upon your country, any customs tax that needs paying would be down to you.
If you have any other questions or are looking to book a commission with me then please do GET IN TOUCH and I would be delighted to help you.