how to commission a portrait

Here are a selection of questions on how to commission a portrait.

-Hand drawn.
(No computer generated Sketch software, just hand drawn by myself).
-No deposit, (3 subjects or less).
(You may be asked for a small deposit over 3 subjects).
-Unlimited revisions.
(In the unlikely event there will need little changes, I won’t be happy until you are happy).
-Risk free, satisfaction guaranteed.
(In a nutshell, in the extremely unlikely event after any amendments made, don’t like it! Don’t pay for it.
-No hidden charges.
(What you see is what you get).
-Hundreds of genuine reviews.
(See my review page for all genuine reviews and reference emails.)

-Fully insured post.
(In the unlikely event, the parcel gets lost or damaged; I will do the portrait again for you, free of charge.
How to commission a portrait.

I will need a suitable photo of your subject(s) to create your portrait, as I draw these hand drawn portraits from your photos only.
I am more than happy to offer direction when it comes to choosing the right dimensions for a portrait.
I would recommend a simpler head and shoulder portrait for the smaller sizes I offer.
If you want the portrait full body then I would suggest a larger size; however this will depend if it’s to be done as a graphite pencil drawing on paper, a watercolour, colour or acrylic on canvas.
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The standard sizes I offer are A4, A3, and A2, but I would be happy to do any size you would like.
In most cases I would suggest you contact me before to discuss your commission, along with your chosen photos.
I can also offer guidance when it comes to choosing the right photos, to get the right results for the perfect outcome of your portrait.
Once we have both agreed to start the portrait, then I will book you in.
Then just wait for me to contact you again with the complete image of the portrait.
What I do is scan the portrait, and send you an image to your email address to view and approve.
Once you are happy, I will then ask for the payment, which I ask you to kindly pay within 7 days of receiving the invoice.
If you have an earliest date the portrait can be paid for then please try and inform me of this when booking.
Once paid then your parcel will be send via insured post.
If you have any other questions of how to commission a portrait, please contact me.

In most cases I won’t ask for a deposit, if there is over three subjects to be done ,then I may ask for a deposit of around 30%, however this will be discussed with you beforehand.
Any other questions on how to commission a portrait please contact me.
In the extremely unlikely event you don’t like the portrait, I will first try and rectify the problem.
If no compromise can be met then I will just leave it at that and won’t ask for a penny.
Please let me know if you have any other questions on how to commission a portrait.
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If you think there is something not quite right with the portrait.
I will address this until you are fully satisfied, no quibbles.
If you have any other questions on how to commission a portrait.
Contact me today.
You can have your portrait delivered anywhere in the world, but you must contact me first for me to give you a delivery charge.
There are three ways you can store a photograph, either by scanner digital camera, or take a photo using your web cam.
All instructions should come with the devices, you should save these to your pictures folder.
Always remember where your photos are stored, to send them via email have a look at this for 4 different ways to send.

For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, send me an email or give me a call.
Payment options:
– Bank transfer ( I will supply you with my bank details).
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– Cheque ( The cheque will have to clear before portrait is dispatched).
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– Pay Pal ( You don’t have to have a pay pal account to pay using this method, you can use your debit or credit cards, 3% charge will apply using this service).
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If you have any other questions on how to commission a portrait, please feel free to contact me.
You can have your portrait done from separate photo’s, but try to get the light source on the photographs similar to each other, (although this can be adapted).
Any other other questions on how to commission a portrait, please email me today.
This all depends on the delivery service used, and how fast you need the portrait to you, to determine which courier it’s sent by if you have any concerns, just contact me first.
For none framed parcels they are sent via royal mail recorded delivery, tracked.

Framed portraits are sent via a selection of couriers but all tracked.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, please let me know.
Do I get my photographs back?
Photo questions.
All the photographs sent by post are kept in the same condition they arrived in, and you will get them back in your parcel.
Please make sure you have permission to use the photograph in the drawing as I will not be held responsible for copyrighting purposes.
Any other questions on how to commission a portrait, just drop me an email or give me a call.
There are many different pencils I’ve used through the years.
This may varied for each piece.
Coloured pencils are prisma colour artist pencils.

Which are only available in the USA.
I find these to be the best quality, they leave an oily surface which is good for blending.
If you have any other concerns on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to ask.
The most common technique that the artist uses, is hatching and cross hatching.
This is just a process of crossing over lines very finely.
Brushing Is also used in the graphite drawings, this is powdered graphite on a paint brush, which is used to apply a first coat to the portrait, giving the look of smooth skin, however may or may not be this case at present.
I just have my own unique style.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
There are no extra charges to go on top like vat, what you see is what you pay.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you think there is something not quite right with the portrait, i will address this until you are fully satisfied, no quibbles.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yes your portrait is fully insured, not by the courier but by me, (uk only) in the case it’s lost or damaged I will redo your portrait, but no refund is given.
I would have to rebook you in for the redo, please alow up to 4 weeks for the work to be finished.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yes, I will be happy to let you pay in 1, 2 or 3 installments, this is only available at certain times of the year, contact me before, you won’t be able to receive the portrait until all payments are complete.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
The parcels are only packed using the best possible product available at that time to keep the paper perfectly flat, to ensure no creasing occurs during shipping.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
The papers I tend to use most are a smooth surface cartridge paper made by Windsor newton, these are 100% acid free and are great for the colour portraits as the surface has a little more of a grain than the even smoother surface Bristol boards, which I sometimes use for the graphite portraits. Especially if I’m going for the totally white surface as the cartridge paper I use is an off white.
I can even use an alternative colour paper which can bring out the colours of pets which are lighter in colour.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
In some cases, I will treat the portrait surface with a Windsor and newton professional portrait fixative,, the main idea behind these sprays is to stop the medium from smudging, and to fix it to the paper, it can also help reduce glare from light, especially with graphite medium.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Mounting is what I use to fix the paper the portrait is mounted on to a more rigid board.
The board surface is wet mounted then the paper is fixed to this, the idea behind is to stop the paper from future warping when it’s up against a frame and mount and to keep perfectly straight.
Products used for this are ph neutral.
For any other questions on how to commission a portrait, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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